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    Track Software

    To open a new raceway we are looking into a race control software system. Like SRT, Trackmate. etc. Would like to hear some comments and suggestions about which ones work and why. Commercial versus Freeware. I've been looking around on the Internet, lots of outdated links out there. Just a simple DOS race director program would do. Also exactly what hardware is needed (included or not) aside from computer and printer. And of course something inexpensive. Money is needed for other things.

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    The printer is the hangup for DOS programs. Hard to get DOS drivers.

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    Part of the game is working with what you have now, and planning to work with in the future. Starting up is always a pain and what you get used or free is where most of us start.

    SRT is the only game that I know of that 1) sells tracktime. and 2) manages race programs. While the system can support mutiple tracks to sell time on one computor, I have yet to see anyone use it that way and still run races. One track/one computor is best for race directing....got to use the space bar for track calls and data display. Works in DOS 5/6 with just the SRT software and everything else dumped. Dedicated card from SRT only fits P-2 and earlier cpu motherboards...unless they finally have new ones out. Motherboard MUST have an "ISA" slot for the SRT serial board.

    Trakmate dos and windows program available rather inexpensivly. Works great for club and raceways that use clock timer time sellers..

    I will let someone else comment on other systems that I have NOT used.

    Trik Trax time sellers can be had on e-bay from time to time...electronic clock timers in one box.
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    There many racedirector systems that handle eight lanes. Most of these require a card of some sort.
    I think the newest and most versitile member of the catigory is Slottrack 9.

    Slotrack 9: http://slottrak.fsmra.com/index.html
    Works with phidget boards and USB Timeseller interface Vista/XP ready whol lot of options.

    New kid on the Block Carsten's Lapmaster:
    http://www.slotcarracing.dk/LapMaster/LapMasterPR.htm
    Works with the LapmaterII card.

    Next is Pc Laptimer: http://www.pclapcounter.be/
    Works with mutiple boards including phidget USB

    Lanemaster: http://www.scaleauto.com/lanemstr/index.htm
    Lanemater board

    SRT : http://www.slotracingtechnology.com/
    SRT board timeseller interface

    Then theres Slotmaster: http://members.aol.com/dlel/slot_master/welcome.htm
    Slotmaster board

    Trackmate:
    Pidget USB and Trackmate boards plus timeseller.
    http://www.trackmateracing.com/

    Then the international favorite Spytech race manager:
    Spytech interface board.
    http://www.spytech.cz/?lang=cz&sec=rmdetails
    http://library.spytech.cz/en/library/race-manager

    Free programs Include Slot Race Manager:
    Parrallel series boards.
    http://www.cenobyte.nl/slotracemanager/hoofdframe.html

    Gregory Brauns neat Laptimer 2000:
    Series parrallel
    http://www.gregorybraun.com/LapTimer.html


    Raymond
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    I Farted Around With Slottrak For Months With A Dead Strip And Never Got It To Work For All Cars And Motors. He Did Give Us A Refund As He Could Not Figure It Out.(still Huge Was Of Time And Energy) Hooked Up My Trackmate In Under A Hour And It Has Been Working Great. I Love The 1min. To Race, 40sec. 20sec. To Race, So You Don't Have To Yell, How Much Time.!
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    Rich:

    Trakmate is a nice program with the windows version but getting pricy with the Canadian dollar being strong.

    I am curious what you used as an interface card for the Slottrack 9 to your dead strip.

    Was it a Parrallel printer port, Serial port or Phidget board USB?

    Optical Sensors it works great,but with a dead strip it can be funky with some parrallel port cards if not configured or set up for that card right (works great with a USB phidget board). Especially the on board parrallel ports. A second PP card it works fine but a phidget board has more versitlity.

    Anew progarm on the market is the Carsten Lapmaster that looks promising. http://www.slotcarracing.dk/LapMaster/LapMasterPR.htm

    Raymond
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    That was the first problem when we hooked up to the orignal parrallel printer port(per there instruction) it would only count like 4or 5 lanes so they had us change that to a different parrallel printer port and than it started counting 8 lanes. That seamed to work,and than we noticed it was missing laps on certian cars so we played with different resistors in line with each lane and got to where it would count most cars but not falcon motors. when I think of all the time spent on the ground in a tight space trying to get this to work it makes the trackmate seem cheep. Maybe the newer 9 program is better but I would not want to go thru that mess again.
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    I'm looking for a phone number for Lapmaster but can't seem to find one. Anyone out there know what it is?
    John Myers

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    Just checking Lapmaster or Lanemaster.....

    Lapmaster is in DK currently no phone number for lapmaster.

    http://www.slotcarracing.dk/LapMaster/LapMasterPR.htm

    Email him at: Groennemann@post.cybercity.dk

    If you are looking for Lanemaster call Gary Beedle at Scale Auto. http://www.scaleauto.com/lanemstr/index.htm

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    Thanks for the information.
    John Myers

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    I have both, trackmate and SRT. Trackmate hooks up easy but I would have to say that SRT runs the best of the two.

    Must have computer with Dos 6 to Win98 and a ISA slot as mentioned in one of the post for SRT system plus a dos base printer if you want a printer.

    I have had zero troubles out of the SRT system during racing but have had some problems with the Trackmate system during races.

    I did have a SRT interface card burn the out puts to the relays one time which can cost some money. Must use the right relays and voltage for the card to last.

    Draw back is if either systems interface goes down you are down unless you have a spare.

    The SRT system is more up to date and has sounds and start lights on screen which is neat and will work with about any computer with com ports or USB ports. Both do time seller.

    That is my 2 cents worth on the subject.

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    I have never used the SRT system, but I recently purchased Trackmate (windows version) and love it! It too has sounds, start lights, and works with any computer with either port. I have had no problems at all with it.
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    Thanks for the information.
    John Myers

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    I can't believe after all these years, SRT has not adapted to a windows based system and either a USB input or a PCI card.. Hell computers with ISA slots haven't been available for well, 10+ years...

    If not SRT, I can't believe no one else has made a copy of it, being that every commercial track *I've* ever been to uses the SRT system..

    I am looking for a track system for a 4-lane home track that I am looking into having Chris Dadd's build.. I have looked at several of the options that have free Demo's out there and none of them are really appealing.. Maybe it's BECAUSE every commercial track I've ever raced on used the SRT system, but that's what I'm use to... Now I just have to figure out a way to get it for my home track!

    -TheChad

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    Our GreatLakes Slot car club for 1/32 plastic cars use the trakmate system (almost) exclusively with dead strips and 25 amp Pryamid power supplies. works fine, easy to use and hook up with its own relay board. Works with any laptop and extension displays.
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