Submission Date


Document Type



Physics & Astronomy

Faculty Mentor

Casey Schwarz


Presented during the 19th Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 21, 2017 at Ursinus College.

Included below as an additional file is an update to the original work. Procedures were updated to reflect changes in the VirtualBox software and to improve clarity.

Project Description

Thermal Advantage (TA) Instruments DSC 2920 and SDT 2960 require a computer running Windows NT 2000 and an Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) expansion card to output and record data. Due to the lack of availability for this older software and hardware, a virtual machine running Windows NT 2000, using Oracle VM VirtualBox as the virtualization software, and a GPIB-USB-SH converter were used to allow a modern computer to interface with the DSC an SDT. The Windows NT virtual machine ran the necessary TA software to communicate with the DSC and SDT and USB pass-through was used to allow the virtual machine to see the instruments via the GPIB-USB-SH converter. Both the DSC and SDT successfully communicated and output data to the modern computer.

Haldeman2021Update.docx (248 kB)
2021 updated document

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