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Serial/Parallel Interface

I currently have a laptop with only a 25-pin ecp parallel port. To program our school's Robovation kit, we need a serial interface. I bougth a really cheap port adaptor, but I'm not sure how to interface the parallel port to the serial port on the robot. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

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Re: Serial/Parallel Interface

Unfortunately, you can't convert parallel to serial without some real fancy hardware and drivers, what you can do, however, is get a USB->Serial converter that will turn one of your USB ports into a serial port which will work for programming your Robovation or FIRST Robot Controller. Check Innovation First's web site, I believe they recommend one there...

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I currently have a laptop with only a 25-pin ecp parallel port. To program our school's Robovation kit, we need a serial interface. I bougth a really cheap port adaptor, but I'm not sure how to interface the parallel port to the serial port on the robot. Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

Thanks,

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Re: Serial/Parallel Interface

make sure you get a USB adapter that's reliable. We had some issues with ours last year. It's like an old carbureted car: it works, you just have to use it juuuust right.
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