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Old 04-19-2006, 08:57 AM   #1
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Question Odd Side effects of using (from RxTx v2.1.7)

I have a VFD display (Matrix Orbital VK204-24-USB) which uses a USB connector but employs serial communication. I have FTDI USB serial driver working and associated with /dev/ttyUSB0 (came with the distro, v2.6.12-10-386), I checked dmesg all was OK). has the correct line in it.

I downloaded RxTx v2.1.7 (from SourceForge).

I tested the port with kermit & it works fine (both simple strings and control sequnces (ie >= ASCII 128)). I then modified the sample simpleWrite class to send both strings and control sequences to the USB serial port. Former WORKS latter doesn't :-(

I checked the settings with stty & found this:

(after initial sane)
speed 19200 baud; line = 0;

(after running my app.)
speed 19200 baud; line = 0;
min = 0; time = 0;
-brkint -icrnl -imaxbel
-opost -onlcr
-isig -icanon -iexten -echo -echoe -echok -echoctl -echoke

Now, my question (*FINALLY*) is what is setting those values & is that what's stopping the 8bit stuff being passed to the port properly (as kermit does perfectly well)???? How do I send the char 0xFE (+ some other bytes) to control my display properly??

Summary of Libraries/Methods used in my Java code:

import java.util.*;


portList = CommPortIdentifier.getPortIdentifiers();
serialPort = (SerialPort), 2000);
outputStream = serialPort.getOutputStream();
serialPort.setSerialPortParams(19200,SerialPort.DATABITS_8,SerialPort.STOPBITS_1,SerialPort.PARITY_N ONE);
outputStream.write(message.getBytes()); (with 2000ms sleep)

Other details:
O/S: Ubuntu v5.1.0 (Breezy Badger)
Port Setting needed: 8N1 + no flow control

I would *LOVE* to get this great little display working in Linux as I don't want yet another XP box!

Old 04-19-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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I manually set the port to the setting shown using stty with various params cut'n'pasted in. I then tried kermit again & it still works (only thing is it added ignbrk when it started up).

So it appears that although the Java app may be settign some things you could argue it shouldn't, it doesn't seem to be that that's bearking it. Sigh...

So any idea why I can't send 0xFE char to a USB serial port using Java (OutputStream writeCharToUSBSerialPort.outputStream) ????


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