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PIL-Box Still Obtainable? - Les Wright - 05-06-2012

I just read a very recent forum article describing using the HP-IL interface and PIL-Box to dump ROM modules, and was inspired to look further, as one with an underused HP-IL module and great interest in connecting the HP41CX to a PC.

I am interested in experience with the PIL-Box, and in particular if it is still an active project. The relevant webpage doesn't have any updates on it past 2010. I have emailed the developer, of course, but I am curious if other members have recently obtained a PIL-Box and how it works for them.

Thanks in advance for guidance.


Re: PIL-Box Still Obtainable? -Answered - Les Wright - 05-06-2012

J-F Garnier wrote me and indeed he is still producing PIL-Box. I will order one. Still interested in other members' experience with PIL-Box as a means of turning the PC into a mass storage medium for the HP41 series.


Re: PIL-Box Still Obtainable? -Answered - Geir Isene - 05-06-2012

I use it regularly. It's a beauty - very useful to load odd modules that are not already contained in my 41CL. Also useful to load MCODE work done "on the road" to my PC.

Re: PIL-Box Still Obtainable? -Answered - Les Wright - 05-06-2012

Thanks, Geir. The 41CL upgrade is my hope, too, but I would need someone knowledgeable and skilled to install it because I am not going to open my 41's ever again after managing to muck things up once and having Randy of FixThatCalc undo my mess. I don't want to even ask Randy about doing the upgrade given that his site has been closed to new work since the beginning of the year.

I have acquired a NoV-64, which Diego is in the process of replacing since I seem to have gotten a malfunctioning programmer, and this of course gives access to ROMs galore.

Thanks for replying.


Re: PIL-Box Still Obtainable? -Answered - james summers - 05-06-2012

Excellent! Good to hear and thanks for letting us know, Les.