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software installation on Windows 98

Postby frog » Sun Jun 15, 2008 11:41 am

Hi,
I'm trying to install my 3204 on an ancient laptop that I've been given to use as a dedicated machine (and why not). Having installed the latest picoscope software I attached the 'scope and am now being asked to locate a file called picopp.cat. There's no sign of this file, nor can I track it down on my existing development PC (running XP), which currently has picoscope version 5 installed (and working).

Can anyone suggest where I can find this file please?

Thanks,
Frog
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Postby frog » Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:43 pm

picopp.inf contains the following lines (near the top):

[Version]
Signature="$CHICAGO$"
...
CatalogFile=picopp.cat

But no sign of the .cat file itself.
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plot thickens

Postby frog » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:06 pm

Having RTFM I see that only XP and Vista are explicitly supported these days. I downloaded the older version 5.16.2 which does explicitly support Windows 98 but I still have exactly the same problem.

As a slight aside, I would urge the good people at Pico Technology to give some careful thought to continuing to work with Windows 98 (etc) since, being no longer "supported" by Microsoft it is a *relatively* stable platform and I'm sure I'm not the only engineer who has an old laptop that would make a fine piece of lab equipment and won't run anything written in the current millenium.

Any thoughts etc would be most gratefully received.
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Postby frog » Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:32 pm

Hmmm... I skipped the .cat file and version 5 is working (even without it). Version 6 bailed out unceremoniously at this stage.

The rubber has hit the road, so to speak.
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Postby picojohn » Tue Jun 17, 2008 10:35 am

Hello Frog,

As you seem to realize, PicoScope 6 requires XP or Vista,.

Your comments regarding Windows 98 are noted, however, as you must know, supporting functionality across obsolete and new operating systems is not a practical proposition.

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current and obsolete operating systems

Postby frog » Tue Jun 17, 2008 11:05 am

With all due respect, I do it every day.

In the good old days (Tops-10, Ultrix, Sunos, VMS, Primos etc) things were very different.

I love your products and there's no need to diss yourselves.
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Postby markB » Tue Jun 17, 2008 1:15 pm

Hi Frog

Delete the line CatalogFile=picopp.cat and it should allow you to install the device drivers on 98.
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