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Parallel link cable for Texas Instruments handhelds
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Author: Romain Lievin
Homepage: http://lpg.ticalc.org/prj_dev
INTRODUCTION:
This is a driver for the very common home-made parallel link cable, a cable
designed for connecting TI8x/9x graphing calculators (handhelds) to a computer
or workstation (Alpha, Sparc). Given that driver is built on parport, the
parallel port abstraction layer, this driver is independent of the platform.
It can also be used with another device plugged on the same port (such as a
ZIP drive). I have a 100MB ZIP and both of them work fine !
If you need more information, please visit the 'TI drivers' homepage at the URL
above.
WHAT YOU NEED:
A TI calculator of course and a program capable to communicate with your
calculator.
TiLP will work for sure (since I am his developer !). yal92 may be able to use
it by changing tidev for tipar (may require some hacking...).
HOW TO USE IT:
You must have first compiled parport support (CONFIG_PARPORT_DEV): either
compiled in your kernel, either as a module.
This driver supports the new device hierarchy (devfs).
Next, (as root) from your appropriate modules directory (lib/modules/2.5.XX):
modprobe parport
insmod tipar.o
If it is not already there (it usually is), create the device:
mknod /dev/tipar0 c 115 0
mknod /dev/tipar1 c 115 1
mknod /dev/tipar2 c 115 2
You will have to set permissions on this device to allow you to read/write
from it:
chmod 666 /dev/tipar?
Now you are ready to run a linking program such as TiLP. Be sure to configure
it properly (RTFM).
MODULE PARAMETERS:
You can set these with: insmod tipar NAME=VALUE
There is currently no way to set these on a per-cable basis.
NAME: timeout
TYPE: integer
DEFAULT: 15
DESC: Timeout value in tenth of seconds. If no data is available once this
time has expired then the driver will return with a timeout error.
NAME: delay
TYPE: integer
DEFAULT: 10
DESC: Inter-bit delay in micro-seconds. An lower value gives an higher data
rate but makes transmission less reliable.
These parameters can be changed at run time by any program via ioctl(2) calls
as listed in ./include/linux/ticable.h
Rather than write 50 pages describing the ioctl() and so on, it is
perhaps more useful you look at ticables library (dev_link.c) that demonstrates
how to use them, and demonstrates the features of the driver. This is
probably a lot more useful to people interested in writing applications
that will be using this driver.
QUIRKS/BUGS:
None.
HOW TO CONTACT US:
You can email me at roms@lpg.ticalc.org. Please prefix the subject line
with "TIPAR: " so that I am certain to notice your message.
You can also mail JB at jb@jblache.org. He packaged these drivers for Debian.
CREDITS:
The code is based on tidev.c & parport.c.
The driver has been developed independently of Texas Instruments.