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October 7th, 2004, 03:26 PM
Does anyone know how to get a laptop to read the files that are on an Allen Bradly 2711-NM13 series B? I've searched this site and found no threads with it and I'm thinking that AB won't tell me. Any direction on this would be appreciated.
October 8th, 2004, 08:00 AM
I haven't used them for a while (and then it was with a PV 1000) so my memory might be a bit fuzzy . .
All I remember doing is taking the PCMCIA card out the PV, placing into my laptop PC card slot, and it was recognized as a removable drive. I could read/write to it using any Windows program . . .
October 8th, 2004, 10:19 AM
I'm thinking that AB won't tell me.
.. don't be afraid, we're very gentle.... GROWWWRRR !
The saga of PCMCIA memory cards for old PanelViews is a long one, but it is easy to summarize. PanelView "e" terminals and PanelView Standard terminals up to firmware version 2.x all used "linear flash" type memory cards. These are designated 2711-NM1x. Linear Flash cards are not supported by most modern personal computers.
PanelView Standard terminals started to support "ATA Flash" cards at firmware version 3.x. PanelView "e" terminals never did and never will. These cards are designated 2711-NM2x, and you can use mass-market ATA Flash cards, including CompactFlash in a PCMCIA Type II adapter. These cards plug right into most Windows PC's and are recognized as removable drives.
A-B bet on the wrong horse for long-term support. They added PCMCIA memory when the technology was new, and because Linear Flash is a lot faster then ATA Flash, they went with that (remember that a PV"e" can run its application directly off a Flash card). Linear Flash turned out to have limited support in the PC world and was overtaken in the marketplace by ATA Flash devices.
I have not owned a PC that supported Linear Flash in its PCMCIA slot for probably seven years. Linear Flash drives for PCs are available as specialty items.
The last time I had to deal with a PV1400e file on a -NM1x card I just put it into an operating PV1400e terminal and used a DH+ connection to upload the files out of the card.
October 8th, 2004, 11:43 AM
Okay, I got a hold of an old laptop that supports the 5V linear flash card. I have windows recognizing it as a drive but when I try to write anything to the card it says that it is write protected. I switched the write protect switch and it still says the same. My thoughts now are that the PV1400e doesn't use a FAT file system which is causing windows to not know how to write to it. I used the following link http://www.magicram.com/FAQFlash.htm to figure out how to get WinME to assign a drive letter to the card. Any further thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.