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Thread: Control neon lighting, lights, amps, etc from pc?

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    Originally posted by cproaudio
    I notice the controls are on off type switches. can it be configured to momentary switches for horns, locks or windows?
    my stuff has an option to have the switches on for a certain period of time, like .1sec for momentary, or 7 seconds to roll down a window completely, etc.
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    hehe.....i could just see opening this up and then getting a bsod in windows. All your lights would go nuts flashing while your windows go up and down. the doors keep locking and unlocking and your amps turn on and off over and over
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    skip it shall really be nice if wizrad could add this to the ME..

    Shall solve my major problem..

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    hmm.........that would be good
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    I am not familiar with the project at all. If you follow the link to to post i mentioned earlier, you can download the VB source from there. Somebody can integrate it, but like I said I am not familiar with the project--I have no problem with you guys using my code (as long as you arent like charles and decide to go commercial with it )
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    Dang, I was hoping to con you into writting it for me! I can't program in VB!

    Also, if I do hook up this controller unit to my amps, I'll have to wire a relay in. Otherwise when the computers turned off the amps will be off. That might not be a good thing.
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    Wizard PC:

    I noticed your program doesn't work on Win XP. I took a look at the source code. I'm still sort of a beginning coder and I'm not familiar with your library file or the relay board. A while back a slapped together a little program to test a circuit I found in a robotics book (I've attached the exe and source code in a zip file). It's basically just an IC connected to the parallel port pins and your output device (I was testing with LEDs, but it would actually be relays in the real setup). Basically you can picture an 8-digit binary number as 8 switches on a wall (1=On, 0=Off). I used an 8 element array (1 element per switch). When a button is clicked on or off the corresponding array element is set to 1 or 0. Then the whole 8-bit array is converted to decimal and sent to the parallel port. The port then turns on the proper pins and voila! The proper LEDs light (relays activate). Is your program doing something like this (sending a decimal to the parallel port to activate certain pins)?

    The point I'm trying to make (with this rather long post) is that my program works fine with XP (which is what I have). I am also planning on getting the relay board you are using and would like to know if my program (or a slightly modified version) would work with it.
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    Stupid question time. If I turn the computer off will the controller keep it's current state, or switch everything off?
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    I think it switches everything off. Thats why I'm using my relay board to control the windows, locks and door poppers. Everything is momentary.
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