FACS/H-P -floppy-> Mac/PC driver?
jgaraud at faust.u-strasbg.fr
Tue Jan 2 09:14:17 EST 1996
"David R. Johnson" <johnson at biomed.med.yale.edu> wrote:
> We have a flow cytometer that works very well (Becton-Dickenson
>FACSort) connected to a Hewlett-Packard Computer that runs an
>ancient OS and doesn't work very well.
> Does anyone have (or know of) a floppy driver that works on a DOS
>machine (Windows 3.1) or, preferably, a Mac? This would allow
>importation of FACS data into Excel, etc.,
BD sells "PC lysis", a program for PCs, almost identical to the Lysis
program for the HP 9000 workstation. This program comes with the
"HPreader" utility which allows to read HP-formatted diskettes on a
There are however two problems :
1 - PC lysis is very expensive. By the way, for a much better (and
cheaper - it's free !) program, look at the excellent WinMDI by J.
Trotter at http://facs.scripps.edu/software.html
2 - Both PC lysis and HPreader are copy-protected by the same key (a
device on the parallel port). A real nuisance !
I believe it should be possible to buy the HPreader utility alone
(it's not made by BD) but I haven't found where yet.
Institut de Chimie Biologique
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