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Gameboy to Parallel producing vertical lines

Postby Melonking » 2017-1-11 @ 17:59

I got my hands on a Mad Catz gameboy link cable like the one here https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

In theory it simulates the gameboy printer allowing you to print to the pc via parallel. The connection appears to be successful, the pc receives a print connection in the mad catz software.

But the image arriving always consists of vertical lines like so.
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Iv attempted contact cleaning the parallel port, but it seems to have no effect.

I have tested the gameboy with a real gb printer and its fine, so that end is not the issue.
My next step is to get my hands on a parallel printer so I can test if the pc port is the issue.

In the mean time if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, they would be very welcome, im a bit at a loss as to how to fix this one.
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Re: Gameboy to Parallel producing vertical lines

Postby luckybob » 2017-1-11 @ 18:11

WHAT THE SHIT! THIS EXISTS?

But seriously, your issue is likely: (in order)
1. software
2. hardware incompatibility
3. hardware malfunction

This looks like a windows 98 kind of device. Also, does the manual state what KIND of parallel port you should use? There are different modes and they are usually selectable in your bios.
It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.
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Re: Gameboy to Parallel producing vertical lines

Postby firage » 2017-1-11 @ 18:12

Make sure you have EPP or ECP+EPP enabled for the parallel port.
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Re: Gameboy to Parallel producing vertical lines

Postby Melonking » 2017-1-11 @ 18:34

The manual calls for the printer port to be set to Auto or Bidirectional, my bios does not seem to have an option like this.

I have run the parallel port in 3BC/IRQ7 and 278/IRQ5, both have the same effect.
Iv run it in SPP mode, EPP/SPP mode, ECP/EPP mode (That one would not even talk with the gameboy so I didn't try ECP only)

My systems running windows 95, I don't have the chipset patch installed, im not sure if that would effect it. Having a bit of trouble finding the drivers.

EDIT, testing again with ECP/EPP, The port address thing got changed and I didn't notice!
EDIT 2: No effect :(
EDIT 3: Tested again on windows 98, no effect :(
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Re: Gameboy to Parallel producing vertical lines

Postby Jo22 » 2017-1-14 @ 02:18

It's been a while, but I once had a Gameboy module reader for parallel port.
I remember that I had to connect the reader to the port after the PC had booted.
Normally, this shouldn't be done with a LPT port (no hot-plugging). But this was a special case, I believe.
It had to do with certain LPT pins beeing in the wrong state during booting..
Please check your manual if it contains similar instructions.

Also make sure you disabled Plug 'n' Play or legacy printer detection for parallel port.
This could also interfere with your device.
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