Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2005 09:42:16 -0500 (EST)

Author: Andrew Dougherty

Subject: Re: data from RS232 port


On Tue, 1 Mar 2005, Aaron Titus wrote:

> I've contacted the company, Perkin-Elmer, to see if they have such a program.

>> b) the command set for the instrument.

> I do see the command set in the manual. However, I'm unsure how to issue such
> commands. I suppose that a program can be written in LabView to do this (or
> in the "old" days, QBasic). I do have a new copy of LabView and am eager to
> learn LabView this summer; however, my only computer with a serial port is a
> vintage Win95 computer, and my new copy of LabView definitely won't run on
> that computer.

For at least experimenting around, I like to use Kermit for such things.
Check out

It's scriptable, though depending on the nature of the data, it might not
be too convenient. If you have a favorite scripting language (e.g. Perl
or Python) it probably has a decent Windows serial port module you could
use to write a simple program. For Perl, a quick search turned up

I imagine there's a similar module for Python.

Andy Dougherty
Dept. of Physics
Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042
From Wed Mar 2 09:43:42 2005