Here is what I did to get the Galep IV flash burner working in Linux. Questions and comments to Stefan Reinauer.
What is it?
My laptop has no more parallel port, so I got myself an ExSys EX-1365 1P Parallel PCMCIA 32bit card for 69€. Conitec suggests buying a twice as expensive card, but the ExSys does SPP/EPP/ECP and it works fine.
Since the ExSys card comes with a short cable already, I used a gender changer instead of the cable that came with the Galep IV. This makes up for a nice free table.
The parport and parport module got loaded automatically, but I had to load the ppdev module manually after inserting the card.
There USB to Parallel converters based on the USS720 chips have a linux driver that implements a parport0 device as well. Maybe such a converter can be used as a cheaper alternative. But if you ever happen to try using the GalepIV in Windows, too, you better get a PCMCIA card, as the Galep32 software does not exactly have smart device handling.
I have been using an OpenSUSE 10.2 distribution, fairly default installation. Since it did not work in the first place, I got an update RPM for wine 0.9.32, but I think that is not required.
Ok, obviously you need to run this as root, or be able to write to /dev/parport0
- get the latest software from http://www.conitec.com/english/software.htm. At the time of this writing, the latest version is 1.17.50.
- Now start the installation program:
$ wine G32setup_11750.exe
- This should work without further trouble.
- Now start winecfg, go to the Applications tab and choose "Add application..."
- Choose "Program Files", then "GALEP32", then "Galep32.exe"
- Select "Windows 98" in the "Windows Version" selector below.
- Change to the "Libraries" tab.
- In the "New override for library:" field, select "msvcrt", then click "Add"
- Press Ok
- Open ~/.wine/user.reg in your favourite editor and add the following lines to the end of the file:
$ rm -f .wine/dosdevices/lpt1 $ ln -s /dev/parport0 .wine/dosdevices/lpt1
That's it, when you start the application now, it should work fine and detect the GalepIV.
$ wine .wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/GALEP32/Galep32.exe
I am using KDE, so I wanted to add an icon to my Desktop. The same is for sure possible with Gnome.
- right click on the desktop, choose "Create New", choose "Link to Application"
- choose a name (ie. GalepIV) and an icon.
- Go to the "Application" tab
- Add "Galep IV software" as Description
- Add the following line as Command
kdesu wine "/root/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/GALEP32/Galep32.exe"
- Add your homedirectory (or whatever) as working path
- Press Ok