Python USB control on Windows 7?

inq1ltd inq1ltd at inqvista.com
Sun Dec 23 16:33:32 CET 2012


On Sunday, December 23, 2012 06:34:41 PM Chris Angelico wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM, Tim Roberts <timr at probo.com> wrote:
> > Duncan Booth <duncan.booth at invalid.invalid> wrote:
> >>In this year's Christmas Raffle at work I won a 'party-in-a-box'
> >>including USB fairy lights.
> >>
> >>They sit boringly on all the time, so does anyone know if I can toggle
> >>the power easily from a script? My work PC is running Win7.
> >>
> > Not easily, no.  It's not really a USB device -- I'm betting it doesn't
> > even enumerate.  It's just sucking power from the USB wires.  There's
> > nothing to control.
> 
> Hmm. Can you control whether a particular port is on or off? (I have
> no idea what's possible with the underlying API, much less whether
> it's exposed.) It should in theory be possible - disable the
> appropriate USB port and the device loses power.
> 
> ChrisA

If you have the time;

Using communication software, you can control a modem to call, hang up, and 
call again every few seconds. Since you can make a phone do the same thing, 
there is most likely a way to get those lights to respond the same way, at 
least by next Christmas.  

jd






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