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ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-02-01, 10:06 AM
Dear anyone, remeber we had that as and option for the T60/ 61 ( REf part Number:40y8121)? http://www5.pc.ibm.com/europe/products.nsf/$wwwpartnumlookup/_40Y8121 its not compatible with the T400. any idea what would be the part number for the equiavalent option for the T400? anxiously waiting for a reply
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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-03-31, 19:51 PM

I am looking for the same thing, bought two new ones so we can have a hard serial port and now it appears IBM has once again changed the Ultrabay. I have been unable to find one that works.

 

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-23, 20:40 PM

bump

 

Is there a product for this?

 

And if not, what's a recommended cardbus or expresscard version that will work with windows 7 x64 and Fedora 11 or 12?

 

Thanks,

 

Doug

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-24, 3:26 AM

I think you either need to go with a docking station (I use the Advanced mini-dock) or one of the USB serial/parallel port adapters.

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-24, 3:48 AM


jeevanchandran wrote:

any idea what would be the part number for the equiavalent option for the T400? anxiously waiting for a reply


 

There is no equivalent product for the T400 (and similiar generation ThinkPads) as the Ultrabay bay doesn't have the system bus connections for that function exposed on a connector.

 

You might want to look at something like this.....

 

http://www.expresscard.org/files/VX-012.pdf

 

... if you have an Express card slot in your particular T400 configuration

 

Cheers,


Bill

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-24, 3:53 AM

dougsk,

 

TheDude has a reasonable approach, or you could investigate this widely-distributed ExpressCard/PC Card product line. We use its eSATA ExpressCard products with good results on a number of TPs:

 

http://www.startech.com/category/parts/io-cards-adapters/notebook-io-cards/list.aspx

 

--BAM 

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-25, 0:14 AM

Hi all,

 

Thanks all for the responses.

 

TheDude:  The Advanced Docking station is a bit much to carry around in a backpack, but I'm curious.  Is there an onbard UART on the T400 or the docking station that ties the mechanicals of the DB9 port to the uart, or is it only active on machines with an actual serial port, eg a T61?

 

I was trying to avoid a USB solution because it's my understanding there are a number of timing related issues that can crop up as well as failings on the chip vendor to implement some of the more corner case uses of RS-232. However with that said, I'll be using these mostly as emulators for cisco, procurve and similar devices.  So as long as I don't attempt to flash firmware over X-modem, I have read that I should be okay.

 

I did some reading, and the two most common usb-serial chip vendors with in tree kernel drivers are Prolific and FTDI.  The FTDI chips appear to be the gold standard and work well with various micro controllers [1].  I did find a vendor[2] that makes more traditional interface and some google shopping indicates there are a few more that aren't quite as expensive.

 

Startech and a number of other vendors use the Prolific chip in their USB based serial devices.  I found some ultra cheap Prolific based convertors [3] and bought a few of them.

 

I found a number of cardbus adapters that will work for sure, but they start at $80 and seem to hover between $100-150 at most retailers.  Although I have a cardbus adapter on my T400, many of us will have opted for the card reader instead, and express card is a bit more future proof.

 

I found some express card solutions, but oddly enough, many of these express card solutions use USB internally to present the serial port to the OS, often times using the very same Prolific chip.  The brainbox unit linked above definitely does that.  I'll need to do some more reading to figure out which units don't do that and have in tree kernel drivers.

 

Once my prolific based cheapies show up from dealextreme, I'll report back on how well they work.

 

Thanks again,

 

Doug

 

 

 

[1]  http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=70

[2]  http://www.dontronics-shop.com/easysync-premium-gold-usb-rs232-adapter-cable-10cm-cable.html

[3]  http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.24512

 

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2009-10-26, 6:17 AM

To tell the truth, I have only used the serial port on my Advance dock with My T61p and not my T400. T61 is at work, but I do not think that machne has an on-board port. I have never used parallel (as I no longer have any parallel devices). I understand that it should work for any supported laptop. I agree you don't want to have to carry it with you.

 

I used a USB serial port (iodata I think) when I had an X23 and an X40. It worked fine with no problems, but I only used it to connect to legacy hardware 9800 baud or so.

 

All cheap expresscards appear to use USB connections (such as my CF reader) it looks like you usually need to spend $50 or more for the PCIe connection (I'm looking for an eSATA).

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2010-01-07, 6:29 AM

I bought three of those prolific jobbies, and although they do work in XP 32 bit,  the prolific units failed in 64 bit on both windows 7 x64 and Fedora 12 x64.

 

I do have good news to report.  I managed to get an FTDI based unit to test with, and it works great in Windows 7 x64 and Fedora 12 x64.

 

[doug@localhost ~]$ lsusb | grep Fu
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0403:6001 Future Technology Devices International, Ltd FT232 USB-Serial (UART) IC

 

Vendor ID is 0403 and Device ID is 6001.  These don't show up in the pcidatabase, but drivers are provided in kernel for Fedora, and via WindowsUpdate for Windows 7 x64.

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Re: ultrabay serial port/ parallel port adapter

2010-01-09, 7:31 AM

I have the same problem

How to sent our needing to related department of Lenovo ?

I want to tell them to this device is good and reproduce a new P/S adapter to suit T400.

thank you

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