HP 7580A questions

Stefan birs23 at zeelandnet.nl
Thu Aug 4 17:16:05 CDT 2005

I was thinking of buying one of these or similar : 

They seem to be well supported on modern systems.


At 19:30 4-8-2005, you wrote:
>At 05:25 PM 8/4/05 +0200, you wrote:
> >Tony,
> >
> >I haven't hooked it up to any system because I dont have any system
> >to hook it up to.
> >That is sort of my second question; if I would buy a modern PCI GPIB
> >card would I be able to make it work with the 7580A or other similar
>devices ?
>    It should.  I used to use a HP 7550 over a serial port on my PC running
>Win 3.1. Windows already had a driver for it. It was cool to write a
>document then change the colors in different parts of it and then print it
>on the plotter. The plotter would DRAW each letter and change pens when
>necessary. And it was fast! It was cool as hell to watch it in action!  The
>plotter couldn't handle things with raster (large areas) graphics but it
>was fine for things that only included vectors such as text.
>    If you go buy a HP-IB card then make sure that it includes drivers or
>that you can get drivers for it. My suggestion would be to find an old PC
>that has ISA slots then find an ISA HP-IB card. They're both CHEAP these days.
>     Joe
> >
> >Stefan.
> >
> >At 02:01 4-8-2005, you wrote:
> >> >
> >> > I dug up a HP 7580A and hooked it up, it seems to work fine.
> >> > But the question is now, how do I make it do anything, WITHOUT 
> a system ?
> >> > Pressin pen down doesn't do much, and although I can move left and
> >> > right I cant make it move the paper forward and backward.
> >>
> >>Are you saying these functions do work correctly from the computer
> >>interface (in other words you can send it (presuambly) an HPGL file and
> >>get it to plot it correctly?).
> >>
> >>If so, have you checked that that the frontpanel buttons are actually
> >>making proper contact?
> >>
> >>-tony
> >
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> >
> >
> >


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