Julien Mills on 19 Oct 2010 09:59:37 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Serial & parallel ports; lack thereof

  • From: Julien Mills <julienfmills@yahoo.com>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Serial & parallel ports; lack thereof
  • Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:59:29 -0700 (PDT)
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Several years ago I bought a Durabook laptop for exactly that
reason, we needed a serial port to control some of the machinery
here at the bakery.  At that time it was one of the few with a real
serial port.

Don't know about the recent models or even if they're still in business.


Julien Mills julienfmills@yahoo.com

At dinner last night after PLUG W we were talking about the difficulty of getting newer computers, esp. laptops, with serial or parallel ports.  Those ports can be important for controlling certain devices (notably CNC devices, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNC).  And the USB<-->serial adapters do NOT work for CNC due to various timing issues, according to...Eric, I think it was?

The short answer looks like, lots of people [1] still sell PCI Parallel Adapter and PCI serial Adapter (and combo) cards.  Not so useful on a laptop, but if you have a PCI slot, you're golden.

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