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Steno Machine Notes
Acculaw has a list of different machines and their features here.
Note that machines without Realtime will not work with Plover.
Stentura 200 SRT
Note that the Stentura 200 SRT is by default a manual machine with a manual touch; however, as talked about in this thread it is possible to wedge a piece of plastic or a string into the machines to get a similar touch to the Stentura 400 SRT.
Lower Cost Generic Cables vs. Stenograph Specific Cables
People have had varying success using lower cost generic cables versus Stenograph specific cables.
As of April 2016 a Google Groups search in the Plover group for stentura 400 srt yielded various threads on this:
Stentura 400 SRT, Mac, Plover. - Generic cable reported working on a mac.
Stentura 400 SRT USB-Serial adapters - Crossover cable was used to get it working.
Plover and Stentura 8000LX troubleshooting - Not clear if the person got it to work.
USB to Serial Adapters
- Belkin F5U257 - Tested to work fine with a Stentura 400 SRT with a Stentura specific realtime cable purchased from Stenoworks on a U.S. version of Windows 7 64-bit. Drivers from Belkin available here. (ebay: F5U257) Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 17:57, 13 June 2016 (EDT)
- Belkin F5U409/F5U109 - Tested to work fine with a Stentura 400 SRT and a Stentura specific realtime cable purchased from Stenoworks on the U.S. version of Windows XP. Official drivers from Belkin available here. There is an unofficial work around to get it working on other OSes, which I did not try. (ebay: F5U109), (ebay: F5U409) Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 17:57, 13 June 2016 (EDT)
- Insten PCABUSBX0049 - This is the first one I bought on eBay but after not finding any drivers readily available and reading the beginning of this thread and the response from AustinPSD (which I found by just doing a Google search for PCABUSBX0049 driver) I decided not to pursue it further. Jjjjjjjjjj (talk) 17:57, 13 June 2016 (EDT)
- Though, according to a page written by Glen Warner it was possible at least at one point for a $400 fee to add Realtime capability even to a machine from the 1950's. See http://cheapandsleazy.net/goodstuff.html and do a search for "non-realtime ready machine"