If you haven't already done so, see the page on Help Contents which details what hardware you need to connect your HP38G to a PC. All software for the HP38G requires a Windows PC running Windows 95 or higher. Macintosh and Unix operating systems are not currently supported and are unlikely to be.
To work effectively with a PC you need two pieces of software. The first is called HPGComm, which performs the actual uploading and downloading of aplets, notes and programs but will not edit them. The second is called the ADK (Aplet Development Kit), which allows editing of material once it has been stored on the PC. The ADK was originally written for programmers to use when creating aplets and programs for the HP38G but in my experience the most common use for the average user (ie student) is to edit and create Notes. There are two versions of the ADK, one for the HP38G and one for later models (HP39G, HP40G & hp 39g+).
The HPGComm program is written for Windows 95 or greater and is self installing when you run the EXE file. It will install to a folder in C:\Program Files and create its own program group on the Start menu. When installing there is also an option to create shortcuts on the desktop and/or on the Quick Launch toolbar.
To install the ADK you must expand the ZIP file into a temporary folder and then run the install.exe program. Unless you specify another location it will install to a folder called C:\ADK. It is probably a good idea to place the extra help file in the same folder. The ADK installation program will create its own program group but the extra help file will not be included in this. Delete the temporary folder after installation.
Note: Personally, I like to keep all my HP calculator stuff in one
place. I always create a folder on the C:\ drive called "HPCalc" and put
everything in there. If you've done this then change the installation path to C:\HPCalc\ADK.
As I said above, it is important to realise that the ADK is a very old program. It was written for Windows 3.1 and, although it will run with no problems on more recent versions of Windows, it has some significant differences to more modern programs. The two differences which will cause most problems are that it does not understand long filenames or the desktop. Because of this, when working with the ADK, you will find that it is best to confine your folder names and filenames to 8 characters or less, with no spaces or punctuation. If you don't then you will find that a folder called, for example, "My HP Calc Stuff" will appear as shown to the right. If you have two folders with very similar names then it can become difficult to tell them apart when they are shortened by the ADK.If you have problems communicating with the calculator using the HPGComm program then read the Troubleshooting section of the HPGCOMM.CHM help file.
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