ProLink Golf Course Management - GPS Receiver/Transmitter
Posted on 2013-05-14
This is some very vague information, about a software package that isn't around anymore, running on ancient hardware...and it would be really awesome if I could get it running!
My local golf course uses ProLink CMS 4.x, it is a SQL/IIS package that runs on Windows 2K Pro.
ProLink was bought out and the golf course decided not to pay the increased maintenance fees (They aren't swimming in cash). So there is no support available.
I was brought in and the 'server' wasn't booting, I was told that someone was 'cleaning up cables' and when they tried to boot the server back up they just got a blue screen. We ran virus scans, malware bytes, HD tune, and didn't find a single thing wrong. We put the drive back in the system and all of a sudden it boots up.
So now the server appears to be running, but it doesn't seem to have any connectivity to the GPS hardware. This is where I get lost. There are 2 devices plugged in via db9 serial cables, 1 runs to a device that isn't labeled, it is an aluminum case with an antenna, it has 3 lights that are all green.
The second serial cable runs to an antenna on the roof which I'm told communicates with a 'repeater' that is installed at a high point on one of the holes.
The specific problem I can relay is that when you open the web page loads, and I view the course map, there is a message stating "Connection to switchboard has been lost", nobody there knows what the switchboard is.
There is also a "ProLink ReadPipe" service that doesn't start.
There is no information I can find regarding this program, so hopefully someone out there has used this software.
Or does anyone have experience with serial GPS devices? I can't find any configuration that specifies com ports...so I am at a complete loss as to how to get the hardware to talk...
I've got my fingers crossed here...let the good info flow.