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Old 10-01-2005, 09:45 AM   #1
Mike Davies
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Distribution: Custom Linux 4/Busybox. Fedora 22, Raspberry Pi
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Parallel port/i2c interfacing question

I have an i2c interface built around the old Philips design of a 74LS05 and 10k pull-up resistors on my PCs parallel port. (If you donít know this design see

It works OK(ish) with the standard Linux bit-bashing driver, but every now and again, say once every 100 I/O operations it fails. Until now, Iíve only had one i2c device on the bus and Iíve programmed around the problems by doing a re-read or re-write if my original I/O request failed.

I now want to add another device, and when I do, nothing works at all. The waveforms get very distorted. Either device on itís own is OK, but together, no joy.

I am wondering if there is an inherent fault in this design of interface and if the pull-up values need changing if I add more devices. My i2c bus is less than 30cm long.

Has anyone here experience of using the Linux drivers to interface to external hardware ? If so, do you use the Philips design/driver, and if not, what ?

Is there an i2c guru reading this that can give me some advice about bus loading ?


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