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Gray.Hodge

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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 1:53 pm

Moving to XP

I'm purchasing a new 'puter and it comes with XP.

Did anyone have any hassles with running hardware? printers, scanners, plotters etc?

I have an HP printer and Kodak camera, drivers are available for both, not sure about my Summa D620, I assume it will work.

Hope I'm not in for any rude surprises, I just don't trust MS too much.
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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:08 pm

When I moved over I gathered all my driver discs together beforehand. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I didn't need them - XP found all the hardware and installed the drivers automatically, printers, webcam, scanner, everything.

Not totally sure about your Summa but I wouldn't think it was a problem.

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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:38 pm

that's encouraging, thanks Phil
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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 6:53 pm

XP

I moved from 95 to XP home about a year aga & likewise, it found everything & runs well. Now run 3 PC's on XP home & no complaints

Linda
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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:05 pm

I've found XP does not run some older software. I use casmate and discovered XP does not recognise the dongle! Whereas with signlab 5, XP does recognise the dongle. It depends on your software.
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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 7:21 pm

Some software problems can be overcome by using the ‘Compatibility mode’ in XP.
By using this feature you can run older software as if it were running under 95, 98, NT4 or 2k.


Alan
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Post Fri Oct 03, 2003 11:40 pm

Hi Graham,
I also have been running XP without any major problems. I did however need to download XP drivers from Roland site for the PNC5000 and just recently for the PC600.
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Post Sat Oct 04, 2003 12:04 am

Xp will not run toolpath (for win 95-98) for my AXYZ router. I thought all I would have to do was install Toolpath on XP using win98 settings, but not so simple as AXYZ have told me the router control box needs to be modified by their engineers to run from XP, apart from that all other programs seem to run fine in XP
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Post Sat Oct 04, 2003 12:30 pm

Thanks lads (and Lass), it's very encouraging to hear all that.
I suspect that I may have to replace my scanner, it's pretty old, but I wouldn't mind a nice new scanner anyway.

Sounds like I may not have too much of a problem. I'm always wary, very wary of MS operating systems and usually the last one out the door whn it comes to upgrading. I only moved from Win95 to 98 about 2 years ago!

I'll be running XP on a new notebook first, which is not the primary computer I run Signlab and the plotter from.

I've contacted Summa to see if my D620 will be a problem, no reply yet.

Thanks for all the advice.
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 11:52 am

Gray, my D500 works fine on XP usinf flexi sign.

I think the D500 is a lot older than yours, i run it off the serial port
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 12:45 pm

Thanks Lorraine, you wouldn't believe how few notebooks are being shipped with serial ports now, they are becoming a thing of the past (like floppy drives).

While the notebook is secondary for signmaking purposes, I want to have the option of being able to run it one the notebook.

Does anyone know if any plotters are able to run from a USB port?
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 1:01 pm

I believe that Summa plotters now run from USB as well or that was the case awhile after I bought mine which is now 3 years old.
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 1:37 pm

I did notice that with my Acer Laptop Gray, Maybe there is a converter out there, like changing parallel to serial, but for USB to serial?

The new Summa D50 runs off USB, but i think there is a software compatabilty isssue with USB too
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 5:19 pm

Gray
i have run my Summa D60 on USB via flexisign and XP operating system. You can purchase a adapter which is usb to serial Belkin are the people just search for belkin on the net and you should end up at their site.

Kevin
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Post Mon Oct 06, 2003 10:46 pm

Thanks Kevin, that's good news, I didn't know that. (hot)
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Post Tue Oct 07, 2003 3:55 pm

Hi Graham, Signlab 5 and 6 will work with XP ok anything earlier will not. If you have a dongle number that ends with H you will also need to download a new driver for that (HDD32.exe) you can get this from www.CADlink.com but you need to register first if you have not already done so. *Have your dongle number handy* Some of the newer plotters will run via USB from SL e6. And you can use the usb/ parallel or serial converters from 5.0 also.

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Post Tue Oct 07, 2003 10:59 pm

But don't forget you'll need to register a new user name and password
every time on the cadlink website as they can't even suss out a decent log-in system.
Yet more amateurs.
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Post Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:05 pm

Hi Ray, thanks for your advice, I should be fine, my dongle ends with "H" and I run Signlab 5
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Post Thu Oct 09, 2003 8:31 am

Hi Graham,

My first post here at uksignboards...

You can run the D60 w/o problems with XP. This plotter has both USB and serial (com) connection. For use with SL v5 I suggest you use a serial cable. These can be of greater length than a USB cable and SignLab v5 does not very easily support USB ports (though it should be possible).

There is a small software called Summa Cutter Control (SCC) which you can use if you want to go USB. (Download from www.summa.be or locate the CD that came with the cutter.) The procedure to cut is a bit backward but it works.
1. Enable the Queue in SCC. Select the location for queue files.
2. Set SL (SignLab) to cut to file and to the folder SCC listens to.
3. Cut.
-- Make sure SCC is running before you attempt to cut...
-- "Get Media Size" from cutter will not work.

However, I recommend serial connection. Can be tricky to set up for novise users but is usually very reliable. We have customers using +20m cable length using thick cables.

Best of luck.

PS. For the Swedish guys here at uksignboards and my UK friends, I will move to another company in the near future. More details will follow... DS.


Kenneth Nilsson, tech support, TEXTMAN AB, Sweden
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Post Sun Nov 02, 2003 2:03 pm

From one Aussie to another !~!
I've been stuck in a rut with XP, and old habits die hard- I still like win98!
The worst problem I've had, and trips to MS help & usergroups etc have not solved is in some directories, it locks the properties so that you can't save a file. You can go & reset the properties to be able to save them (uncheck 'read only') and APPLY, AND THEY'RE STUCK AGAIN.
This is something I don't have a fix for- especially in flexi. I can save as an AI file, then reopen it as an AI file, but it won't let me access the directory if I want to safe it as a FS file.
Also, I can't get Explorer to open up in the same place you left it in, last time you shut it down.
And I don't like it's automated questions/options when you put a CD in or go to do something....makes me seem grumpy!
It'd quick to boot up though! It still hangs & crashes, & doesn't like my canon scanner D2400UF.
Maybe it's just me!
Good luck.

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