Trying to make a cheap CNC machine to work, I have to connect through a parallel port. Unfortunately, I do not manage to make the parallel port to work.
It seem the PCI parallel port card is detected, but I do not achieve to transmit/connect anything to it.
How to make the parallel port working?
How to make the parallel port working with normal user privileges?
EDITED The port seem to works only under root privileges. That is probably the issue. But how to make the parallel port to work for normal users?
Note: My machine is a Debian Linux with RT kernel 4.9.
What I did tried:
The PCI parallel card is plugged into my computer.
lsmod |grep ppdev return what seem a correct result:
ppdev 20480 2 parport 49152 3 lp,parport_pc,ppdev
lspci -v Return information, that I don't fully understand:
03:01.0 Parallel controller: MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd. PCI 9865 Multi-I/O Controller (prog-if 03 [IEEE1284]) Subsystem: Device a000:2000 Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 22 I/O ports at dc00 [size=8] I/O ports at d880 [size=8] Memory at fcfff000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K] Memory at fcffe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K] Capabilities: <access denied> Kernel driver in use: parport_pc
And more data: $
dmesg |grep parport (note: I have on single parallel port) return
[ 11.791907] parport_pc 00:02: reported by Plug and Play ACPI [ 11.791998] parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778), irq 5 [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP] [ 11.888153] lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven). [ 11.888949] parport1: PC-style at 0xdc00, irq 22 [PCSPP,TRISTATE,EPP] [ 11.984195] lp1: using parport1 (interrupt-driven).
I downloaded a test application from here, which I run from the command line WITHOUT root permissions. It shows all the out-pins in red and all the in-pins in green. When pressing on an out-pin, it switch to green, but I suspect it does not mean anything.
Finally, the ultimate test: I connected to the parallel port a LED between
PIN_02 (with 1k ohm resistor). If I connect it to
BUZY (by default on), the led turn on, but while connected to
PIN_01, it never light, even while pressing the button from the test application.
From all those test, I suspect the card is correctly installed, but due to some permission or other misconfiguration, it does not work.
I tried to run the PortTest with root admin, but it seem not happy with it.