On Tue, 2004-11-30 at 17:33, mikezcnc wrote:
> I got several hints to SHima Seki machine and here is software for
> that machine. Interesting read.
Interesting for Shima Seki km's it seems. This cable doesn't look like
the Brother km cable to me.
> I am tempted to buy the cable for DAK and do the surgery on it. John,
> didn't you mention that they (possinbly) use an IC in the connector?
> I rememeber mention about a dongle - would that be an IC in the
> connector or could ther be somee level shifting? Mike
I don't know about a dongle. I know the Radio Shack cable for the TPDD-1
has some electronics in it, apparently SMT transistors, diodes. They are
not for rights management as far as I know... I think they are to help
with TTL<->RS232 level conversion. I uploaded the only spec around to
the file section, but my information is that in this design the diodes
are not connected properly.
I am talking to a guy that was selling a TPDD replacement cable for $16,
and I'm going to find out if he can make more. Don't spend the $78 just
yet, I may be able to get you one for a fraction of that (that is unless
you're buying DAK... if so, you may just want to use a "supported"
Also, he believes that the cable for TPDD-2 has no electronics in it. So
it's possible some drives will work with some computers with no special
electronics in the cable. As you can see from the DAK sites, they have
different cables that should work with different conditions. Probably
these add power to compensate for problem serial ports that can't deal
with TTL levels from the KM.