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Old 05-29-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
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Is it possible to control my train set using to serial or parallel port on my computer. I basically want to use my computer as the controller and don't want to have to put those digital chips in all of my trains (it would cost a lot).
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I doubt it. If you wanted to do that it would cost you a load of money. Far to complex. You would have to write a program to control them etc
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i could easily write a program to control the output of serial or parallel, i just thought there would be some way to make the computer take the place of the variable resistor
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Not unless the parts are specifically designed to do the task...
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Old 05-29-2005, 01:22 PM   #5
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http://www.geocities.com/kellertuberg/train/index.html

I hope that helps.
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Here's another one...

http://home.cogeco.ca/~trains/rrsoft.htm

Google pulls a heap of stuff up as well, if you want to have a browse through...

http://www.google.com.au/search?sour...ain+controller
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Old 05-30-2005, 02:28 PM   #7
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Thanks a lot, I was hoping for it to be a little less complicated, but I will read more into some of these sites.
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Old 05-30-2005, 03:05 PM   #8
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Thanks a lot, I was hoping for it to be a little less complicated, but I will read more into some of these sites.
Yes it seems so , but like most things when you get into it you think sh*t that was easy.

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