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Slow dongle?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by edm20, Feb 17, 2005.

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  1. edm20

    edm20 Thread Starter

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    I have some old (486 era) cad/cam software with a dongle (parallel port). It ran on a pentium 166, but nothing faster. I moved it to another 166 machine, and now it can't recognize the dongle. I underclocked the MB; did not help. Are there any features in the bios I can turn off to slow things down? I tried all the parallel settings; no luck.
    A strange request, but I love this software! Old computers are getting hard to find. Thanks much.
     
  2. Rockn

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    There has to be some sort of software activation in order for the dongle to work.
     
  3. edm20

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    The program has been reinstalled a number of times....all it cares about is finding the dongle, no activation required. For some reason the dongle can't be detected in a newer system.
     
  4. griffinspc

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    Color me confused. If you moved it from one P166 to another P166 why the need to slow it down? Also, did you change machines and that meant changing OS's so you have a driver problem in relation to the dongle?
     
  5. edm20

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    I share your confusion! Both machines run Win ME, the only change is hardware. (Why I don't use the p166 that works is a long story, having to do with a company going out of business, etc.) The software maker has been most helpful; for only $4k they'll upgrade me! I guess it's time to hit the landfill and try to find a 486. Thanks.
     
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