I am trying to connect amp with bcd input for auto band select. I installed a parallel port card and Windows installed driver, when I go to device manager I get "device working" or information that all is ok. When I start ddutil and check for signals out of the parallel port I do not see proper signals. I also tested the ddutil manual data set feature (parallel port) and do not get signals from card. Did I miss something to load? Any help would be appreciated. I am using a card from a previous install but with device manager all ok, do not want to order new card unless absolutely sure it's needed.
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I suspect you have a parallel card that "suffers" from this cost reduction.
Are you running Win 10 32bit or 64bit??
The reason I ask is, my SDR1000 works fine on my parallel port adapter with Win 10 32 bit, and has never worked in Win 10 64 bit. On same PC in a 32/64 bit dual boot setup. Microsoft removed the ability to bit bang the pins in the 64 bit versions of Windows when they started releasing 64 bit versions of Windows.
Bit Banging explained at ...
Which does not explain why Microsoft removed it.
They haven't really explained why either.
73, Jay - NO5J
In my case, this has been an issue since Windows 7 64bit was installed. When I upgraded WindowsXP 32 bit. to Windows 7, I started out with a freshly formatted partition and installed Windows 7 64bit. Which is when I discovered the problem with 64bit versions, After a few days I realized it was hopeless, so I reformatted the partition and did a clean install of Windows 7 32bit, which worked fine with the SDR1000 from the start. I then cleared some more hard drive space, added another partition and did a clean install of Windows 7 64bit on that partition, so I could boot either version of Windows.
I did so because Windows 32bit versions can only access a total of 4gb's of RAM. I had 8gb installed in that machine. Why not enable it all? At the time I had both an SDR1000 and a FLEX5000a. To switch radios I do have to reboot, initially I could run both radios with 32bit, but the last two PowerSDR releases made that more difficult.
PowerSDR 2.5.3 was the last version that had support for the SDR1000, and would force the FLEX5000a to revert back to PowerSDR 2.5.3 because when PowerSDR starts it insists on installing the older firmware into the radio. It became a hassle, to keep them both working in the 32bit version so as of today the SDR1000 is run from the 32bit version and the 64bit version does everything else.
When Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 were released I just reused those two partitions and installed both 32 and 64bit versions so I could continue running the SDR1000 from the same PC. When I built the next PC, I used the same setup.
So yeah I had to go back and create the dual boot setup. Once you get it setup it works, getting it setup correctly, may result in a few new gray hairs, but they have plenty of friends.
BTW, Microsoft sometimes insists that installing both versions on the same PC is impossible
... well, unless you have two valid license keys.then it's possible, but it's unsupported. Oh, and please don't tell anyone your doing that. ;). Getting two license keys is just a matter of paying for two license keys, i use the same install media for both. The upgrade to Windows 10, was no more difficult than the upgrade to Windows 8.1 was.
Blame Microsoft, I do so quite regularly, I prefer Linux, But my radio's still prefer Windows.
All my machines are actually multi-boot, 2 copies of Windows, and at least 1 Linux install.
I choose to choose.
73, Jay - NO5J
I would think the PCI card would even be less of an issue.
Generally the drivers for true serial and par port devices are faily generic. It's when you have some level of virualization and special drivers that problems arise (like USB to whatever and some PCIE devices).
On the setup form, Ports Tab, Parallel Port should have Enabled checked, then Other and the port address in the text field to the right (of Other), then the pink box clicked to save the address.
Then, on the LPT tab, Aux BCD Control area, Enable should be checked, Follow Freq should be checked. Maybe Allow Macro, if you will be controlling the amp that way.
The lower 4 bits should now follow freq, based on the Band Data File settings.
If ths is not the case, you might want to power down the PC, remove the card, power on and look at hidden devices in device manager. Remove anything that's gray in the 'Ports' section.
This loc has a qucik-and-dirty way to show these hidden devices:
Power back down, reinstall the card and verify the address it has. I'd go so far as changing it again in DDUTIL even if it's the same as before.
You can also turn the other 4 bits on or off manually if you check BCD in the Aux Display area on the features tab. Might be a way to test if the ports are working at all.
I assume the card is known to be good?
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Make sure youi follow the link to getting your ports address. Setting the I/O address based on the cards setting doesn't always work on systems above Windows XP. Also make sure you have set the compatibility settings as described in the link above for Windows 7. This WILL work, have it running on my system(W10, 64bit)
Humm, never had to set the compat mode on mine. This might be because some PC/card combo's require it and it's simpler just to make it across the board.
The Card setting tho I did, which is basically what I meant in a previous posting about getting the resources in Dev Manager and using the first one.
Hope you get it working!!
Thanks for the help, I did use the procedure mentioned about the port address. I tried different compatibility settings also. I found a driver online listed for windows 10, will try that as well, the driver loaded was one that the operating system loaded. According to the device manager the driver is working but might be false information.
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