The LCD driver package came with a selection of random parts:
The only thing resembling instructions was a product screenshot labeled Wiring Guide:
I suppose a more cautious soul would have researched and carefully understood the role electronic component, and thoughtfully assembled them. Instead, I played a game of 'hey, what fits where?' and before I knew it, I had all the parts connected. The wiring diagram appeared to confirm my assumptions.
I then made my way to my defunct hardware pile and started looking for a 12 Volt, 3 amp adapter that would power this sucker. Despite a ridiculous number of adapters to choose from, I came up empty handed:
I should have been content to leave well enough alone and simply ordered an adapter off of Amazon. But no, I had to push my luck. I found a 12 volt 5 amp adapter that fit and decided to give that guy a go. This was almost certainly a very bad idea.
The little red LED did light up, but other than that, nothing happened. Did I burn out the whole system due to be impatient? Probably. I've ordered the right adapter and it should arrive in another few days. I guess I'll find out then.
For now, a wired heap of electronics is all I've got to show for my handy work. But I'm not ready to give up yet!