I'm working on upgrading our automation system computer and running into
a couple of issues with Simian. If anybody has first-hand experience,
I'd love some input from here. We are currently running Simian 2.2 on a
32-bit computer, with one of the older computerboards cards and Instacal
for a trigger kit. The only trigger we use is the 54:30 clock sync. I
use Simian directly to send serial strings to the Unity 4000 receiver
for switching. We still record several feeds, do live news, and air
Jimmy DeYoung live on Saturdays.
I purchased the BT GPI-16 (from BSI) to use for the triggers, since the
new computer doesn't have the PCI slot for the antique card. BSI's site
indicates it can be connected via serial or USB, but I can't get it to
recognize triggers when connected via USB. Tech support now tells me
it's a serial based device, and directed me to set it up via serial. Is
anyone using this through USB, or is their web site incorrect?
I don't believe I can configure Simian to use two different serial
ports, because I'd need one for the GPI-16, and a second for controlling
the Unity 4000. I seem to remember people using a box to turn relay
closures into serial strings. This might be an option if I upgraded to
the other trigger kit, which includes relay outputs as well. Another
possibility would be to use a stand-alone program running on another
machine to switch the satellite receiver. Possibly on our Amb-OS
computer? Are any of those still supported?
Since we only use the clock sync, I may be able to do away with the
trigger kit. I believe I've read about people using GPS for clock sync.
I assume this requires both hardware and software...recommendations if I
go this route?
Finally...anyone using Simian 2.2 on a 64-bit machine? My computer guy
called and talked to BSI before building this computer, and was led to
believe that 2.2 would work on a 64-bit system. I've installed it and it
seems to be fine, though I'm still working on configuring this and only
have the 60-minute demo period. The email from tech support also noted
that if using Win7 64-bit, we would need to upgrade to Simian 2.3.
I've sent email back to tech support (I don't pay for a tech support
plan) but I'd love some input from BSI users here as well.
WHWL * WEUL * WHWG
Gospel Opportunities, Inc.
130 Carmen Drive
Marquette, MI 49855
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