In article <4fa3ea$66m at sun4.bham.ac.uk>, M.A.Warner at bham.ac.uk says...
>I'm currently looking for some software that will allow me to hook up a
>mass-spectrometer to a PC. I'm doing a PhD research project which
>involves analysing the exhaled gases for birds. I have a
>mass-spectrometer (Model MGA2000 made by CASE Scientific Instruments)
>which will allow me to do this, unfortunately it is not currently wired
>up to a computer, so I can only get data onto a pen recorder, which is
>far from ideal. However, the mass-spec can output data in a digital
>format via a serial (RS232) interface.
the first order solution is very simple: just connect your RS232 cable to
a serial port, run windoze, then run the "TERMINAL" applet. tinker with
the port settings, and voila ! then simply save to disk or copy and paste
to a spreadsheet.
a more sophisticated answer is that i am currently developing a GPC
program. it inputs (inter alia) RS232 data, saves it, graphs it,
integrates or differentiates, etc. if >>>the price was right<<< i could
adapt it to your application.
suggest you try option (1) before (2), and see how far you get.
> The data I wish to download are
>essentially oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations which fluctuate
>over a period of time to provide a trace. So does anybody know of any
>software that will allow me to download this form of data via a serial
>interface onto a PC, and if you do where can I get it from, how much
>does it cost and what are the minimum requirements for a machine to run