Originally Posted by Ivan Diakonov
It seems that to run the machine we need
1. Hybaid MBS cycler;
2. Installed MBS software;
3. Brain Boxes PCMCIA RS485 card in a laptop computer or PCI RS485 card on a desktop computer;
4. RS485 cable (?);
5. A dongle that goes onto parallel port ( if the program does not work without a dongle).
You are right. Hybaid MBS cycler by itself is a peace of metal without the dongle.
It's not a problem to get RS485 card. Even the software is not enough.
You can find a lot of very cheap Hybaid MBS cycler of eBay, for example. I got it for $9.00 but I had to sell it because the dongle.
Actually, it's a pretty standard way for Hybaid, Thermo and other companies to protect their interest. It's almost impossible to get the dongle from recycling/surplus companies. They get big peaces of equipment but not small parts or software.
One of the cheapest "standard" 96-well 0.2mL cyclers with hot lead is PE 9600:
It costs ~$100 with local pickup.