If I only connect the VSS (pin 1) to ground and VDD (pin 2) to voltage, will I see anything on this LCD screen (as a test)?
Might I expect to see a cursor of some type?
Simple data sheet: http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/178/08216h3-11837.pdf
Or do I have to send data also? I apply 5v (up to 6v) and I don't see anything.
Also, what is Vl pin 3?
Does it need voltage on it also?
Is there any easy way to test an LCD screen like this in lieu of connecting all data lines to a source?
EDIT 2 - success
All the great help got me there. Thanks to @Janka and @duskwuff. Janka, just like you said one dark row and one light row. DuskWuff - got the pot connected to Vl and adjusting that is what made it show up.