This note only applies to the Gamry Framework Software Ver 3.0-3.20. installed on Windows® 95, Windows® 98 or Windows® Me. The drivers were reengineered for Version 4.x to be compatible with the newer version of Windows®; Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP. Version 3.0-3.20 does not run on Windows® 2000, or XP.
Effective May 1, 2016 we will no longer offer support or repairs on our PCI4 potentiostats. Please contact our Sales Department to discuss current 'Trade-In' offers available to upgrade to the latest instrument.
Gamry Legacy Devices
Information here is specific to one or more of Gamry's retired lineup: PC3, PC4, PCI4, FAS 1 & 2, Series G, and Framework versions 4 and 5.
The introduction of Windows® 2000 and Windows® XP brought increased security measures to the Windows desktop. Governments and many large companies have implemented these measures to make accidental changes to the computer's environment more difficult, and to prevent malicious changes made by worms, trojans, and viruses.
A Gamry PC4 can often outlive the computer into which it was first installed. PC4 potentisotats require a computer with two adjacent ISA slots. They are not plug-and-play equipment and require some settings tweaking to get them up and running. Here are two common problems that are received when launching the Gamry Framework for the first time after installation:
Authorization Codes activate your Gamry Software to work with your potentiostat. Each of the software packages has a package name (e.g. “DC105” for DC Corrosion Techniques) and a 10-digit Authorization Code that is linked to the serial number of your instrument.
MultEchem systems allow multiple instruments to share a single software license on a single computer. The system utilizes a USB dongle to activate the software license across all instruments. For all Framework versions before 5.63 one must select “MultEchem” from the Select Features page of the installation program to install the driver for the USB dongle. This driver is installed automatically in current versions.
When installing a second ECM8, or switching to a USB-to-Serial adapter for your ECM8 or TDC4, it is necessary to manually change the Port number in the Gamry.INI file. The correct Port number allows the Framework Software to communicate properly with the Gamry Hardware device. The INI file is accessible from the Windows Start Menu under Gamry / Framework / Gamry.ini. The file will open in your default text editor program.
The symptom is that at the start of the experiment no data acquisition begins and the runner window displays “Autoranging” in the lower left hand corner. This applies only to PCI potentiostats installed inside a desktop computer. Verify that the 4-pin power cables are connected to the control board and potentiostat board inside the computer. The instrument will still be properly recognized by the computer without the power cables connected but no signal generation or data acquisition can occur without the power.