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femster87

posted on 6/7/19 at 08:11 PM Reply With Quote
wtd old laptop

I am after an old laptop with windows 7 or 8. It must have a serial connection ( 9 pin)
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r1_pete

posted on 7/7/19 at 09:16 AM Reply With Quote
Guessing its for megasquirt / jolt??

If you get a usb to serial converter which used the FTDI chipset, it will work fine, Iíve been using one for a few years no failures or dropouts.

ETA

Iíve 2 if you want to give one a try...

[Edited on 7/7/19 by r1_pete]

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femster87

posted on 7/7/19 at 11:04 AM Reply With Quote
Pete, its for a old plotter. I bought a converter and it did not work well.
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r1_pete

posted on 7/7/19 at 12:23 PM Reply With Quote
Ahh I see, youíre welcome to try one of these ftdi converters if you have no joy sourcing a lapdog.
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nick205

posted on 8/7/19 at 04:13 PM Reply With Quote
How much is a new plotter or having the stuff plotted for you?
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femster87

posted on 8/7/19 at 06:46 PM Reply With Quote
The convenience of being able to plot anytime is invaluable. I am sure, I can solve the comms issue. Just time and patience
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Irony

posted on 9/7/19 at 09:44 AM Reply With Quote
Get yourself to a car boot. That's what I did. £5 for a old windows notebook with a serial port.

I bought three USB to serial converters before giving up.


Nearly killed myself with it. I was testing the car on my drive with the laptop plugged in and the comms cable snagged the spinning prop shaft. Flung the laptop 20ft across the garden before wrenching the wires from the serial plug. Laptop was still on when I picked it up.

[Edited on 9/7/19 by Irony]

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