Re: 1200 GTO laptop compatibility


Mar 13, 2003

 


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#6928 Mar 13, 2003

I am a new 1200 GTO owner who would like to run the mount with Digital Sky

Voice on a laptop. I'm interested in getting any and all info I can regarding

the compatibility of the software with a laptop/sound card and a laptop with

the mount. The specifics I'm looking for include but are not limited to the

laptop brand, model, speed, sound card, and OS version. I would also like to

know if anyone has had any experience connecting to the mount with a USB to

RS-232 adapter and of course if any of this worked or not. I had decided on a

Toshiba 6100 and then received an e-mail from Bill McLaughlin (from the AP

web site gallery) stating that his Toshiba wouldn't run the mount at all,

though he didn't give any of the above specifics. The only feedback I can

offer in return at this point is that I was easily able to run Digital Sky

Voice in emulation mode on a 700MHz P3 Micron running XP useing the on board

mic. I allready have one computer (desktop) that has never worked for what I

bought it for and the company that made it just took my money and ran, so any

help would be enormously appreciated. Thank you, David



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#6929 Mar 14, 2003

I am running the DigitalSky software with my AP900 and a Sony Vaio

laptop. This laptop is a 1GHz model with XP and it works just fine.

The laptop does not have an RS232 port so I use the Belkin USB to

RS232 adapter. If you check the recent archives on this group,

someone mentioned a more cost-effective USB to RS232 adapter. The

DigitalSky software works as does Skymap Pro 7.0. I use a standard

serial cable to connect the adapter to the mount. For the microphone,

I purchased a separate one with an on/off switch. You really need to

be able to turn the microphone off. The DigitalSky manual does a good

job of recommending a microphone. I may try this with my Dell laptop

in a few weeks. Hope this helps.



Bryan

--- In ap-gto@yahoogroups.com, dthorman1@a... wrote:

> I am a new 1200 GTO owner who would like to run the mount with

Digital Sky

> Voice on a laptop. I'm interested in getting any and all info I can

regarding

> the compatibility of the software with a laptop/sound card and a

laptop with

> the mount. The specifics I'm looking for include but are not

limited to the

> laptop brand, model, speed, sound card, and OS version. I would

also like to

> know if anyone has had any experience connecting to the mount with

a USB to

> RS-232 adapter and of course if any of this worked or not. I had

decided on a

> Toshiba 6100 and then received an e-mail from Bill McLaughlin (from

the AP

> web site gallery) stating that his Toshiba wouldn't run the mount

at all,

> though he didn't give any of the above specifics. The only feedback

I can

> offer in return at this point is that I was easily able to run

Digital Sky

> Voice in emulation mode on a 700MHz P3 Micron running XP useing the

on board

> mic. I allready have one computer (desktop) that has never worked

for what I

> bought it for and the company that made it just took my money and

ran, so any

> help would be enormously appreciated. Thank you, David



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#6930 Mar 14, 2003

I have run DigitalSky on my old Dell P3 500MHz using the Win98 OS.

It worked great with my AP900. I haven't reloaded DigitalSky since

I upgraded to Win XP (I think that was an upgrade G>), so I can't

comment there - maybe I can get that done this week end. I like to

DS along with TheSky. I not sure which sound card Dell uses....



I found the microphone I used to have an significant affect on the

voice recognition, but even the cheapest one gave was acceptable. I

don't think you need to invest $100+ on a microphone (although that

may work give even better results) as the $35 dollar Radio Shack

model seems to do fine. I absolutely agree with what Byran said

about the On-Off switch.



I run three USB to Serial adapters at the same time, and have found

the IOGear to do a very nice job. They are available for about $35

each, and are very small in size. They are a 7 to 8" cable with a

USB plug on one end and the standard size DB9 on the other, so they

just become part of the cable. I just have to plug them in using

the correct sequence to keep the COM port assignments consistent

with what I've set up in the different software applications.


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