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1st generation TDS Ranger to Windows 7...

Discussion in 'General Land Surveying' started by Dave Karoly, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Dave Karoly

    Dave Karoly 5-Year Member

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    Mobile Device Center.

    I have no trouble connecting this DC to XP with Active Sync through a serial cable.

    With Windows Mobile Device Center the DC knows the computer wants to connect so I hit yes on the DC but Mobile Device Center just spins and spins waiting for a driver.

    Does anyone know the secret handshake to get this connection to work? Fortunately I still have a Windows XP laptop which I use to download but occasionally it's convenient to do it with the desktop.

    This is at the office.
     
  2. cburnett18

    cburnett18 4-Year Member

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    Give this data transfer utility a shot.

    http://www.trimble.com/datatransfer.shtml
     
  3. Edward Reading

    Edward Reading 5-Year Member

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    Funny, I just had this problem on Saturday Dave. I re-started Mobile Device Center while it was spinning and looking for the driver, and it connected. Good luck!
     
  4. Jim Frame

    Jim Frame 5-Year Member

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    I just placed an order for a new Dell workstation with 64-bit Windows 7. I'm bracing for a wide swath of lost productivity as I wade through all the minutia of getting older hardware and software to work on new hardware and OS. Ugh.
     
  5. The Pseudo Ranger

    The Pseudo Ranger 5-Year Member

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    If you are talking about the original "At Work Computers" Rangers made in 1999, I spent about 4 hours trying to get that dumb thing to communicate with XP, and never got it. It used to work, but in my research I learned the new versions of ActiveSync did not communicate with this version of Windows CE.

    I tried installing legacy versions, including some very old MS communication utility, and nothing worked.

    I tried installing TDS Surveylink, but it did not like the 9-pin to USB conversion cable.

    In the end, I connect the old ranger to newer ranger via a null modem cable, transferred the files to the new ranger, then downloaded the newer ranger.

    At the main office, they kept a computer with 9-pin serial port goign, and can transfer data via TDS Survey link with no problem.
     

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