[Athen] Refreshable Braille Display - Old tech with new PC

Schwarte, David M. schwarte at purdue.edu
Thu Aug 21 08:05:00 PDT 2014

We ran into this with our PowerBraille a couple of years ago. The research I did at the time suggested that the USB/Parallel converters would only work with printers. I did purchase a few different brands of converters and confirmed than none of them worked. In some instances you may be able to purchase a parallel card for the computer. This would probably add an actual parallel port that the PowerBraille driver can find. I considered doing this, but I had done something similar in the past. At that time I was always battling with the support folks to keep the drivers installed for the hardware. I still have our PowerBraille on a test computer that still has a parallel port.

David Schwarte

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Hunziker, Dawn A - (hunziker)
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:34 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network (athen-list at u.washington.edu)
Subject: [Athen] Refreshable Braille Display - Old tech with new PC

Hi all,

We are upgrading our computers and have older PowerBraille displays which are using parallel and serial ports for communicating with the PC. Has anyone successfully used a USB adapter and have the communication stay reliable? Or, is it time to invest in newer technologies?

Thanks for the suggestions!


Dawn Hunziker
IT Accessibility Consultant

Disability Resource Center
University of Arizona
1224 E. Lowell St.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: 520-626-9409
Fax: 520-626-5500
hunziker at email.arizona.edu<mailto:hunziker at email.arizona.edu>

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