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polar 720i(12 posts)

polar 720iMPH74
Jun 4, 2003 5:34 PM
despite having a laptop with an internal IR sensor, it appears that i still have to buy the polar IR interface in order to get my watch to talk to my computer since i am a windows 200 user... can anyone confirm this?

apparently internal IRs only work if you have windows 95...

re: polar 720idivve
Jun 4, 2003 9:06 PM
It will work with Win2000. The Win95 limitation only applies to the S510 and S710.
re: polar 720iMPH74
Jun 5, 2003 5:35 AM
I'm about to stomp either my computer or my HRM... I do have Win2000 but it still doesn't work. I called Polar and they had me upgrade to the new version of their software (4.00.23) and configured the software properly.

It didn't work after that... they suggested I call Dell to make sure my IR port is enabled. Dell won't help me because I don't own this computer (my employer does)... my employer's IT customer service won't help me cuz this isn't work related! any further thoughts?

thanks to all who responded. BTW, my computer is a dell latitude laptop with an internal IR port - pentium 4 running win2000.
re: polar 720iMikeBu
Jun 5, 2003 7:21 AM
In the Polar software on your computer is the communication port set to irda and not a com port? You need to set it to irda or the software will be listening on com ports for your hrm...
Had to enable mine on my new Dell laptop, here's how. . .js5280
Jun 5, 2003 7:39 AM
You need to make the change in the BIOS which is accessed by pressing the F2 upon power up. There's just a few seconds to do this typically before the computer moves on to loading Windows. Just press and hold the F2 immediately after hitting the power button (note computer should be off first). That should bring up the BIOS screen. Use Alt+P to scroll through the pages of BIOS settings. You're most likely looking for "Infrared Data Port" and it is on page 4 on my Dell. "Infrared Data Port" will probably have Disabled next to it. Change it to a COM port (e.g. COM3), you can see how to scroll through settings at the bottom of the screen (I think it's the up/down arrows). Once changed, you'll need to save those new setting on exit. It should prompt you to save and exit. I think that Windows will automatically detect and install the new device. See if it works now. If not, post or send me an email at js5280 at hotmail dot com.
to verify what js5280 said.....divve
Jun 5, 2003 8:24 AM
....right click the icon My Computer, select Properties --> Hardware tab --> Device Manager. Your IR port should be visible there. Right click it in whatever directory tree it's in and select Properties. You should be able to see/select whether it's enabled or not.
many thanks!MPH74
Jun 5, 2003 9:56 AM
The BIOS thing did the trick! Thanks very much!!!
mine works fine....usna00
Jun 4, 2003 9:22 PM
Running XP Professional and a 710i. No problems at all. I believe there was something on the Polar website that you might want to check out...It is only possible to use Win95 for the 710 or any monitors without the "i" in the name.

Since you said you use a 720i you should have no problem. Just make sure your IR port is configured correctly (independent of the Polar software) and I think it should all be kosher.

Good luck!
re: polar 720iCarbonJoe
Jun 5, 2003 7:03 AM
Actually, you can use the 710 (and I would assume the 720) with OSes other than Win95 WITHOUT the need for the IR interface. Check out this page

I use mine with my Win98 SE laptop without the Polar IR interface. The key is (for the 710) you need to set up the IR port to *NOT* use IrDA. The 720 *DOES* know how to do IrDA.
ditto on that... Dell laptop,internal IR, Polar 720 = runs greatphilippec
Jun 5, 2003 8:12 AM
difference between 710i and 720i????bicycle268
Jun 5, 2003 7:57 AM
I always assumed the two were the same except the 720i had the fancy stainless steel faceplate......

If there is a difference, what is it?
720i has a useable Pause setting? marketing? -nmfiltersweep
Jun 5, 2003 8:41 AM