I have a Pioneer DVD-V5000 player that I'm trying to control via 9-pin RS-232 port. (As opposed to the 15-pin port that's hard to find cables for.) Trouble is, I can't get the thing to acknowledge any commands. I'm not even getting any error messages back; only silence.
I have the specs for communicating with that port in front of me, and as far as I can tell I'm doing everything right; I'm sending two-character ASCII commands followed by a <CR>. I've gone into the Advanced Setup menu on the player, and have selected the 9-pin port (factory default is the 15-pin). And the spec seems to be indicating the 9-pin port is perfectly standard; I don't see any indication I need some kind of custom cable to be using it.
I'm fairly sure the software handling the COM-port communication isn't the problem. I've used a version of this software to successfully control another device, and I'm getting identical results (no response whatsoever) when I try to manually shove through commands with a serial port terminal.
Is there anybody familiar with Pioneer's serial-controlled electronics who can give me some suggestions about where I'm going wrong, or for other avenues of investigation?