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    excelent! now i need to scrap together a mere $450...
    rebuilding carpc... kinda..

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    Quote Originally Posted by minghi
    guys, i dont mean to threadcrap. i know "which is the best radar detector" has different answers from different people.
    i looked at http://www.speedzones.com/ and saw that the escort x50 did better in the POP test, instant on etc.
    So, is there any out port on the escort like the V1.? for the software to work?

    thanks

    ps: also interesting is http://www.laserveil.com/ which has good reviews over all. has any1 tried it before
    I've looked at the data coming from the Escort that goes to the Smart Cord. All it is is pulses to operate the smart cord LED, so there's no way to get much more information from it other than the fact that an alert is in progress. However, that would make software for it very easy!

    The V1 that was tested in the Speedzones test wasn't the current one that is available now. It was one of the older V1s, before the most recent upgrades for POP etc. The next SML test is June 24th - 26th of this year...

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    Alright guys..

    Just got back from Radio Shack. They didn't have any 3.6k resistors, so being the electrical ignoramus that I am, I got the next closest size: 3.3k, since everything else higher was over 4k.

    So.. I soldered in the 3.3k, and voila, she works!

    BTW, V1 revision is 3.821
    You could've wired a few smaller sizes in series to make 3.6k

    Well, that's good to hear the 6-transistor design works. If Jim feels up to modifying that design to incorporate the mute functionality on pin 4, then it would be cake to pop out a few of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fantomas
    excelent! now i need to scrap together a mere $450...
    eBay is your friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by tj!2k4
    Alright guys..

    Just got back from Radio Shack. They didn't have any 3.6k resistors, so being the electrical ignoramus that I am, I got the next closest size: 3.3k, since everything else higher was over 4k.

    So.. I soldered in the 3.3k, and voila, she works!

    BTW, V1 revision is 3.821
    YAY! Finally someone has it working (other than me)!
    So maybe the six-transistor circuit is the way to go...

    Jim

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    *nix port?

    Great work! I've been following the forum to this point and its great to see the kinks (mostly) worked out of the software and hardware interfaces for using the V1 as a computer peripheral.

    That said, what about those of us in the Linux / Mac world? Any chance of porting the software (or at least the libraries) to *nix, as POSIX conforming as possible, so Linux and OS X users could play too?


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    So now that someone else has it working can you post the designs and part list for us so we can build it.

    Can you provide more information on what design you were using that actually worked and any variations. Pictures and diagrams speak 1000 words
    -Jesus- King of Kings Lord of Lords

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    I think tj!2k4 just bought a pre-assembled CT-29A cable and jumpered a 3.3k resistor across the data and 12V connection and it works with S1. As far as I know, Jim's the only one with a working homemade interface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatshortkid
    That said, what about those of us in the Linux / Mac world? Any chance of porting the software (or at least the libraries) to *nix, as POSIX conforming as possible, so Linux and OS X users could play too?

    The current code is VB, so it is basically confined to Windows really couldn't be "ported" in it's current form. But, I'm not beyond eventually rewriting at least the libraries in something that could work across different platforms.

    Jim

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    Jim, looking over the 6-transistor design... I noticed that the DSR and DTR lines are being used for voltage... since your mute circuit is using the DTR line to activate mute, wouldn't it be as simple as removing just pin 4 from this design? There should be sufficient voltage from the RTS, CTS, and DSR lines by themselves shouldn't there?

    I'll swing by the Shack on my way home and see if it'll work the way I'm thinking it will.

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