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February 08, 2012, 08:30:53 PM

Hey guys,
So basically I need to program simple commands to the Agilent 8453 UV-visible for my University Chemistry Research. The Agilent 8453 UV-visible Spectrophotometer is currently connected to an old computer running Windows 98 via an HP IB. I want to write a simple command to connect the computer to the Spectrophotometer so the computer will recognize it. It can be in any language. Basic / C is fine as well. Basically we're going to start off small. Just need communication between the PC and the Spectrophotometer. Then we will move on to controlling the temperatures of the solution that we put in to measure. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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[ on | off ] <CR> <LF and EOI>
This instruction is used to switch remote mode on and off. With REM ON the
temperature control unit is set in a remote mode. In this remote state the
keyboard is disabled for all inputs (only the UP , DOWN , and CLEAR  keys are
accepted). The ENTER  key is only accepted within the remote function context,
that is to change the display for system and main functions and to reset
remote to off. However, the function REMOTE ON, which is selected, can be used
to reset to REMOTE OFF instead of using the REM OFF command, (see also
“Remote Mode” on page 88).
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The REM instruction without parameters returns a string which represents the
current state of the temperature control unit: 
on = remote mode
off = normal mode
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February 14, 2012, 09:55:04 PM

can you give me a bit more as to what you are looking for?

ie. a command line for everything
specphoto pel on ; sleep 10 ; specphoto pel off

or a dos box menu driven interface;

or a gui

what does the port present itself as? a quick doc scan suggests that it is a com port, but I couldn't see what it was or missed the page.

what scripting languages/c-compile environments do you have available to use? e.g., Microsoft VisualC++, VB, MinGW, Cygwin, Windows Scripting Host, jscript, cscript, etc.

I would be against providing a compiled exe to you as you would have no idea what it was capable of. However source, with staged requests would be OK, as you can then follow and keep it going/get someone else to add or check.

also it appears that the following might also be required: Interfacing and Programming Guide for the HP8452A diode-array spectrophotometer

Most importantly a timeframe for each stage.

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