Tech Note 153 Detail

Mac to PC conversion

Affected Products:


I have been running the 700 interface on a Macintosh computer and now I want to run it on my PC. What do I need to do?

PASCO Solution:
  1. You should check the Windows computer requirements to make sure that your computer will work with the Science Workshop interface system.
  2. Most PC computers do not have a SCSI port included. Because the 700 interface uses the SCSI port, you will need to purchase a SCSI card. PASCO sells an ISA SCSI card. The part number is CI-6548. There are Windows 95 and Windows NT installation instructions.
  3. You should check the version of the 700 interface that you have. To do this, connect the interface to the Macintosh computer, and run Science Workshop as usual. Then, select About Science Workshop from the Help Menu. The 700 interface version information appears in the lower right hand corner. Version 1.3 is required for Windows computers. Version 1.1 and 1.2 can be updated using EPROM chips which are available from PASCO. Contact Technical Support.
  4. Additionally, you will need to download the latest version of the Windows software.
  5. The 50 pin Centronics plug to 25 pin DB plug will allow you to connect the 700 interface to the CI-6548 SCSI card. If you are using multiple SCSI devices or a laptop computer you will need to purchase a different cable.
If the 700 interface is not found by the Science Workshop software, consult the troubleshooting tips.

Creation Date: 01/1/2000
Last Modified: 02/22/2008
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