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Heya folks,

I'm gearing up for a science expedition to Greenland (it's been my full-time job the past month, arranging every detail from National Guard Hercules flights and SAR insurance down to what bolts will fit with our charge controllers to use with the solar panels, etc).  Anyhoo, part of my job is to run GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) in the field.  I have an old MALA/RAMAC GPR system, and it plugs into a laptop via an old LPT connection (printer port, before everything went USB).



They make USB/LPT adapters these days, but they (the guys at the NSIDC I'm borrowing the radar from) say they've tried every adapter known to man with this system, and it seems it won't communicate with anything except a native LPT port, not through an adapter.  I have an old Dell with an LPT on a media docking station, and I couldn't get it to communicate with that.  Dunno what it is with the protocol the system uses, but it needs an LPT on the computer tied directly to the motherboard.

Since I only have one (1) laptop that'll work right now, and a laptop is a potential failure point, I'm looking for a second laptop.  Doesn't have to be new and fancy-schmancy... in fact an old WinXP box would be great.  It just needs to have an LPT port in the back.  And I don't have a large budget for this, so the cheaper the better.

Can anyone help?  You would, in fact, be helping science.  I could fill you in on everything we'll be doing up there if you're curious.  It's a backup so hopefully it wouldn't be used, but I'd hate to be stuck out there without one if the 1st laptop fails on day 2 of 28 on the ice sheet.

Let me know, and thanks!

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I'm sure you've checked Craigslist?  I was looking for a replacement for my Thinkpad and saw tons of older laptops for less than $100.  Your biggest problem is going to be getting a good battery for whatever you find.

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I'll check when I get home, but we've got an old one that still has XP and if we didn't pitch it I think we've got one that is running 95. I'll check out the XP one and see what the ports on the back are. It's yours if it will work for you. We'll have to wipe the drive but if you're willing to do the reinstalls, it's yours.

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I'll dig through my garage and see what I can find. I won't promise anything but I might have one...strangely.

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Your biggest problem is going to be getting a good battery for whatever you find.

While running I'll plug it into a power inverter connected to a 75-lb 12V gel-cell battery all day (think big cold-weather truck battery) that we recharge on the gas generator each night, so power isn't a major issue.  I just need a laptop with an LPT that works.

Thanks for the help y'all!  If you find anything that'd work, let me know. :)  We'll pay shipping, and chip in a bit for the laptop itself if needed.  Several people suggested Craigslist, so I'm going to look there next.  I tried eBay but most folks don't seem to sell truly old computers there... just 2-3 years old or newer it seems.

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Let me see what I have at work tomorrow. It seems like there was a Toughbook floating around. I'm thinking it got.....got,  cause I haven't tripped over it in awhile.

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No laptop, but I have a couple of slide rules you can use

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We'll have to wipe the drive but if you're willing to do the reinstalls, it's yours.

Yeah, I can do the installs.  No sweat.  Lemme know.

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Our old one doesn't have the port you're looking for but hubby says he has a couple of old ones in the basement that have the ports you're looking for. What time frame are you looking at? He'll need some time to first locate one and then work on it. The battery will be the issue however.

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Duh, just read your follow up post on the battery, so nevermind :)

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I have a Craiglist lead for one locally that'd probably work, for $30.  If that falls through I'll let y'all know, but in the meantime that's probably close to being as cheap as shipping one halfway 'cross the country.

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Good deal, although I'd love the opportunity to ditch some of the computer junk sitting around the house!! Let me know if it falls thru :)

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Good deal, although I'd love the opportunity to ditch some of the computer junk sitting around the house!! Let me know if it falls thru :)

Our local Landfill actually lets us take them in for recycling for free (no printers though). You might check.

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Don't I wish hubby would go for that. Only for a worthy cause will he let his computer stuff go. We're talking about the man who moved around a bucket full of rusty nuts and bolts for years. Its the only time I've nagged my husband and it only took ten years for him to finally get rid of the bucket o bolts.

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I've got an old Dell Latitude D600 that looks to have the port you need. It's yours if you need it.
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Mike, I have one, but the battery is dead.   It's a Dell Latitude D505... got it in 2005.   It has XP on it and was working fine until the battery croaked.  

I would want to delete all of my old data before you take it.  

So, another local option it others fall through.


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Let me see what I have at work tomorrow. It seems like there was a Toughbook floating around. I'm thinking it got.....got,  cause I haven't tripped over it in awhile.

Its gone. Sorry.

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I just picked one up today for $20 cash.  An old Gateway running XP Pro.  The laptop seems to work well, although I haven't installed and tested the software and radar system with it yet.  Hopefully it all syncs up and works.

If not, I might bump the thread to try and find another.  Thanks y'all!

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