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Small update... As you can see I am not a graphics person. But it works so far. The deck can be controlled by the buttons top right and you can also play a track using the number button in the list. Buttons for writing updated track name, delete track, move track etc will be added shortly. :-)

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10 hours ago, kgallen said:

Jonas, this looks promising. Are you able to share your code? (Sorry if I’ve missed this above!)

Kevin

Yes. I have not checked anything in yet. I really should do that... I will post a Git link, probably late tonight.

Best regards, Jonas

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No rush! Do this when you're ready. I just wanted to check I hadn't missed your posting and you were wondering why no-one was playing with your new software!

I'll be using it with an E12 (don't have an E11), so if you know of any obvious incompatibilities then let me know.

First problem, possibly is to get a PC to use it's RS232 port... I have a Win 7Pro 32-bit with RS232 so it should be possible... :-)

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"everyone" (meaning I cannot remember and I haven't done it!) is telling me that you should be able to buy a reliable USB<->RS232 adapter for a few bucks from Amazon. I do keep my early noughties laptop (T40) for communicating with my server-monster that has a real RS232 port in the docking station. I'm sure you know all about 9pin vs 25 pin and the various aspects of RTS/CTS and flow control generally, so you will work it out - that's the most painful part I have found, even if I have got the right connection.

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5 minutes ago, sfbp said:

"everyone" (meaning I cannot remember and I haven't done it!) is telling me that you should be able to buy a reliable USB<->RS232 adapter for a few bucks from Amazon. I do keep my early noughties laptop (T40) for communicating with my server-monster that has a real RS232 port in the docking station. I'm sure you know all about 9pin vs 25 pin and the various aspects of RTS/CTS and flow control generally, so you will work it out - that's the most painful part I have found, even if I have got the right connection.

Thanks Stephen. Hopefully I should be good with the hardware side of it (await crying post in a couple of weeks!). At this point I'm assuming that Win7 will have a built-in driver for the motherboard RS232 port as it will be part of the standard "AT" chipset that's been on every PC from the start of time (I think!). If not then i guess I'll need to get one of those USB-RS232 adaptors, but it seems silly to need to do so! (I have a real aversion to the USB mechanicals since it has no secure locking mechanism - although nowhere near as bad as HDMI, what an abortion that is - weak insecure plug/socket attached to a chunky cable, jeez what a joke...). I digress...

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Most USB-RS232 adapters should work. I have run into problems here at work when communicating with older robot controllers using RS232 and some USB-RS232 converters. After some investigation they seem to add a linefeed after carriage return or the other way around, and that makes protocols like this crash... Driver problem!

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16 minutes ago, JonasE said:

Most USB-RS232 adapters should work. I have run into problems here at work when communicating with older robot controllers using RS232 and some USB-RS232 converters. After some investigation they seem to add a linefeed after carriage return or the other way around, and that makes protocols like this crash... Driver problem!

...and when it comes to cables... I found a bought female-female 9-pin nullmodem cable, and that just worked ( 2<->3, 3<->2, 5<->5 at least). Not sure if rts/cts and the others need connecting at the PC end, but I dont think so.

I use a Deltaco UC-232C9.

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