Thread: Using the parallel port in C

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    Using the parallel port in C


    I haven't connected much hardware to my PC before, so I thought it would be interesting to do so. I want to use my parallel port to input and output data, possibly doing something like this:

    I'm using plain C, and not C++ or anything.


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    It is possible, but if you have a modern OS (such as Windows NT onwards or any version of Linux), you can't write directly to the parallel port - you will need a driver to access the port itself. The linked page shows how this works.

    Compilers can produce warnings - make the compiler programmers happy: Use them!
    Please don't PM me for help - and no, I don't do help over instant messengers.

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