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MSG_ commands and parallel ports
« on: May 02, 2007, 10:38:29 am »
i was reading through some old posts and came across this one
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=55069.msg540049#msg540049
which got me wondering about turning on lights etc using MSG_ commands in wincab

so, um, is there a way to tap into these MSG_ commands at all?
for example, if i am using the MSG_SKIPLASTOK set to 10secs (or however long), and wanted to light up the corresponding button on the CP for the same amount of time.

obviously, to do what i want this to do, i will need some custom software and circuitry to access the parallel port (i think i might call in a favour from my boss for this).
but, is this possible at all?
if not, no worries, i will just get my skin to pop up a JPG in an obvious part of the skin with the same info
but if it is possible, this would make for one awesome Wincab CP   ;D

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Re: MSG_ commands and parallel ports
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2007, 11:40:17 am »
i was reading through some old posts and came across this one
http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=55069.msg540049#msg540049
which got me wondering about turning on lights etc using MSG_ commands in wincab

so, um, is there a way to tap into these MSG_ commands at all?
for example, if i am using the MSG_SKIPLASTOK set to 10secs (or however long), and wanted to light up the corresponding button on the CP for the same amount of time.

obviously, to do what i want this to do, i will need some custom software and circuitry to access the parallel port (i think i might call in a favour from my boss for this).
but, is this possible at all?
if not, no worries, i will just get my skin to pop up a JPG in an obvious part of the skin with the same info
but if it is possible, this would make for one awesome Wincab CP   ;D

Right now, no.  The MSG_ messages are internal to WinCab and are not passed to Windows.  However, I do have plans to support external devices; I have purchased an LED-Wiz and a couple of LCD 4x20 displays to experiment with.  I could theoretically at least add control for the keyboard LED's easily, so if you were using an I-Pac you could have at least those three.
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Re: MSG_ commands and parallel ports
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007, 05:43:35 am »
I could theoretically at least add control for the keyboard LED's easily, so if you were using an I-Pac you could have at least those three.

That would be pretty cool

i'm actually using a keyboard hack, so I could rig up something with the LEDs that are already on the circuit board