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HP-IL Files: Where, What, Why, How, etc.
Message #1 Posted by Dan M on 4 Apr 2000, 5:03 p.m.

I finally figured out that I will never get this write-up "finished," so I've put it out online as it is.

Check out the following web page for your reading and HP-IL'ing pleasure:

It is all about how to use your _modern_ pc to locate, access, and use HP-IL files WITHOUT the special HP 82973 HP-IL/PC interface card.

You will need a 9114 floppy drive, internet access, and HP-IL capability (I focused on the HP-41, with some emphasis on the HP-71B. The techniques should work for everything else, too)

If you have any questions about it, please send me an email.


Re: HP-IL Files: Where, What, Why, How, etc.
Message #2 Posted by Leo Duran on 4 Apr 2000, 8:51 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Dan M


You are a life saver! I was just looking for this kind of stuff, as I want to link my 41CX to my PC to transfer programs. It seems it can be done!

Thanks a lot for this info. I just have the HP-IL module, I 've got to find a 82973 card, or as you suggest, a 9114 drive.

If anyone is selling a drive, please contact me. Thanks, Leo.

Message #3 Posted by Steve on 6 Apr 2000, 7:32 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Dan M

If that's what you call incomplete...

You've suceeded in answering my questions on the subject, referenced articles I can go and look up, found links to software, and then thanked everyone else for their effort :-)

BTW, I noticed in the list of HP prices on ebay that I was active in this period. The $7.50 HP-IL interface, the $6 2225.

I'm surprised at the prices some things reached. I'm not overly wealthy, and have generally been scared off when bidding has gone high, so I really havn't seen the heights that some things have gone to.

Re: HP-IL Files: Where, What, Why, How, etc.
Message #4 Posted by Wayne Brown on 11 Apr 2000, 10:12 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Dan M

This is great! I tried to use the LIFUTIL and LIF2DOS programs about a year ago, but without success. I assumed it was explained by the "only works on older machines" warning. Your write-up got me interested again, so I gave it another try. This time I found the problem -- the diskettes formatted with my HP-41 had no volume labels. After adding the volume label with a program from an old PPC Journal, I tried again and everything works fine on both my Pentium desktop and Celeron laptop. Now I can start exploring all those swap disks I downloaded last year. Thanks!


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