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JohnJ

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Has anyone bought and successfully used any of the new 8-bit and 16-bit SRAM cards with the dataPAC 1500?  Since the dataPAC 1500 is a 16-bit instrument, I would assume you would use a 16-bit card.  Below is the descriptions and reason for separate 8-bit and 16-bit cards.

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John J

8-bit vs. 16-bit data bus path for PCMCIA SRAM PC Cards

Late summer of 2017 our supplier of Data Bus Auto Transfer integrated circuits (IC) put their product on end of life (EOL). Because PCMCIA PC Card devices have been deprecated for over a decade, no other supplier has been willing to provide an alternative IC. The IC allowed PCMCIA PC Card SRAM to negotiate with the host whether the host required an 8-bit or 16-bit data bus for transfers. Unable to find an alternative supplier of the Data Bus Auto Transfer IC, we now provide PCMCIA PC Card SRAM in two separate categories. 8-bit cards, which are the most prevalent in use by most host systems, and 16-bit cards for systems with that requirement. The cards are not interchangeable. Because auto switching had always been available in the past, most devices don't specify which type they require.

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I don't have the DataPac. Did you contact analyzer OEM/sales? Did you contact a 3rd party parts and repair vendor like Portermax? There are many flavors of PCMCIA cards, so I would try the 16-bit card with a return option, if it does not work.

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Walt,

I have had trouble with SRAM cards in the past and found a reliable supplier (Synchrotech). I understand the IC change in the new SRAM cards is industry wide.  I have bought cards in the past that were supposed to be compatible with the Entek (Rockwell) dataPAC 1500 and they didn't work.  I am concerned about the same results with the new individual 8-bit and 16-bit cards working properly in my data collectors. That is why I am asking if anyone using the dataPAC 1500 have used to the new cards with success.  I would like a response from a dataPAC 1500 user of the new cards and where they purchased them if willing to tell.  The OEM would be my last resort because they are so expensive with everything. 

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John J
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Is this the card you are looking for?
https://portermax.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=83&zenid=v3atpfnammmbmq7ndit7qm6oi6

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JohnJ

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Walt,

Yes, if it works.  The Synchrotech is much cheaper.  We use the 6MB cards, which are $189.00. Don't know if either works right or not.  That is what I am trying to find out.

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John J
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John J,

Did you ever try these 16 bit cards?
I am in the same boat as you were, having to tell the supplier whether to use 8 bit or 16 bit card.

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JohnJ

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Dave,
We determined the dataPAC 1500 requires 16 bit cards since the processor is 16 bit.  I have retired, but the person that took over my business tried one of the new 16 bit only cards and it didn't work.  He bought it from Synchrotech and called them and was told other customers have had trouble with the new cards.  They told him they are trying to buy the purchase the rights to use the dual switching technology but have had not had any success as of his last contact ---- about 6 months ago.

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John J
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I just bought one too. I don't have a choice but to try, my DataPac 1500's are dead in the water without a card. I was on my last one. I lost another about 6 months ago.
As long as they have attribute memory, and will format in the box, I think it should work. I'll see and let you know.

Dave

JohnJ

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Dave,

Who did you get the card from?

Please do let us know if you get it to work.

Also, what version operating system is installed on your dataPAC 1500?

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John J
RRS_Dave

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I bought it through MemoryTen, an outfit from Ca (memoryx.net). I believe it is a synchrotech card, but not sure until I get it.

I’m running 5.1 on the DP. It should be here today. I’m leaving tomorrow for vacation and more than likely will only do a gearbox inspection report over the holidays. I’ll fool with this when I get back. I’ll be sure and post results.

Merry Christmas!

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RRS_Dave

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My DataPac came up OK with the new Pretec card in it. I formatted it, initialized it with the Software and made it bootable at same time.
Put it in both DataPacs and they both came up. I'm throwing my other card away, and will probably buy another one of these:

https://www.memoryx.com/s65006.html

I'll let you know if something goes wrong with it. I don't collect data with these boxes, only balance with them and once in a while do off route analysis (I like the big screen). So far it works.

EDIT: The only thing I see that puzzles me is this was supposed to have a replaceable battery, but I see no where it could be. I think I have a rechargeable one, and I didn't want that. I'm going to contact them and see what's up.

Dave
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