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Discussion in 'Misc Electronics' started by Allan Adler, Aug 23, 2005.

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  1. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    I'm slowly reading the book, Linux Device Drivers, 2nd edition.
    In the beginning, they mention that for the most part you don't
    have to have to try any of it out on any actual hardware, but
    that in chapters 8 and 9, you might need to solder a little bit
    of wire. The closest I found to an explanation was in Ch.9, p.253,
    where they say: "A short length of wire inserted into the appropriate
    holes in the parallel port connector on the back of your system will
    create this connection." By "this connection", they mean they want
    pins 9 and 10 to be connected. A few lines later, they write: "If you'd
    rather avoid soldering, but you do have a printer at hand, you can run
    the sample interrupt handler using a real printer, as shown later. Note,
    however, that the probing functions we are going to introduce depend
    on the jumper between pin 9 and pin 10 being in place, and you'll need
    it to experiment with probing using our code."

    I believe that what they have in mind is not difficult, but I don't
    think they have described it adequately. I'm not sure what they want
    me to do in the way of soldering. Solder what to what? They have a pin
    diagram of the parallel port in Ch.8 but I just don't believe they want
    me to solder something to it.

    Along the way, they mumble: "The simplest way to force the interface to
    generate interrupts (short of hooking up a printer to the port) is to
    connect pins 9 and 10 of the parallel connector." Maybe when they say
    "connector", they mean to obtain the kind of connector that plugs into
    the parallel port (just the connector, with nothing attached to it, i.e.
    no printer) and connect two pins on that plug by soldering a wire to both
    of them. And then the two pins on the parallel port get connected by plugging
    the connector into the port. And they just forgot to mention that there is
    supposed to be a plug that you are soldering the wire to?

    Is that what they mean? In other words, when they wrote: "...the appropriate
    holes in the parallel port connector on the back of your system", they didn't
    mean the parallel port itself, and they didn't mean the connector that is
    already attached to any device already plugged into the parallel port of
    your computer; they meant a connector that ISN'T on the back of your system
    yet but which is meant to be plugged into it and which you first have to go
    out and purchase and solder the wire on it before plugging into the back
    of your system, after which it will then be on the back of your system.

    Anyway, I just thought it was worth asking about it before burning up my
  2. CWatters

    CWatters Guest

    Ok so to avoid trashing the printer port socket on your PC....

    1) Get a matching plug. See this photo..

    Note you want the "solder bucket type exactly as shown. The photo shows both
    sides of one connector. The bottom one shows the "pin side" that plugs into
    the socket on your PC. The top image shows the side with solder bucket
    terminals that are designed to make it easy to solder wires to. .

    2) Join pins 9 and 10 together using a short loop of wire on the solder
    bucket side. Not the pins side - that would be really dumb!
    If you look carefully at the plug with a magnifying glass you should see
    that the pins are numbered (or at least Pin 1 is numbered).

    Try to make the soldered connections quickly - if you hold the iron on there
    for more than about 5 seconds the plastic supporting the pins might melt and
    distort. Its easy if you clamp the flange (with the two big holes) in a vice
    so it doesn't move around.
  3. Allan Adler

    Allan Adler Guest

    [lucid and helpful advice deleted]
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