Uploading to the PC

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Sending a Note to a PC is a very common task because many students use the Notepad Catalog to store information they want to keep.  A Note is also very easy to save as it has no associated attachments.  In view of this I will illustrate the uploading process using a Note called "Phys. 2/a". The process is exactly the same for aplets, programs, matrices and lists.

The short version...

The process basically involves four steps:

  1. Connect the PC to the calculator using the cable. Make sure the calculator is switched on.
  2. Start the Connectivity software on the PC.
  3. Decide where you want to store your material, if necessary creating an empty directory to hold it. Highlight this folder using the Connectivity software.
  4. Press SEND on the calculator, choose "Disk drive..." from the list of options and then choose "Send Now". Just ignore the other option  of "Pick location...".

In more detail...

Note: What you see when you press SEND will vary from model to model. The view above right is for a 39gs. If you have a 39g+ then the view is almost identical but the 40gs has another view (below) that doesn't mention an infra-red link. The "HP39/40 (Ser)" option is used for cable to cable communication from a 40gs to a 40gs - remember that the 40gs does not have the infra-red link of the 39gs.

I very strongly suggest that you set up a logical folder structure to contain your files. As a suggestion:

bulletCreate a folder on your C drive called C:\HPCalc.
bulletIn this folder, create:
bulleta folder called Software to contain any software that you download from my site, such as the ADK39 or the Connectivity software.
bulleta folder called MyNotes to contain any notes that you upload to the PC. If you want to, create folders within that to separate (say) Physics notes from Chem notes.
bulleta folder called Aplets which will contain any aplets that you download from my site. As will be explained later, each aplet you obtain from my site will have to be stored into its own folder so you'll quickly end up with a folder structure like the one in the image below right.


  1. One end of the cable should be plugged into your PC's USB port, the other into the top of the calculator.
  2. Start the Connectivity program.
  3. Use the window to choose the directory into which you want to store the files.
  4. Ensure that you are in the Notepad view (SHIFT 0) on the calculator.  Move the highlight onto the Note that you want to transfer to the PC.
  5. Press the SEND button on the calculator (below the screen).  From the list of options choose USB Disk drive... and press ENTER or OK.  From the next option list choose Send Now.
  6. If this is the first time that you have used this particular directory on the PC to hold calculator objects then you will now see the message shown right. You need only press ENTER or YES to continue. No action is needed on the PC.

The process of downloading matrices, lists and programs is essentially the same as that outlined above.  The only difference is in which view is active on the calculator. Aplets can be slightly more complex because they often have attached programs. This is not something you need to worry about - just make sure that you don't unplug until the whole process is finished.

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