I believe Dave was complaining about the serial port, not the parallel
A friend of mine was having problems with initialization of the
parallel port (using a different program that asserted PTT on
initialization). I wrote a trivial C program to initialize the parallel
port under DOS/W95/W98, called lpt1init. I think the SCK-II
folks have a link to it...I used the free OpenWatcom compiler.
I can provide the executable or source code. It would be easy
to write a com1init... :-) Heck, I could let you provide an argument
and initialize any com port and solve this one. I wonder if writing to
a COM port is harder than writing to a parallel port? :-)
Judging from your comments about TR IOPORT, I'd guess not...
> > >You mean something like (in dave.bat):
> > >
> > >echo *****TURN OFF RADIOS*****
> > >pause
> > >tr
> > Perfect!
> There might be a more fun way to do this.
> You need to output a value to the parallel port that puts things in
> the off state.
> You can actually use TR to do this (I think). First, you need to
> figure out which port and value to output. Use the TR PORTS command
> to find out what your base address is for your parallel port.
> The port number to send data to the parallel port is 2 more than the
> base address.
> Then, manually change the port value using the TR IOPORT command.
> You will want to send a $08 to the port I believe.
> Now that you have got all of that working, you are wondering how to
> automate it.
> There is a little known way to send keystrokes to a DOS program using
> this context:
> TR IOPORT << keys
> Where keys is a file that has the EXACT KEYSTROKES you want to execute.
> You can not have extra CR LFs in this file - so it takes a little bit
> of work to do it right. I use debug to create it but there are other
> You can then put that in your autoexec file and fix it that way.
> You can do a similar thing with the debug program itself and probably
> many others.
> This is a good exercise for someone wanting to spend a few hours learning
> some new tricks.
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