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WinAVR, parallel port and Windows 2k

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    Ok, I desoldered and re-soldered my cable (with the correct pinout
    this time).

    To test it, I tried turning on and off bit one on the parallel port,
    and measuring Pin 2 wrt ground with my multimeter. code:

    MOV DX,0378
    MOV AL,01
    RET code:
    MOV DX,0378
    MOV AL,00

    This works just fine with FreeDOS (booted from CD).

    HOWEVER, when I try using install_giveio.bat with the WinAVR tools, my and routines failed to give any change on my

    (I should mention, I'm running Windows 2000 on my laptop.)

    Somehow I have a sinking feeling that AVRDude won't be able to flash
    my ATTiny13 chip if it can't access the parallel port.



  2. Guest

    Whoops, I meant to post this on c.a.e instead of s.e.b. Sorry about

  3. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    You probably don't have user level access to the hardware on the
    win 2k machine. Do A google search for to fix the
  4. mc

    mc Guest

    Under Windows, port access is virtualized. Your software is supposed to be
    communicating with the printer port through a printer driver. Look at -- there are drivers that will allow you to bit-twiddle the
    printer port.
  5. Guest

    Ok, will do.

    I tried fiddling with WINAVR last night; I didn't get very far. avr-
    gcc refused to compile my test project (blinky lights). It probably
    doesn't help that I'm not very good at making makefiles.

    I'll try the AVR tools from Atmel, and look at their assembler.


  6. Guest

    Ok, thanks. I was under the impression that giveio.sys didn't require
    a rewrite of legacy code... guess I was wrong.
  7. David Brown

    David Brown Guest

    Installing the giveio driver is not enough - your program must also open
    a handle to the driver to be allowed direct hardware access (and
    therefore direct access to the parallel port). There should be plenty
    of examples on the web of how to do this.

    If you want an even easier solution (but definitely not a *safe*
    solution!) you can install the "totalio" driver. Whenever that driver
    is started, *all* programs get full direct access to the hardware, just
    like under Win9x. When you install "totalio", make sure that it is set
    to "manual" start, not "automatic", and start it only when needed with
    "net start totalio". But the giveio path is very much the preferred method.
  8. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    Google for, which is a small utility
    to unlock access to all wanted hardware ports.
    Normally all access to the ports is blocked in
  9. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    You should update your tools to a serial or USB programmer. I don't
    have any fathe in tools that require special drivers. That is one reason
    I keep a 98Se machine around.
  10. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    giveio may need adminsitrator prifviledges to work.
    maybe build this, and download the software from the atmel site,

    I've got a genuine Atmel STK200 programmer here, and as far as I can
    tell this circuit is identical (ATMEL filed the numbers off the chip).

    watch the pinout on the parallel port, follow the numbers not the outline

  11. The Atmel syntax is awful. Maybe there exist a gas version for
    Atmel so you can use AT&T syntax. But the AVR instruction set
    very simple so it's no problem to write your own assembler. I
    have written one using 68k syntax. You will find it together
    with a tutorial for a simple beginners project at:
  12. David Brown

    David Brown Guest

    You were almost correct - it does *not* need a rewrite of legacy code.
    It just needs a small addition to open a handle to the giveio driver,
    which is hardly a difficult task if you have access to the source code.
    If you don't have access to the source code, then totalio is the answer.


  13. linnix

    linnix Guest

    (from caveman commericals)
    Yes, I have a response.
    WinAVR comes with gcc and gas.
  14. Jasen Betts

    Jasen Betts Guest

    avrgcc ships with a version of gas (at&t syntax assembler).
    I did a ~700 line project in avra (basically the atmel syntax
    with a few ease-of-use features added) I didn't find it
    particularly painful, it helped that the syntax I was using
    matched that of the documentation I was reading.

    As I'm fairly familiar with intel x86,
    gas is a bit oa a learning curve.

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