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Need Help laptop win 10 (x64) + summa plotter via serial/ltp port

Discussion in 'Summa' started by 1234, Nov 29, 2018.

  1. 1234

    1234 Member

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    hi,
    i have an old but stubborn plotter summa d60 with serial and ltp ports.
    i´ve been using it with my pc win 7 (x64) and axago serial port / see below
    i´d like to use it with laptop, so is there any external serial port or other way to do the job?
    thanks for any tips!

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  2. Bert Wondervan

    Bert Wondervan Member

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    To solve this problem you need:

    - USB to Serial cable, (try Googole)
    - Compatible software with Windows7 for your cutter.
     
  3. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Most modern computers don't have those ports now. My workstation computer (true workstation, not just a tower that one does work and only work on) does have those ports and it's just 2 yrs old, but most computers bought off the shelf anymore don't.

    The USB to Serial is probably your best/cheapest bet, but I would make sure that it has drivers/software (for your cutter) for Win 10 64bit as that is going to be the system that it's going to be on, not Win 7. While there used to be some compatibility between OSs, Win 10 (at least my experience with my dad's computers (I stopped using Windows on bare metal when Win 10 came out)) is very much a fickle OS, I would make sure that everything is kosher for that specific OS.

    Depending on the USB to serial cable, may have to make sure those drivers are for Win 10 as well and not all of these cables are created equal. I know I couldn't get the cheapest to run my embroidery machines connected directly to the computer (not the same one as my workstation).

    The joys of upgrading some hardware, may force one to upgrade other software/hardware as well. That could be possible.
     
  4. jerry369

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  5. PHILJOHNSON

    PHILJOHNSON Sales Manager

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    Good afternoon,

    What Jerry suggested should do the trick. Just make sure when you purchase the adapter that it includes the driver installation disc. Once you install the driver you can test your connection using Summa Cutter Control(https://www.airmark.com/pages/summacut-vinyl-cutter-downloads) which is included with the Summa Cutter Tools download on the link I provided. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    Phil Johnson
    Airmark Corporation
     
  6. decalman

    decalman Active Member

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    I did the usb. to serial Port switch for years with an old roland 24.
    I got a new Summa d75 ,and what a relief .
    I can use any kind of a laptop and use the modern ports.
     
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