Brainboxes RS232 User manual

Brainboxes RS232 User manual
Print Date: 12.02.2010
Brainboxes Serial Solutions
Installation Guide
Brainboxes Limited, Unit 3C, Wavertree Boulevard South, Wavertree Technology Park, Liverpool, L7 9PF, UK
Tel: +44 (0)151 220 2500 Fax: +44 (0)151 252 0446 Web: www.brainboxes.com Email: [email protected]
Contents
1. Introduction .................................................................................................................................................... 3
2. Installation Instructions .................................................................................................................................. 4
2.1. Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Installation .................................................................................................. 4
2.2. Windows Vista/Server 2008 32 & 64 bit Installation ............................................................................... 6
2.3. Windows XP/Server 2003 Installation..................................................................................................... 9
2.4. Windows 98 Installation ........................................................................................................................ 13
2.5. NT Installation ....................................................................................................................................... 15
2.6. DOS Installation .................................................................................................................................... 16
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1. Introduction
This Installation Guide contains all the information that you will need to install your Brainboxes card in the
following Operating Systems.
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Windows Server 2008 R2
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Windows 7 32 & 64 bit
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Windows Vista 32 & 64 bit
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Windows Server 2008 32 & 64 bit
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Windows XP 32 & 64 bit
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Windows Server 2003 32 & 64 bit
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Windows 2000
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Window 98
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Windows NT
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MS DOS
For details on configuring, testing, un-installation and Technical Specifications please see the Serial
Solutions product manual available on the Serial Solutions CD or to download from the Brainboxes website.
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2. Installation Instructions
2.1. Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 Installation
1. When you boot into Windows 7, Windows update will automatically search for the latest drivers. If you
have a connection to the internet, the drivers will be installed and the device will be ready to use.
2. If there is no connection to the internet available then a message will appear saying that the drivers were
not installed successfully.
3. To install the drivers Device manager will need to be opened. To open device manager go to the control
panel, system, hardware tab, then click on device manager button.
4. Once this is open you will see the yellow ! icon in the other devices node. Right click on the device and
select Update Driver Software.
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5. If your Brainboxes card came with a CD insert it now and select to search automatically and the driver
software will be found and installed. If not and you have a folder with the drivers, select to browse your
computer for the drivers.
6. Select the folder which contains the driver files and then the folder will be searched and the drivers
found. The drivers will then be installed and then you will get a message saying that the drivers have
been installed successfully.
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2.2. Windows Vista/Server 2008 32 & 64 bit Installation
1. Once you have booted up the computer the Found New Hardware wizard will appear and give you
options to install the driver software for the Serial Solutions card. Click on the Locate and install driver
software option and Windows update will be searched and install the drivers for the card and ports.
2. If the search on Windows update fails, or you are not connected to the internet you will be asked to insert
the CD that came with the Brainboxes card. The CD will then be searched for the drivers and installed
automatically. Please move on to step 6 if the drivers install automatically.
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3. If you don’t have a disc, or have downloaded the latest drivers from our website, click on the option at
the bottom of the page to show other options.
4. You will then be presented with two options. Click on the second one to browse your computer for the
driver software.
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5. You will then be asked to browse your computer for the folders with the drivers in. Select the file that
has the drivers you want to install and click OK. Click next and the drivers will be automatically installed
for the card.
6. The drivers for the card will then have been successfully installed.
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2.3. Windows XP/Server 2003 Installation
1. After your computer has booted up, a New Found Hardware Wizard will appear for the card that you
inserted into the computer.
2. Insert the CD that came with your Brainboxes device and point the New Found Hardware Wizard to the
CD.
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3. The driver files will start to copy across to your computer. This example is for the PM-121 and may differ
slightly for each product.
4. When the files have finished copying across the New Found Hardware Wizard will finish. Press ‘Finish’.
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5. A second New Found Hardware Wizard will appear.
(Advanced)
Choose to Install from a specific location
6. Again select to search from the removable media to search the CD.
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7. When the files have finished copying across the Found New Hardware Wizard will finish. Press ‘Finish’.
8. The New Found Hardware Wizard will appear again for other ports that are on the device. Follow the
above instructions again to install the ports.
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2.4. Windows 98 Installation
During the boot up process, Windows 98 will detect the Brainboxes card and you will briefly see a message
box to this effect.
Insert the Serial Solutions CD ROM into an appropriate drive and click Next.
Select Search for the best driver for your device.
Click Next then Click Specify a location
In the location space type <drive>:\sswin9x where drive is the appropriate letter for your CDROM drive. Or
select the location of the folder which contains the drivers.
Click Next
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Click Next
Click Finish
After copying the file, Windows 98 will then detect each of the serial ports in turn and install them as
communication ports.
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2.5. NT Installation
Insert the PCI Multiport Card into your PC, and restart. Place the supplied CD disc titled “Serial Solutions” in
a suitable drive and from the start menu choose Run and enter a:\SSNT\setup.exe (where a: is the path to
the CD drive).
Install shield will then install the driver software automatically – it will then copy the necessary files and start
itself. This automatically detects your new PCI serial card(s) and does not require any further system
restarting.
