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Carol Hazlett
03-30-2010, 09:09 PM
I have some older Stamp boards that use the 3 pin to parallel cable for
programming.· One of these is the old Milford Instruments Stamp Bug.
I have been unable to get any parallel to USB cable to work with it as
my Vista computer has nothing but USB ports.· I have tried several
cables and lots of drivers, but don't know if the problem is cable
incompatibilty or that wonderful (grrrrr) Vista OS.· Does anybody
have another way (besides buying an old computer that has real live
ports on it, I have thought about it)?

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Desslok
03-30-2010, 09:19 PM
Have you tried a serial card? Something like the following. You could buy one that will allow you to return if it doesn't work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815166006

erco
03-30-2010, 10:40 PM
Parallax makes the serial adapter which makes a 3-pin connector from a serial cable: http://www.parallax.com/StoreSearchResults/tabid/768/List/0/SortField/4/ProductID/44/Default.aspx?txtSearch=serial+adapter

http://www.parallax.com/Portals/0/Images/Prod/2/271/27111-M.jpg


and the copy says it works with their USB-serial adapter. So you'll need·both adapters if you only have USB ports.

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Carol Hazlett
03-30-2010, 11:08 PM
Thank you so much.· I cruised over to the Parallax site and ordered one.
It is in the mail.· I also found some info on how to roll your own in my Stamp manual

but the cost of the adapter is only $4.99, can't beat that!· I do have the USB to

9-pin which I use for BoeBot and SumoBots.

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Post Edited (Carol Hazlett) : 3/30/2010 4:15:54 PM GMT