usb-to-parallel port solutions

dave at dave at
Fri Nov 6 01:35:41 CST 2015

On Fri, 6 Nov 2015, drlegendre . wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 8:08 PM, Chris Elmquist <chrise at> wrote:
>> On Friday (11/06/2015 at 01:51AM +0000), dave at wrote:
>>> Can somone recommend a good USB-to-parallel port solution that will
>> easily
>>> work with Linux?
>> FT245??
>> Will look like a tty device to Linux(/dev/ttyUSBn) but baud rate, other
>> settings are ignored and whatever you write to that port comes out the
>> FT245 bit parallel and whatever you strobe into FT245 bit parallel comes
>> out the tty driver on the top side.
>> I have used these as a high speed channel to vintage machines such as
>> Heath H89 and then we ran a disk emulation protocol on top of that.

> @Chris
> For printing use, I've purchased & used several of the ultra-cheap USB to
> Parallel cable devices, readily available on eBay for about $2.00-$3.00
> each.
> Plugs & play, no troubles at all on recent Linux (Xubuntu) and Windows.
> Is that helpful?

I intend to use it to drive the Spare Time Gizmos "Panda PDP-10 Display".

David Griffith
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