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Suzanne Deveson  Identity Verified
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Dec 5, 2006

Dear colleagues,

I have recently invested in a notebook, but silly me, I didn't check whether it had the right type of port to plug in my TRADOS 5 dongle. I found out there is an adapter (USB to LPT), but apparently it will only work if TRADOS does not require a 'hard' LPT port. Can anyone tell me if the dongle will work with an 'emulated' port? (not sure the terminology is correct).


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Search the forum Dec 5, 2006

Hi!

You have a parallel (LPT) dongle, that you want to plug in on a laptop that lacks this port, right?

This has been discussed before:
http://www.proz.com/post/415266#415266
http://www.proz.com/post/249744#249744
http://www.proz.com/post/313880#313880
http://www.proz.com/post/251663#251663
http://www.proz.com/post/237400#237400
http://www.proz.com/post/78804#78804

Based on previous experience, you'll have better luck if you buy a PCMCIA>LPT adaptor, since USB>LPT probably won't work.

That's provided your laptop has a PCMCIA slot, off course.

Otherwise, consider upgrading the dongle to USB or even softkey, it's not that expensive. Some users wrote that the trade-in to USB is as cheap as 10-25-100 EUR, depending on version. Or downgrading to another laptop...

Maybe swap it for an USB dongle on the Exchange (jumble sale) here on Proz if all else fail?


Best,

Jan


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Margreet Logmans  Identity Verified
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Afraid not... Dec 5, 2006

Hi Suzanne,

from what I know, I'm afraid it won't work. These adapters are made for printers, not dongles.

You'd best contact TRADOS Helpdesk, but I think you're going to have to upgrade your TRADOS Version.

Good luck!

Margreet


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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PCMCI card Dec 5, 2006

It could be another option - you should have at least one slot where you could insert such a card - one option is card with USB ports - usualy you get at least 2 so you wil already have a spare port for another appliance. IMHO it should work however I didn't try it myself.

I wish you good luck

Stanislaw


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Suzanne Deveson  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Dec 6, 2006

Thanks everyone for all your valuable suggestions!

I did search the forum before posting, but obviously not thoroughly enough!

I will try and find a PCMCIA>LPT adapter first - I don't mind upgrading, but I have been unable to establish a network between my PC and notebook so far, and I wasn't sure I could upgrade to TRADOS 7 from my notebook without the previous version of TRADOS installed on it + the dongle plugged into it... Perhaps that will be my next question...

Thanks for your help!!


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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Upgrade doesn't require previous version Dec 6, 2006

Suzanne Deveson wrote:

I will try and find a PCMCIA>LPT adapter first

I wasn't sure I could upgrade to TRADOS 7 from my notebook without the previous version of TRADOS installed on it + the dongle plugged into it... Perhaps that will be my next question...

Thanks for your help!!



Suzanne, AFAIK when you get the "upgrade" from Trados it's actually a full install, so you won't need anything installed on your laptop, you can start from a clean slate. And since they provide a USB dongle or softlicense, you don't have to bother about the old dongle - keep it for your other PC.

Otherwise, you can pick up the PCMCIA adapter on Ebay for USD40:
http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&sacqyop=ge&catref=C5&saaff=afdefault&ftrv=1&sacur=0&sorefinesearch=1&ftrt=1&fcl=3&frpp=200&nojspr=y&from=R10&saslop=1&fss=0&satitle=PCMCIA%20parallel%20-tasking&sacat=-1&catref=C6&sargn=-1&saslc=2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP/Postal&saprclo=&saprchi=&salic=-15&fhlc=1&fsop=3&fsoo=2


Best,

Jan


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Suzanne Deveson  Identity Verified
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Thanks + 1 last question Dec 6, 2006

Wow, thanks, Jan!! That makes a huge difference in price.

Perhaps you could also help me with my last question. If I do decide to upgrade and install TRADOS 7 on my notebook, will I then be able to install the upgrade on my PC too, without establishing a network first?


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Jan Sundström  Identity Verified
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1 Trados 7 license = 2 computers Dec 7, 2006

Hi Suzanne,

I think it's possible, but other users surely will have hands-on experience to tell you more.

There's nothing stopping you from installing Trados 7 on both computers. When it comes to the license, read these posts on how other users solved it:
http://www.proz.com/post/265036#265036
http://www.proz.com/post/465160#465160

AFAIK, you can download two license files. If the computers are on the same network, you can only run one instance at the time.
But if they're disconnected, I guess there's nothing stopping you from running both?!

/Jan


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Suzanne Deveson  Identity Verified
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Thanks!! Dec 7, 2006

Thank you so much for your help. I think I may go for the upgrade, because I need to use my laptop over the next few days.

Kind regards,

Suzanne


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