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AWDFury
11-22-2004, 09:37 PM
I know the computer needs a P233 with at least 32meg of RAM running Win98.
and also a DB9 serial interface of some sort. What is the popular model of lap top most of you guy running the DSM link have?

Zarco
11-23-2004, 01:12 AM
Any laptop will work as long as it meets those requirements(even windows 95 has been known to work with dsmlink)

If you are looking to use a new laptop you will most likely need to get a usb to serial port converter. Besides that it's all personal preference.

Sony laptops are the BMW's of the computer industry.

Mark0

AWDFury
11-23-2004, 07:00 AM
Thanks for the reply! I was mostly confused of what was a DB9 serial interface, I guess any serial port.

AWDFury
11-23-2004, 09:22 PM
I don't want to bid on the wrong lap top, would this do?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31553&item=6724897070&rd=1

AWDFury
11-23-2004, 09:27 PM
I don't want to bid on the wrong lap top, would this do?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=31553&item=6724897070&rd=1
It has a serial port and has Windows 2000.

AWDFury
11-23-2004, 09:35 PM
What about this lap top?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=42202&item=6723904744&rd=1

AWDFury
11-23-2004, 10:58 PM
I really need someones opinion I don't want to waste my money.

biglady112
11-23-2004, 11:42 PM
Looks ok to me. Just make sure that it has the requirements that you need. Go to dsmlink.com and you can find out what is necessary.

Steve

hotrod
11-24-2004, 12:06 AM
DB9 refers to the small serial port with a nine pin connector.
There is also a larger DB25 port with a 25 pin connector but you can change each to the other with a simple adapter.

Larry

Hal
11-24-2004, 05:49 AM
uh, don't get a 25 pin printer port confused with a serial port.

You can't convert one to the other.

Hal

AWDFury
11-24-2004, 08:08 AM
How many kinds of serial ports, besides the printer, are out there?

DsmRacing
11-24-2004, 08:14 AM
"I know the computer needs a P233 with at least 32meg of RAM running Win98."

That is not necessarily true. I run dsmlink just fine with a pentium 150MHz and windows 95. Never really ran into any problems. I have a few laptops, so if your interested, let me know. I will let you try it out first if you want.

Chad
97 GSX

AWDFury
11-24-2004, 08:20 AM
"I know the computer needs a P233 with at least 32meg of RAM running Win98."

That is not necessarily true. I run dsmlink just fine with a pentium 150MHz and windows 95. Never really ran into any problems. I have a few laptops, so if your interested, let me know. I will let you try it out first if you want.

Chad
97 GSX
I sent a PM to you.

hotrod
11-24-2004, 11:00 AM
Yeah, sorry wasn't thinking lap top only --- probably should have mentioned that! The DB9, DB25 designations only refer to the number of pins and shape of the connector.

The printer port is a female plug (parallell port), but some older desktop and very early lap top systems (pre- 1999 or so) had 25 pin male serial ports or both 9 and 25 pin serial ports on them. Nobody used all the pins, so around the time the ATX came out everyone began moving toward DB9 serial ports.

Obviously modern laptops will all be the DB-9.

I sometimes forget that not everyone has a box full of cable adapters and went through the time period when you had to buy 3 adapters to get your computer hooked up because no two used the same connector configurations. Serial mouse, ps2 mouse, centronics, ega , rgb, vga DB-15, monochrome - MDA, DIN-5 key boards ----- etc. etc.

;)

Larry

v413nc3
11-24-2004, 11:09 AM
Actually Larry, a lot of DB9's are going away now. My newest laptop doesn't have one. I had to get a USB to Serial adapter.