CTI System and computers

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by Joepomp, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. Joepomp

    Joepomp Member

    If you go with the CTI system the computer can't be to old. The computer must have two free com. ports. I used an old 486 with a serial mouse. But, evean though I added an extra Serial port card there were conflicts with the mouse. DOS can only acess ttwo com ports at one time.:cry:
  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Um, sorry but dos can use more than 2 serial ports. You need to get an add in serial card and install it correctly in dos. See http://www.dogma.net/markn/articles/comports/comports.htm But, why are you using the DOS version of the CTI software with a 486? Why not use the windows version? It would be much more user friendly, esp when it comes to adding more com ports. Also, the price of a 486 or early pentium with a PS/2 port maybe cheaper than an add in com port card. FRED
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    PC arc is guilty. IRQs are shared between comm 1 and 3 as well as between comm 2 and 4. You may install 4 ports (including real modems), but if you try to use 1 and 3 at the same time or 2 and 4 together, they will conflict. Just need to find a Sun system sitting around :D PS2 is a comm port, but I've never heard of it conflicting with a comm port, so a low end pentium may be a solution. Otherwise a little better pentium with usb or a $10 usb card, + W98 (or Linux with dosemu hint hint) might work. If you need a cheap card, check http://www.computergate.com and http://www.mwave.com

    Edit: usb would free up a comm port by allowing a usb mouse.
  4. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    USB isn't supported by dos and win95a or older and is sometimes hard to get to work with any win95. You can set up coms so they don't share IRQs and all 4 work in dos, but it's a hassel. I use to do it, but not anymore. And a ps2 port, though it technically is a comm port, is controlled by BIOS and doesn't interfer with serial com ports. One could also buy an adapter and use the ltp port as a "serial port", but that too can be loads of fun to set up. The best solution is find a computer salvage store and buy a $10 computer with a ps2 mouse port. Around here $10 will get you a P166/16/1GB with CDreader. And use the windows software.:D FRED
  5. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    95b and c support for usb isn't worth it's weight in salt, better go for 98 if you want usb. And like Fred said, PS2 should do as well to free up the comm ports. Hard to find a sun station under $10 :D

    Now as far as the windows proggy, not having seeing either, I would respectfully argue that the dos program may be as good and be more stable. Since W9x does not offer real multi-user/multi-tasking functionality, the only real improvement in the program itself may be graphical. True the G has been added to the UI, but to many, that's just overhead :D The drawback is stability. As far as I know, in this case, the win version is 100X better and should be considered, so ignore my rambling :D

    I have a 386 with ps2 sitting idle in the garage, with maxed out memory (16MB) :D
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    BTW: On used computers, I've been buying from these folks for 3 or 4 years now. I only buy Dells used, and they run from $15 up to $600 to $800, depending what they have in stock. I just bought a 2GHz system for $500 that came in today. Ground shipping to my location is $20 and takes 2 days. I'm 100% satisfied.


    or if that fails just try http://www.used-pcs.com and go to desktop inventory. Or laptop :D
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Or PM me and I'll sell you a p120/32/1GB desktop with CDReader for $10 plus shipping. I alos have some add in ISA comm cards for $5. FRED

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