ADRE DAIU and New Laptop

Greetings fellows!


I'm planning to purchase a new laptop to use with ADRE but I'm afraid of hardware compatibility problems with the 208P DAIU. I'd prefer to use XP now but would like to make sure things will perfectly work with Vista. I remember facing problems with the BIOS and the communication ports in some laptops. As you know current laptops depend mainly on USB connections rather than the old serials and come with Vista. Bently provide the tech requirements but no brands or models.


Any recent experience? Advice? Recommendations? Warnings?
Regards- Ali M. Al-Shurafa
Original Post
Shurafa, most computers that lack an EPP compatible parallel port can use a Quatech SP-100 card in the PCMCIA slot to yield an EPP connection. This card is about US$150 and a description is available at http://www.quatech.com/catalog/parallel_pcmcia.php

On a few computers the PCMCIA slot has also disappeared. If that is what you are buying then post the PC model here and I might be able to be of further help.

John from PA
I purchased a PCMCIA EPP card from Startech (CB1PECP) but I'm having some trouble getting it to function. I know the ADRE communication settings allows four types of communications and the LPT1 & LPT2 ports. I tried various combinations of type and port settings via the ADRE.INI file but still no luck. No LPT ports show up in the DAIU Communication Utility. Startech says their card automatically detects the connected hardware & switches to EPP so I cannot manually change it to EPP. Any suggestions before I buy the Quatech SPP-100 card which I know is officially supported by ADRE? Laptop is Dell Latitude D620 running XP. Contemplating downgrading to Windows 2000 and giving that a try.
I'm an ex-BN/GE Tech Leader so I'll try to help you working from memory and using some old documents that I still have.

First of all do not downgrade to Windows 2000 as the communication protocol with the 208P in Win2K or WinXP is virtually identical.

The first thing I would attempt to do as a debug step is test or work toward a situation where you can print reliably to some printer using the Startech card. Once you can establish you can print then you can be certain you have comminication, although it might not be EPP.

I have attached the instructions for configuring the Quatech SPP-100 card for use with a Dell D630 running WinXP. The instructions don't vary much from the D620 to the D630.

I realize you are using a different brand card but there are some requirements that must be met regardless of the card. The key points to make note of in the attached are as follows:

The Quatec card installs by default on LPT3. That must be changed to either LPT1 or LPT2. Personally I prefer LPT2 as there won't be any conflicts if you also use the card for printing to LPT1.

The INI file must be set up to reflect the port (LPT1 or LPT2) and Type 1 for the Dell. Then you must check the "resource" assigned by the computer. You can try the settings as shown (automatic) but some people with the Quatech found it easier to assign the resource manually. I think (working from memory) that if you use LPT2 then the assigned resource must be 0378. I don't remember what it is for LPT1 but you can find this info in the help file.

Finally, most important. After you make these changesyou must shut the computer and the 208 down. If you do a hot reboot the communications may still not work.

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Thanks John. I was actually just about to try Windows 2000. I tried windows 7 and was able to set the card to EPP in the device manager. But ADRE keeps saying a driver is missing when I attempt to enter DAIU Communication Utility for every combination of TYPE & PORT that I try. It seems as though ADRE isn't compatible with Windows 7 despite me installing it in Windows 2000 compatibility mode.
Check with people who made the card and see if there is some way to change the resource assignment. The 208P only works with two resources. I think one is 0278 or something similar. I don't recognize what you given for any of the settings. I think they are called out in the help file.

As you said esrlier, you may have to get the Quatech SPP-100 card.
I downloaded the applicable Startech manual and have to say it is very lacking in information relative to changing the configuration.

In the Quatech SPP-100 installation there are some choices on the resource page titled "Basic Configuration". These are pre-defined for the Quatech card but you might look for something similar on the Startech resource page within Device Manager. FYI, the Quatec uses "Basic Configuration 0" for 378H which I believe is for LPT1 and "Basic Configuration 1" as 278H which I believe is LPT2.

I mentioned this before but if you have a parallel printer you might test the Startech to see if it fundamentally works. This tests that at least the PC is communicating with the card and that the cable is OK. That was one of the first steps we (BN/GE) followed in debugging Quatech card installations.
Bummer, especially with the hastle of Trinidad being the destination.

As I recall the serial card is called a SSP-100 while the parallel is definitely SPP-100. Note the difference in the 2nd letter in the model designation. If the seller doesn't have the proper card, then try to seek out a Rev H.
John from PA posted:
Shurafa, most computers that lack an EPP compatible parallel port can use a Quatech SP-100 card in the PCMCIA slot to yield an EPP connection. This card is about US$150 and a description is available at http://www.quatech.com/catalog/parallel_pcmcia.php

On a few computers the PCMCIA slot has also disappeared. If that is what you are buying then post the PC model here and I might be able to be of further help.

John from PA

John,

Me too trying to find laptop that could connect with ADRE 208P. My laptop only has USB. Both parallel and PCMCIA are not available. Any suggestion for that ? my laptop is X1 Carbon from Lenovo.

May be too late to post but could be a reference for someone to address 208-P communication problem. The computer that offers built in EPP is IBM T43 and older. The T43 computer with XP Service Pak 3 is still many of them around and quite cheap.

 

 

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