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I have a Husqvarna designer 1, I have windows vista on a newer computer with only usb ports. How do I hook up a parallel port dongle for customizing pro system 5 to my computer?

Are there adapters available ? Do they work? Help

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  • Jerry Zanzig Jan 22, 2013

    I discovered 3D softward is not compatable with Vista - only with XP operating systems. I think the same is true of System 5 software.

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Here's one source for a cable: http://www.cablestogo.com/category/usb/usb-adapters/usb-ieee-printer-adapters?gclid=CPCq8pL-_LQCFQyDnQodFVMAbQ
I suspect this is only the start of your problems and that your software would really work best with an XP operating system. You may want to get an old laptop computer with XP and dedicate it to you sewing machine. Check computer shops that specialize in rebuilding and selling used computers. You should be able to get one for $100-150.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013

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I admit I did not think that VIP Customizing worked on Vista at all, but I now know that some people have got it going. Have you searched the www.sewmuch4retirement.com website (the late Jan Henning's website, which is an absolute gold mine of information for Husqvarna and Pfaff machines)? The other solution might be to partitition your hard drive and run Win XP on one partitition, and use that to install and run VIP Customizing. There are also Yahoo Groups specializing in Husqvarna machines and products. These groups have a lot of members with a wide range of machines, software and experience. I'm sure there is someone out there with a similar problem and someone else with the answer.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010

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SOURCE: have a new computer with windows 7 the dongle of

You need to download the updated Windows 7 drivers from Pfaff. Husqvarna doesn't support Windows 7, but these guys do.

http://www.pfaff.com/global/11285_14370.html

The third heading down under "Useful Software" (under the photo) is

"HASP Dongle Drivers"

-Try downloading this driver. It should fix your issue.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011

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SOURCE: I have an older Viking program, Customizing

I'm sorry to tell you but your program will simply not run in your new Windows7 pc - it simply doesn't have the correct floppy connection driver for it.
Your only option is to either install XPMode or to dual boot. In XP you will have to install the driver for the LPT addon card and then your software.

Posted on Feb 19, 2011

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Those floppy drives that require a dongle are really no good. The USB floppy drives are the way to go. Just plug and play. Here is a link to the USB floppy drives if interested. They start at around $8.00. If you want to stick with the floppy with the dongle, you might want to try running windows update. I didn't see where you posted the maker of the floppy drive or the dongle so getting the drivers or software is pretty much impossible.

Posted on Jul 23, 2011

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