So my new motherboard doesn't have a serial port on the back panel (gasp) but it does have a COM port on the board itself in the form of a 10pin DIN.
So i thought to myself, perfect time to bust out the MAX235
that's been sitting around and build an inline adapter to have serial TTL broken out on the front of my computer (through a firewire port I don't use)
So looking at the diagram on the mobo manual I get this pinout
1 - NDCD-
2 - NSIN
3 - NSOUT
4 - NDTR-
5 - GND
6 - NDSR-
7 - NRTS-
8 - NCTS-
9 - NRI-
I broke out NSIN, NSOUT, and NDTR-
When hooked up to the max235 (and an LEDs on the 12v and 5v sides) I get inverted signals.
NDTR- and NSOUT stay low while on the other side they're high, unless data is transmitted then they flicker. If I want to send data to the COM port, I need to bring RX low so NSIN goes high.
Is this normal TTL logic or inverted?
Basically, If I hook this up to my RBBB will I blow everything up?