How to detect binary signal from serial port using VB 6???

I’m doing a project to convert morse code (binary signal) to character using Visual Basic 6 in window XP. How can I input the binary signal to the computer using serial port? The program only needs to detect signal condition (1 or 0) on one pin of the serial port. Can anyone help me please?
ngwenpinAsked:
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Mike TomlinsonConnect With a Mentor Middle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
I don't think the serial port would be the best choice.  It is designed to send signals as pulses and so you can't really hold a particular pin high or low.  It may pulse fast enough to be seen as a high however.

The parallel port can be used to hold a pin high or low.

There is another open thread dealing with the same thing here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20816365.html

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crazymanCommented:
Use the Microsoft COMM Control.
The event you want is MSComm1_OnComm
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awabidCommented:
Well pal,
there is ofcourse a way out to detect this on the serial port, and MS COMM CONTROL is used to access the COM port. All you have to do is to open the port on 9600 baud with 8,N,1,No parity. But you have to design a hardware as well for this. This hardware will be consisting on a chip which is used to interface the input in RS232 format. This is pretty cheap chip. It is of MAXIM company and the number of the chip is MAX232. You can download its datasheet from    . Now all you have to do is to design a circuit, which can hold the input for a baud of 9600. Then put an OR/AND gate. Design a logic which can change the state of 1111 1111 to some other state, and using MS COMM CONTROL keep detecting the signal. Then compare with a known pattern. If the pattern changes (remember that the input will be some ascii value, which u will get) then you can use some switching statement to see what was the input.
Happy programming and development :)
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