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  • zdknits
    I am just starting out with an 940 electronic knitting machine after using punchcard models for many years. I am confused by the various interface options,
    Message 1 of 3 , May 24, 2011
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      I am just starting out with an 940 electronic knitting machine after using punchcard models for many years.

      I am confused by the various interface options, and which ones are absolutely necessary. I can't seem to find anywhere that maps it all out. I don't have a PPD or FB disk drive, nor DAK/cable setup. It is not likely that I will have any of them anytime soon as they seem to be either rare or expensive, or both.

      I'm running Windows XP on a laptop (ergo no serial port). I am a reasonably proficient end-user rather than a programmer.

      So, can someone confirm for me that following these directions to make a cable
      http://www.ladyada.net/wiki/tutorials/knittingmachine/ftdicable.html
      should allow me to connect my laptop directly to my machine?

      Then I need some sort of disk emulator software on my computer? Do I need to use the same one as on her tutorial, or will the one that has the simulated look/feel of the FB100 also work?

      If I program a stitch pattern on a friend's PPD & send it to my machine, I should then be able to upload it to my PC to store it for future use?

      What if I want to design in the future (without lugging my 940 over to my friend's house to use her PPD)? Is there design software that will work specifically with the cable & FB100 emulator? Am I correct in understanding that one pixel = a stitch? Will any program like Paint or CorelDraw that lets me save an image as a bitmap file work? Or do I still need DAK? What do you use/recommend?

      OK, sorry, I've probably asked way too many questions. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. :)

      Z
    • John R. Hogerhuis
      ... Ebay is your friend for vintage equipment. ... Probably. I haven t built that cable, but it looks like a good attempt. If you happen upon a Tandy TPDD-1 or
      Message 2 of 3 , May 25, 2011
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        On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 11:25 PM, zdknits <zackds@...> wrote:
        > I am just starting out with an 940 electronic knitting machine after using punchcard models for many years.
        >
        > I  am confused by the various interface options, and which ones are absolutely necessary.  I can't seem to find anywhere that maps it all out.  I don't have a PPD or FB disk drive, nor DAK/cable setup.  It is not likely that I will have any of them anytime soon as they seem to be either rare or expensive, or both.
        >

        Ebay is your friend for vintage equipment.

        > I'm running Windows XP on a laptop (ergo no serial port). I am a reasonably proficient end-user rather than a programmer.
        >
        > So, can someone confirm for me that following these directions to make a cable
        > http://www.ladyada.net/wiki/tutorials/knittingmachine/ftdicable.html
        > should allow me to connect my laptop directly to my machine?
        >

        Probably. I haven't built that cable, but it looks like a good attempt.

        If you happen upon a Tandy TPDD-1 or -2 cable, you can use that in
        tandem with a USB serial port or built-in serial port to connect to a
        Brother knitting machine. That I've done myself, so I know that works.

        > Then I need some sort of disk emulator software on my computer? Do I need to use the same one as on her tutorial, or will the one that has the simulated look/feel of the FB100 also work?
        >

        Either should work. Maybe some other members could give opinions on
        the different software.

        > If I program a stitch pattern on a friend's PPD & send it to my machine, I should then be able to upload it to my PC to store it for future use?
        >

        Yes.

        Not ignoring your other questions, but hopefully some others can give
        you good answers.

        -- John.
      • Kidoodles3
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        Message 3 of 3 , May 26, 2011
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          From: kminternals@yahoogroups.com [mailto:kminternals@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of zdknits
          Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 2:25 AM
          To: kminternals@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [kminternals] Just starting out

           

           

          I am just starting out with an 940 electronic knitting machine after using punchcard models for many years.

          I am confused by the various interface options, and which ones are absolutely necessary. I can't seem to find anywhere that maps it all out. I don't have a PPD or FB disk drive, nor DAK/cable setup. It is not likely that I will have any of them anytime soon as they seem to be either rare or expensive, or both.

          I'm running Windows XP on a laptop (ergo no serial port). I am a reasonably proficient end-user rather than a programmer.

          So, can someone confirm for me that following these directions to make a cable
          http://www.ladyada.net/wiki/tutorials/knittingmachine/ftdicable.html
          should allow me to connect my laptop directly to my machine?

          Then I need some sort of disk emulator software on my computer? Do I need to use the same one as on her tutorial, or will the one that has the simulated look/feel of the FB100 also work?

          If I program a stitch pattern on a friend's PPD & send it to my machine, I should then be able to upload it to my PC to store it for future use?

          What if I want to design in the future (without lugging my 940 over to my friend's house to use her PPD)? Is there design software that will work specifically with the cable & FB100 emulator? Am I correct in understanding that one pixel = a stitch? Will any program like Paint or CorelDraw that lets me save an image as a bitmap file work? Or do I still need DAK? What do you use/recommend?

          OK, sorry, I've probably asked way too many questions. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. :)

          Z

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