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How to setup a second computer to control my AFM system?


  • How do I set up a second computer to control my AFM system?

    First off, Install a new license of Igor as outlined in Igor 6

    Then you will need to install the drivers for the USB ports.

    When you start up the software, it will bring forward the parm (parameter) panel showing that a number of calibration constants are red, meaning that there is a discrepancy between the hardware and software values. This is because you don't have software parm values on your computer yet. So when that panel comes up,
    • click on Move all under hardware,
    • then click on the Use the "use This" Values button at the bottom.

    That will enable the Save the "Use This" Values to software button. Clicking on that button will save the calibration constants to the harddrive, so you won't have to deal with this dialog again (until there is a real problem).

    Video Card Drivers:
    If the ATI video card is Radeon X800 or older, the only drivers that will work are the Catalyst 5.6. This is because of the capture portion of the card that uses the Rage Theater chipset for video

    If the video card is a Radeon X1950Pro, the best drivers to use are Catalyst 8.5. We have found that the WDM drivers that support video capture no longer work in Catalyst packages after that. The last drivers actually released for that card are Catalyst 10.2 and ATI makes no claim for supporting that card under Windows 7. This should be used on WinXP only (32-bit).

    If your video card is NVidia or a newer ATI card, we recommend you use the latest drivers from the manufacture.

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