[OZAPRS] Slightly OT: How to get a parallel port these days?

Damien Gardner Jnr rendrag at rendrag.net
Wed Apr 28 18:40:49 EST 2010

Hi Folks,

Slightly OT question, but I figured plenty of folks here will have run  
up against this one..  Finally went and bought myself an Eprom  
programmer so I can fix a few things around the workshop...  Didn't  
read the blurb on it totally correctly, and turns out the USB is only  
for power, not for programming..  So it still requires a parallel port  
for programming..  Which leaves me a bit flummoxed - PC's don't HAVE  
parallel ports these days.. - and especially not the toughbook I use  
in the garage..  a PCMCIA parallel card seems to be around the $250  
mark, so thats out of the question.. So I thought I'd ask - how are  
folks using their eprom programmers these days?? :)  Is there some  
nifty USB->Parallel adapter that actually *works* (there seem to be a  
few around for printers, but I'm not sure that they'd be pin-for-pin  
compatible to the old standard, and would work for an eprom  
programmer?) ?  Or am I going to have to dig out an old PC just for  
programming? :)



Damien Gardner Jnr
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rendrag at rendrag.net -  http://www.rendrag.net/
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