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2.6. DOS Installation
The DOS installation procedure consists of 2 steps after the PCI Quad RS232 card is inserted:
1. Determining the resources that the PCI Quad RS232 has claimed.
2. Informing the Serial Solutions DOS device driver of those resources.
Determining PCI Multiport Resources
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Insert card into PC, as described in Chapter 2.
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Run BBCARDS.EXE, from the supplied CD by typing the following:
A:\ >BBCARDS
Where A:\ is the drive containing the supplied file.
BBCARDS will return a string that looks similar to the following (values contained in the string may
differ in individuals PC’s due to resource availability):
PCI Quad Users:
Card 1 is on bus 0, device 16, function 0
Card ID=2, revision 3: Quad RS232
Interrupt line 11 has been assigned
4 sets of 16550-compatible registers are at I/O address 0140
SISR is at I/O address 0104
Baud clock control is at I/O address 02d0
Write 0xf6 for /8 (default), 0xf2 for /4, 0xd6 for /2, 0xd2 for /1.
Note down IRQ, I/O address and SISR (the SISR is the Shared Interrupt Status Register, which is a read
only register which returns an index value that identifies which port on the card has an interrupt awaiting
servicing by the driver software.) In this case:
The IRQ = 11
The I/O address = 0140
The SISR = 0104
NEWCOM.SYS Parameters
The NewCOM.SYS device driver included with the PCI Quad RS232 driver software is used to set up the
card in DOS and has the following syntax:
NEWCOM.SYS /A port address, /L SISR, IRQ, range /B number buffer /S buffer /H Hardware Handshake
Where /A port address specifies COM number followed by a hexadecimal address in the form /Axy where x
is COM port range and y is I/O address.
/L SISR, IRQ, range specifies SISR address, card interrupt and COM port range. The COM port(s).
Range may be a single port OR a range of ports.
/B number buffer is used to set the number of pairs of buffers to be allocated to ports and is a
decimal number in the range 1-maxport.
/S buffer Set size of all buffers in bytes, buffer is rounded to the nearest power of 2 and must be a
decimal number in the range 32 to 32768. For any serial port opened two buffers of size buffer are
allocated, one for input and the other for output.
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/H hardware handshake selects which hardware handshake type to use on the specified ports. This
is used in the following manner: /H range, hs where range specifies the COM port or ports and hs
selects handshake type.
Handshake types available are:
Type 0 RS232 DTR/CTS – The PC only transmits when CTS is input true. When the PC is able to
receive its sets DTR output true. The DSR and DCD inputs are ignored. The RTS output
line is set true in case the external serial device needs a true signal.
Type 4 3 Wire Handshake – Really no handshake at all since the PC transmits irrespective of the
handshake lines. The 3 wires are TxD, RxD and Ground, no other lines are required. Thus
the CTS, DSR and DCD inputs are ignored. The RTS and DTR output line is set true just in
case the external serial device needs a true signal.
Configuring and Installing NEWCOM.SYS
To load the Serial Solutions for DOS device driver an entry needs to be added to the CONFIG.SYS file. Any
simple test editor, EDIT for example, can edit the CONFIG.SYS file. The installation procedure given below
is for a PCI Lynx 8 port RS232 as COM5-COM12
The parameter required by the NEWCOM.SYS follows:
Port Address
/A5-8, 0140
COM ports 5, 6, 7 and 8 are defined with an I/O address range that begins at 0140h and all subsequent
ports have an I/O address that is 8 higher than the previous i.e. if COM5 has an address of 0140h, then
COM6 will have an address of 0148h, COM7 an address of 0150h etc.
PCI Lynx 8 port RS232 Users: /A5-12,0140
SISR, IRC, Range.
/L 0104,11,5-8
0104h is the i/o address SISR, 11 is the IRQ and since the COM port range is COM5 – COM 8 range is
entered as 5-8
PCI Lynx 8 port RS232 Users: /L 0104,11,5-12
Number Buffer.
/B8
8 buffers are defined, though only four ports are in use – this is because buffers in DOS are
assigned in a sequential order from COM1. Since the PCI Quad RS232 has been assigned COM port
values of 5 to 8, all preceding COM ports, must have buffers assigned to them also.
PCI Lynx 8 port RS232 Users: /B12
Buffer Size
/S512
Buffer size set to 512 bytes.
Hardware Handshaking
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/H,4
Type 4,3 Wire Handshake selected for all ports.
Modifying Command Line Parameters.
When “assembled” the NEWCOM.SYS command line looks like…
DEVICE=NEWCON.SYS /A5-8,0140 /L 0140,11,5-8 /B8 /S 512 /H,4 …and should be entered into the
CONFIG.SYS file. Once you are sure that these parameters have been entered correctly, restart your PC
and your PCI Quad RS232 should be ready to use immediately.
Sample terminal applications are provided on “Serial Solutions Disk 1 & 2” enabling communications to be
established to your peripherals quickly and easily.
PCI Lynx 8 Port RS232 Users: When “assembled” the NEWCOM>SYS command line looks like:
DEVICE=NEWCOM.SYS /A5-12, 0140 /L0104,11,5-12 /B12 /S512 /H,4
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