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PCI Device Tutorial

I can't seem to find any tutorials for creating a PCI card.
I was thinking of something like a simpler version of this.
Anyone here made an PCI devices? Or any links?
Thanks.

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Punkguyta (author)2009-01-20

Use your parallel port?

alexgeek (author)Punkguyta2009-01-20

That's defying the point of using an internal PCI port really.

Punkguyta (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

Well really, parallel provides the same TTL functions as that card. So really I wouldn't bother wasting the extra pci slot and my money if I already had the port to do what I needed. And from what I can see the parallel port can be used for LOTS of things.

alexgeek (author)Punkguyta2009-01-21

Oh yeah, forgot to say.
Due to a recent capacitor explosion.. my parallel port is no more.
Had to buy a new board, only has a serial.
Guess that will have to do.
That is.. if vista would even pick up on the fact that I have a serial port.
Strangely it says I have an LPT1 printer port.. that's parallel right? Which I don't have.

Strange, I didn't think it would be that hard, in principle I thought it would be like parallel with a different connector.

Punkguyta (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

Perhaps it would be worth a look to see if you motherboard has pin headers for a parallel port, I just pulled apart an old tower the other day and everything was plugged into the motherboard with ribbon cables, even the onboard vga port.

alexgeek (author)Punkguyta2009-01-21

Aye, was just reading up on the ol' manual and I do have have the headers for a parallel port inside. Don't really want to be running my computer with a new motherboard with the case off and me jamming wires all over the place quite yet though. Just gotta wait for some capacitor samples and I should be able to fix my old board and build a test pc for this sort of stuff. Still, not sure why its not picking up on my serial port, I'll have to fiddle with my BIOS again.

Punkguyta (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

You don't have to "start jamming wires in there". Just find an older computer tower with the parallel port attached via a ribbon cable. The end will be fitted with the right length of pin holes to accept the header on your motherboard. I can't see it being some kind of propriety cable.

alexgeek (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

That was easy, for some reason it was disabled in BIOS. Now I've gotta test my max3232.

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-01-20

you can't create your own PCI card.... it's almost impossible

alexgeek (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-20

As far as I'm aware its like any other way of connecting a device to your computer but it requires you make your own driver.

Sandisk1duo (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

that too just buy a crap PCI card, and you're good to go

Punkguyta (author)Sandisk1duo2009-01-21

Perhaps there'd be more interest in taking an existing pci card (could be anything from a I/O card to a video card) and then tinker with it from there. Also, if my memory remorses me, some video cards (most likely only DVI) have a form of serial connection built into the connector (not just the monitor ID lines) that you can also use for controlling certain projects.

Punkguyta (author)alexgeek2009-01-21

And no one really likes writing drivers for windows unless they're paid handsomely. Even still the dev teams still usually require a keg of beer at least once a week.

NachoMahma (author)2009-01-20

. If you don't have to use PCI, this is a cheaper alternative.
. Your going to have a hard time building you own PCI I/O card for less that the 53 USD Futurelec is asking.
. Or Just Search For It

alexgeek (author)NachoMahma2009-01-20

I'll plow through the lists at some point but I'm not very compelled to other search engines than trusty google-woogle.