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    Hp 9000 340

    Hi guys,
    I've got a HP 9000 340 which has the Mechanical Engineering Series 10 software installed also it has the HP 46088A table. I don't have any connectors for the HP 46088A not sure what its missing. Also does this act as a license dongle for the software as I get an error when loading the software and it looks like it looking for a license dongle or something.
    Cheers,

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    Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien

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    That is a HP-HIL port. Those cables are not easy to find.

    However, I don't think the digitizer had ID module functionality (that's the "dongle" you might be referring to). Those also connect via HP-HIL. Unfortunately it probably wants a *specific* ID module.
    I use my C128 because I am an ornery, stubborn, retro grouch. -- Bob Masse
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      #3
      I had an HP 360 that had an ID module, but I eventually removed it from the HP-HIL chain and it did not seem to have any effect with the software that I had installed (I only had a keyboard on the chain). I never understood how the ID modules were 'linked' to the software/hardware that required it, since when I was supporting HP servers, it was just a few years later and all we needed was the software and the codewords. Did you ever get this sorted?

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        #4
        No, still have not found a solution. The software probably needs a hack to bypass the copy protection
        Not all those who wander are lost. - J. R. R. Tolkien

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          #5
          The ME10 software uses the an ID module box connected to the HP-HIL bus. this module has a unique serial number which can be queried by the software.
          It is possible to copy the ROM into another EPROM to duplicate such a module (the EPROM is soldered in and must be de-soldered first).
          ID-modules can be found easily - should not cost more than 10$ or so.

          This means you need the software AND the matching UID-Module.

          The alternative would be to modify the ME10 software, of course - I have not seen such an adapted copy, though.

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