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Thread: great I have a new ignition and now need an old laptop

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    Default great I have a new ignition and now need an old laptop

    Seriously msd the 4217 is a great ignition
    I just need to search for an old laptop so i can adjust it

    Im disapointed in the fact that you guys havent been able to use at least a usb cable for the programing
    I will tell the guys i ride with to wait a bit before they buy a 4217 as you have to back date your computer to make it work

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    You can use an usb to serial port adapter to hook up to a newer laptop. If you have any questions please let me know

    Thank you


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    x4bngr Guest


    The serial port adapter is the sole reason I am not upgrading my MSD ignition box. It's 2010. USB has been around for what, 10 years?

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    Ian Harrison Guest


    C'mon guys!!

    Quite a few programmable ignitions operate through a serial connector (RTD, HPI, PVL, etc., etc.) as do may dyno applications.

    A serial to USB adaptor is hardly a huge investment.

    $1 to $3 on Ebay. Hardly a reason not to purchase (just type in serial to USB adaptor).

    Best Regards


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