fred at blakemfg.com
Fri Jan 28 01:33:36 UTC 2011
Warren Block wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jan 2011, Fred wrote:
>> I need to buy an expensive logic device programmer that connects to a
>> PC through USB. Unfortunately, the user software that make it go
>> only runs on Bill Gates' cancerous, virus-infested, scourge of the
>> Earth excuse for an OS which I do not use. Is it likely to work ok
>> using wine? What type of programs do not work well with wine? There
>> is a supported, commercial version of wine that runs on Linux. Would
>> I be better off buying that and running it on the FBSD Linux emulation?
> If you were to be more specific about the device you're considering,
> someone may be able to suggest specifics.
> Sometimes Wine is surprising. This was the case when I managed to run
> the Arduino software on Wine under FreeBSD. That software speaks to
> the microcontroller via serial or USB-to-serial:
> If your device speaks serial like that, it might work well. If it
> wants to do low-level hardware or anything uncommon, it probably will
> not work in Wine.
> If you have to get the device anyway, there's little harm in trying it
> on Wine. If it doesn't work, you've lost nothing but time, and
> probably not much of that.
I am interested in the Xeltek SuperPro-5000. This unit will alsowork
stand-alone with a CF card programmed by the PC in addition to usb. I
believe the user software downloads a set of programming parameters and
the file to be programmed rather than driving the programmer directly or
otherwise do low level hardware stuff. I am going to ask Xeltek if they
will give a refund if I can't get the unit working in a reasonable
time. If it doesn't work I would otherwise be out of $1500. I will not
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