GPIB,'C' and the HP-150 (was:Re: Tek 4041)

From: Roger Goswick <>
Date: Thu Jul 29 22:52:32 1999

Hey Jeff, get one that has the "touch" screen like mine. Then you
can explain to me how to interface it a bank of Pioneer 1007 CD
changers, <grin>.

Roger Goswick

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Subject: GPIB,'C' and the HP-150 (was:Re: Tek 4041)

On Thu, 29 Jul 1999 21:51:04 Joe <> writes:
>At 11:16 PM 7/29/99 +0100, you wrote:
>>> , but
>>> >doesn't the HP150 have an IEEE-488 port (aka GPIB, HPIB) as
>>> >standard.
>>> Yes, it does but the 150 uses the port to connect to
>>> operating under MS-DOS. It has no commands that will let you
send or
>>> recieve specific strings over the HP-IB.
>>That's news to me (and I guess to HP). The HP150 Technical
>>Manual has a section entitled 'HPIB Interfacing' which describes
how to

>>use the HPIB port for non-disk devices.
> THAT's news to me! I've never heard of using a 150 as a HP-IB
>controller and I have a large STACK of 150 documentation and none
>it even hints that you can what you're talking about. Can you
make a
>copy of that for me? S_at_#* and I've got a pile of 150s setting out
>rain cause I had no use for them!

Now see, I figured that you knew this, Joe. I remember when I was
working for motorola, they tried to market an automated radio test
system that used an HP-150 as an instrument controller, attached
(via GPIB) to a service monitor, and a *BIG* interface box called a
'barn' that routed the audio, PTT, etc.

It didn't sell. The application software sucked.


> In C? Is there a C that will run on the 150? Most of the
>has to be tailored specificly for the 150 or else be VERY MS-DOS
>compatible with no short cuts. I've heard of BASIC, Assembler and
>will run on the 150 but I haven't heard of a C compiler that would.

I suspect any version of 'C' that is a straight command-line
*ought* to work (using dos calls only, of course). Hmmm. Turbo C
comes to mind. The hard part will be getting the HP-150
of dos 2.x (or better, 3.x).

Dang it Joe, see what you've done? Now I have to buy an HP-150 to
this out. S_at_#*. :^)


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