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    Default Need LPT port cable

    I am going to build a new system based on a EP45-DS3R board. I am looking for the parallel port cable that connects to the board and provides an external port. After much searching I am asking those on the board if they know where to purchase the Gigabyte part or a suitable replacement.

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    Thanks for the many options. I do appreciate it.

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    I suggest that we ALL nag NewEgg, and tell 'em that if they'd be so kind as to stock these parts, they'd get ALL the business in the US, as, apparently NO ONE sells the D#$%^d things!

    If there is no firm resolution by the time I get my board, I will use some old headers, hook 'em up to a breakout box, write a couple little 'port exercise' programs, and figure it out by brute force! Then, at least, we will know what's what, so we can cobble up our own!

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    Just an afterthought - dawned on me that almost no-one alive today probably knows what a breakout box IS

    Little pocket gadget that connects every pin of a 25 pin RS connector to a separate, bi-polar LED - glows one color if positive voltage on pin, other color for negative. 'Back in the old days', comm standards were 'iffy': one POS would lock-on DSR, another would switch it when they felt like it - breakout box (which also allows you to short pins together with little jumpers) would tell you what you needed to know to solder up a working (well, most of the time, anyways...) cable...

    quoted from: "Annals of an Old Fart"...

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    HAHA! Ya, that would be nice. I think all of the above is fine for any GA board though, a printer cable is a printer cable no matter the make of it I think. Least that is what I hear.

    Hope the OP posts back on which he ordered, and let us know how it worked out

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    Yeah - I've actually thought about submitting a column to PC Mag or Computer Shopper about that - 'forum sensibilities' or some such...

    1) RFM!

    2) search before posting - someone else has probably HAD your problem, & that way, you won't need to wait for an answer,

    and

    3) once your problem IS solved, POST THE SOLUTION for the next poor guy...

    Everyone with a problem has a motive to follow up, perhaps post additional info to aid in the diagnosis, and keep checking back, but, POOF, once the problem is solved the motive evaporates!

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    Default Re: Need LPT port cable

    There's (as usual) a great, pertinent Dilbert:

    [Dogbert's Tech Support]:

    (Dogbert's answering the phone)

    "I think I know what your problem is..."

    "Take all the parts and arrange them into neat piles. Now stand on your chair so you can see above your cubicle wall..."

    "Now shout 'Does anybody know how to read a manual?'"
    Last edited by Lsdmeasap; 10-05-2008 at 03:42 PM.

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    LPT ports may be the same, but the connector on the motherboard is by no means a standard. Read here some stories of those that bought a "standard" LPT adapter and found it didn't work:

    Looking for LPT Port Bracket

    BTW, Gigabyte has published the pin assignment here:

    http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/FileList/...ry/01_port.jpg

    And these things are damn hard to find. I can't find a US dealer that sells them online. I emailed a few retailers, hopefully I'll get something back.

    I need this to run an old LCD module - I've tried two LPT->USB adapters with no success. They may work for printers but if the software needs direct control of pins the USB adapters are junk. I'm about ready to buy an add-in LPT PCI card and be done with it, unless Bilbat wants to wire me up a special cable. :)

    Shame on Gigabyte for making this so difficult.
    Last edited by swank121; 10-14-2008 at 08:40 AM.

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