Elite Computer problems solved for All!!!

Ross Longley Longley at HBOI.edu
Fri Nov 22 15:48:00 EST 1996


Fellow Elite Flow-ers.  Please take note of the below and print it out
and put it with your ELITE documentation.  I tried Kevin's TSRFont
suggestion, and it worked for me TOO!, Abby.   (Thanks also from me,
Kevin).  Hooray!  And it looks like Doug has solved his problem as
well!!  This is EXACTLY what the Cytometry Mailing List is all about.
Solving Problems....

Coulter Corp---also take note!  ....and there is No Charge!!!

 --Ross--
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Ross E. Longley, Ph.D.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Inst.
Division of Biomedical Marine Research
Immunology and Oncology
longley at hboi.edu
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On 11/21/96, Abby Allen wrote:

C. Kevin Becker's suggestion regarding the loading of a tsr program for
the
font tables solved my menu gibberish on my elite software.  I had to
call
Hewlett Packard, but after a half hour, we located a file called
TSRFONT.COM.
This file was located in the directory C:\Windows\VGAUTIL\.  To load
this for
use, I placed the line in the autoexec file and now my problems are
solved.
(Or at least this one, anyway!)  I was told that this file is generally
deleted
from autoexecs because it is not needed for windows and most DOS
programs and
it takes up memory (because it is a TSR).  So, I would imagine that
there are
similar files out there for other computer brands as well.

Thanks Kevin!


Abby Allen
CBR
Boston, MA  02115

allen at cbr.med.harvard.edu
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From: dsmoot at med.navy.mil
To: cyto-inbox
Subject: Elite Computer problems solved (at least for me!)
Date: Friday, November 22, 1996 9:51AM


Well, I finally got my Gateway 200 Pentium 133 working on the Elite.  It
took a long time and there were several layers of problems.  But first,
I
want to thank all of you who replied to my problem.  The suggestions
were
all very helpful!

1. The video problem: there have been several suggestions.  There is
even a
company in Germany (I think) called Ematek that may have drivers to
solve
the problem on the Elite.  My solution was to swap cards with an older
Pentium with an older video chipset which worked on my computer.  The
gibberish is gone, but the other ideas of using a TSR are interesting
and I
wish I had thought to test them out.

2. The other problem I had was in getting the adlister card to collect
data
from the Elite.  When I first installed the card, I could tell that the
card
was talking to the cytometer because the lights were flashing like it
was
collecting data, but the program was not geting any information.  The
flow
rate was zero even though I had the cytometer generating signals at
about
3000/sec.  I used the sort strobe as a particle simulator and read data
through the FS detector with the neutral density filter removed.  I
solved
that problem, and yesterday I ran my first experiment acquiring data on
the
Gateway computer.

The solution was to change the BIOS.  The Gateway 2000 came with DOS
6.22
and Windows 3.11.  The BIOS was a plug and play BIOS and I had to
reconfigure the BIOS.  There is a program that came with the Gateway
called
the Intel ISA configuration utility.  That was to allow you to assign
interrupts to cards plugged into the machine.  That program seemed like
a
good idea, but I don't think it helped.  What I had to do was go into
the
BIOS under the ADVANCED menu and go into the PLUG AND PLAY menu and
change
the configuration mode to "Use Setup Utility" (to run my network and
talk to
the network and e-mail, I have to change it back, so to run samples
today I
have to change the BIOS back again.). The system then allows you to
sellect
interrups and assign them to an ISA card. I had to assign IRQ #7,11,15
to an
ISA card.  Those are used by the adlister card.  For some reason that
didn't
work, but when I assigned IRQ #9 to an ISA card, it seemed to work. I
don't
know why.  In order to get IRQ #15, I had to disable the secondary IDE
controller which controlled the CDROM.  However, after assigning IRQ
#15, I
reactivated the secondary IDE controller and I seem to have no problems.

Just for configuration information, my hard drive is a 2GB SCSI drive.
The
old Mistsubishi WORM drive which still works on my computer is
incompatible
with the SCSI interface, which is a standard ASPI interface.  However, I
am
purchasing a JAZ Drive which will interface very well (though I am told
NOT
to run IOMEGA's setup program!).

Well, I hope that is helpful to you guys.  Coulter is not very helpful
with
these problems.  They obviously want you to buy their computer, and if
you
are not comfortable changing BIOS and are not very computer literate, it
might be worth the high (very high) cost of their computer.  They use a
DTX
computer, and they might help you configure that one even if you don't
buy
it from them (I would call them first).  One of their reasons for not
helping is the ISO thing that they are involved with.  I suspect another
reason is that they are interested in selling computers and parts to
stay in
business.

Anyway, I hope that helps.  This new 133MHz computer goes through data
very
fast.  Large list mode files in Batch mode go by so fast I barely get to
see
the screen with the data!  Good luck.

Doug Smoot
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Douglas Smoot
Immune Cell Biology Program
Naval Medical Research Institute, Code O612
Bethesda, MD 20889-5607
voice (301) 295-6272  fax: (301) 295-0376





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