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Dongles

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by baldbird, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. baldbird

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    Ok, I know that dongles can be used to connect wirelessly, but am i right in thinking there are lots of different dongles for various puropses ..... :confused:

    I may just be a bit dull, but can't really get much info on the net - anyone wanna fill me in ?
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Some dongles are for copy protection, usually bundled with expensive software (CAD etc)

    The software will not work without the dongle. In the dongle there usually is a PCB with a couple of IC's, and when the software starts up, checks for the existance of the dongle; and also the code on the chips. Normally plugged into the serial port.
     
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    You can buy dongles and program them yourself to do whatever you want. We used to buy them in bulk at work to protect our software.
     
  4. John_N

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    ... An example might be that the dongle can generate output values for a given input value, or you could maybe embed a certain vital program function within the dongle. You could also use the dongle to make decisions within the program logic. Basically, it is possible to do it in such a way as to make it very very hard or virtually impossible to take the dongle "out" again by just bypassing a simple"is the dongle connected?" type program branch.
     
  5. MuFu

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    ATi's component adaptor is a dongle.

    MuFu.
     
  6. baldbird

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    Thanks for the info so far, but......

    Anyone know's if there's such a thing as a dongle that converts and ide hard drive into a serial ata ????????

    :confused:
     
  7. John_N

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    I think a company called 'acard' do hard disk adapters. They certainly make IDE to SCSI adapters (allowing you a cheap SCSI disk from an IDE drive) and I think they do a parallel to serial ATA convertor as well.

    Look at www.acard.com for details
    John
     
  8. baldbird

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    cheers John
     
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