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Re: [vox-tech] computer pretending to be a printer



On Tuesday 30 November 2004 10:02 am, you wrote:
> Just connect the analytical machine to a Linux box using an ethernet cable
> and have Linux box create a Windows share using Samba.  So you don't have
> to fiddle with the parallel port.  But you can do that with a Windows box,
> too.
>
> Or just get a printer that doesn't jam. =)
>
> -Mark
>
> PS: Don't connect the two computers using the parallel port... Serial port
> is okay but not the parallel port (unless you wanna make a custom cable
> and write some custom real-time drivers!)

Thanks for the sanity check Mark!

now that you mention it, the ethernet cable to a machine in the room would be 
the easiest!

Dylan



>
> On Tue, 30 Nov 2004, Dylan Beaudette wrote:
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > We have a rather expensive analytical machine in our department that
> > provides few options for saving its output to file. The manual suggests
> > that it can be used via windows networking to save its data to a remove
> > windows share over ethernet. There is currently no way to get an ethernet
> > cable into this room, so that is out of the question for now.... In place
> > of saving an electronic copy of the output, the machine sends data to
> > printer. This is most annoying as it can use lots of ink, and the printer
> > has a tendancy to jam - and if it doesn't get printed, then the results
> > are lost!
> >
> > So here is the idea... Would it be possible to setup a simple linux box
> > connected to the printer port (i think that it is a standard parallel
> > port) of the machine, and have the linux box filter the information and
> > save it to a file? being a PPC person I have no idea if this is even
> > possible with the protocol used for parallel printers... but i thought
> > that it would be interesting to try.
> >
> > any thoughts?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
> > --
> > Dylan Beaudette
> > Soil Science Graduate Group
> > University of California at Davis
> > _______________________________________________
> > vox-tech mailing list
> > vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> > http://lists.lugod.org/mailman/listinfo/vox-tech

-- 
Dylan Beaudette
Soil Science Graduate Group
University of California at Davis
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