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Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting your older Compu-Dobby via USB

USB can generally be recognized by one of these symbols:

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The key to getting the USB Port connected to the Compu-Dobby is through the use of a USB-Serial Adapter. Using this device is relatively easy. There are many, many manufacturers of USB - Serial Adapters. Chief among them are KeySpan (the best for Mac) and Belkin (for the PC), but just google USB-Serial Adapter and let Google or Froogle take you to a host of Web Sites devoted to the device.

Or get one from AVL. We have one that we have had pretty good luck with for both Mac OS X and Windows.

The way it works (both Mac and Windows):

Here is the order of connection. Plug the USB-Serial Adapter into the computer. Then plug the AVL Compu-Dobby Cable into the Adapter. Last, connect the other end of the AVL Cable into the Compu-Dobby. That's it … well almost.

USB (Mac OS X):

In order to make the USB-Serial Adapter work with your Mac and Compu-Dobby, you must install the software that should have come with the Adapter. Installing the software will allow your software to recognize the USB Adapter. If software, generally in the form of a CD-ROM, didn't come with the unit, then try downloading the driver from the manufacturer's Web Site.

When you go into WeaveMaker, you should see the USB-Serial Port listed under Dobby Port in the Dobby Menu. It is NOT Bluetooth, which comes with the Mac. Then make sure you have the correct AVL Compu-Dobby model I, II, or III chosen in Dobby Type.

Clicking on Dobby Weave should activate the unit.

Sometimes the Mac will inform you that the Serial Port is already in use. In that case then, we advise that you "burp" the unit by disconnecting the USB-Serial Adapter at the USB port. It is OK to do this while the Compu-Dobby and Mac are "hot". The USB is designed to be "hot-swappable" … unplugging and plugging back in will help the Mac to recognize that a USB Port is in use.

USB (Windows):

In order to make the USB-Serial Adapter work with your PC and Compu-Dobby, you must install the software that should have come with the Adapter. Installing the software will allow your software to recognize the USB Adapter. If software, generally in the form of a CD-ROM, didn't come with the unit, then try downloading the driver from the manufacturer's Web Site.

Install the software and then immediately go to the Device Manager (Control Panel: System: Hardware: Device Manager). About three-quarters of the way down the list of devices, you'll see Ports (Comm & LPT). Clicking on the plus sign will reveal the active ports, one of them should be the USB-Serial Port and it will tell you what Comm Port it has allocated for itself. Generally, it will be Comm 3 or Comm 4, but not all the time.

Next go back to your AVL (or other) software and tell it which Comm Port and which Compu-Dobby you are using. You should be ready to weave.