Collect RAD Data with the AW-RADW program under Linux

E-Mail form a Linux user:

Hello Bryan Boardman,

I got your AW-RADW.exe software to work in Linux, the new Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.

Here's the instructions in case you want to put them on your website:

How to get Aw-Radw to work in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)

Install Wine from the Ubuntu Software Center on the left side of the desktop, it will be the “Wine Microsoft Windows Compatibility Layer”

Click on “Home Folder”, Your Username Folder, then create a new folder called “AW-RAD”. Copy the AW-RAD software from the cd into that folder.

Find the AW-RADW.exe file and right click it. Go to Properties, then Permissions and check the box “Allow Executing File as a Program”. Where it says “Group”, then your username...i went ahead and changed it to allow Read and Write as well. Click “Open With” on the top, check opens with the Wine Windows Program Loader.

Plug your Aware Electronics RM geiger counter in along with the Trendnet USB to serial adapter. (Note: Instead of a USB to Serial adapter, one can use Aware's high performance USB-MSP Aware Electronics High Performance USB-MSP Micro-Controller based interface)

Open up terminal and type this in:

dmesg | grep tty

It should come back and say where your pl2303 USB adapter is. (Note Aware's high performance USB-MSP uses FTDI chip FT232R. Drivers for this chip can be found here: Virtual COM Port Drivers Windows WHQL Certified available as a setup executable)

Mine said: ttyUSB0 meaning USB Port assigned is Zero/0

Remember that port number and change your port number as needed in the code below

Back to terminal type this in:

ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com1

ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 /com1

You just created shortcuts for the Wine program to find the Com Port. Mine was Zero above (USB0), change yours to what USB port you found with: dmesg | grep tty

I inserted the TrendNet driver cd, copy it's contents to a folder on the desktop. Now the "Auto.exe" file in it, right click and change permissions to allow it to be Executable. Open with Wine, install the driver. (As noted above Aware's high performance USB-MSP uses FTDI chip FT232R. Drivers for this chip can be found here: Virtual COM Port Drivers Windows WHQL Certified available as a setup executable)

Almost there, now click on AW-RADW in the folder you installed it into and run the program. You need to change some settings. Change the sound used from Direct X to Windows API. Also on the bottom you need to check the box “Force NT mode”. Set your calibration for your specific RM detector.

Go ahead and start collecting RAD Data. When it gets to the screen for the Alarm sound...stop...click on the BOLD font “SPACE.WAV”.....Open...the on the next screen click on the BOLD “TICK5.WAV”...then click open. You just redirected the link to where the sound files are now.

Restart your computer after changing all of that. You can now collect RAD Data with the AW-RADW program on Linux.

To find the Wine program folder if you are curious where it resides.... Click on your desktop "home folder" in the top left. When your Username Folder opens, click "Control H". All hidden folders are shown. Scroll down to the folder ".wine" and that's where the wine windows program resides. See what other Windows programs you can get to work in Linux...

Dale G.