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Simple Printer Port Interface, Input-Output - del20005


Printer Port Circuit to see the inputs logic state and drive a few outputs. The preset control program helps test out the circuit operation. Use safe 5V Levels.

This page triggered by  "Use of a PC Printer Port for Control and Data Acquisition" Printer Port Page of  Peter H. Anderson.

So i made some example circuits and VB programs for students. A demo Milli Volt source, Digital Voltmeter and Logic Analyzer examples for learning, are on these pages.  I have tried to derive power from PC itself in this circuit, Care should be taken not to short circuit or apply any voltages above 5V to PC Port Pins.

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There are protection in all chips these days, but you may stress the limits, so design and use opto couplers to be on the safer side. See Parallel printer port. that uses opto-isolators. and Opto-isolators.

74HCT373 is the only chip used to interface the real world with the PC Parallel port. The Inputs to this chip are protected with Resistors and Zeners. 3 outputs of PC are also monitored using LEDs. This gives you a IO interface for experimenting. Below is a Preset counter simulation that you can use with this circuit for testing. Schmitt Triggers and Signal Conditioning may be required for Noisy and Non-Sandard Inputs.

Preset Counter Demo
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Simple Printer Port Interface, Input-Output - del20005
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The vb programs works well on xp-p4 and may not work well on win98-P2 (speed). Logic inputs in above circuit are floating add a 100K to ground for all 5 inputs if you want to use it as a logic probe.The Logic Analyzer Program is here  dla_demo.zip . Demo Logic Analyzer 100KHz VB6 program with source code, can be tried with this circuit. An Example to get fast time in uS as vb timer min. 1ms is here perftmr.zip.

The design source is here 20005.zip. A visual basic 6 program with source, to test this circuit and experiment is here dpc_demo.zip. Preset Counter Demo for Printer Port.

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Do you have an old PC lying around the house which absolutely no one wants? Then you can convert it into a dedicated controller. Communicate with the real world via the parallel printer port on your PC. Simply connect printer cable from computer to D25 connector on relay board