OT: Desperately seeking Geist-Electronic

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I'm totally OT here, friends, but I am really desperate so...

I have, for the last Year or so been trying to order some stuff from the German firm Geist-Electronic but without success. As can be seen in an old thread (https://www.avrfreaks.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14229&highlight=geist) I thought this had to do with me writing in english.

So I asked my old mom to help me translate a short letter to German. It simply asks if Geist delivers to Sweden and ,if so, how they prefer to receive payment. This message has been E-mailed to Geist. As all the other e-mails I have sent there, this also generates an automatic answer which I think says "message received. Well process it in due time" or somesuch.

And what happends? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

So now I'm dear need for Your help:

Q: Has anyone here done business with Geist recently? Are they a functioning company (as they are updating their catalog it seems they are up and running).

Any tip on how to get their attention would be great.

As a last resort: Would anyone here, living in Germany, be willing to help me get my hands on a kit from Geist? If so, send me a PM and we'll work out the details, logistics and rewards...

Whats the big deal, You might ask. This: In March 2003 the electronics magazine Elektor presented a logic analyzer using FIFO memories (and being controlled by an AVR!). Geist sells (?) a kit with PCBm, all parts except for the AVR but with one 4K FIFO. I really wanted this, but with some big FIFOS, eg. 16K. Thinking the FIFOS would be the hard part I started with hunting for them. This was no easy task as they had to be in a DIP package (rather than the abundant PLCC FIFOs) to fit the PCB. I had almost given up when a fellow AVRFreak helped me to no less than 6 FIFOs each 32K. (For free. I am forever greatful!) Figuring the hard part was over I started e-mailing to Geist to get the kit ... and has come nowhere.

So now I have $300 or so worth of FIFOs and nothing to put them in. It drives me crazy! I was naturally planning to burn the AVR myself and I can, of-course, collect the rest of the parts myself. But I have no means to make the double-sided plated-through-hole PCB.

[sobbing] Please, help...

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Hi Johan,
the web-site of Geist (http://www.geist-electronic.de/) shows a button, with which you can send an email to Geist. So it should be easy to contact them.

Godd luck
Bernd

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Berndt!

Thank You for Yor response, but I already know of, and have used the button

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with which you can send an email to Geist

The problem is that they neglect to respond. To this day I have emailed them four or five times over a period of a Year or so, but has not gotten any response apart from their "automatische antworth" saying that they'll deal with it "baldmoeglichst ".

I have received a PM from a fellow freak in Germany who most helpfully called their phone number. He says there is an answering machine saying they are on vacation until september 9. (This explains why I don' get any answer now, but to explain the missing answers to previous mails they must have been on vacation for about a year...) I'll sit tight for a forthnight or so.

Sorry if I sound angry, which I am not. Frustrated, though...

Doesn't change the fact that this site and the people here are fantastic! Cheers, all!

Johan

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Folks!

FYI: In less than four hours I have received two PMs offering me the help I am in need of so "Thank You but no more callers needed".

You 'Freaks really are a great bunch!

Johan (merrier already...)

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"Some questions have no answers."[C Baird] "There comes a point where the spoon-feeding has to stop and the independent thinking has to start." [C Lawson] "There are always ways to disagree, without being disagreeable."[E Weddington] "Words represent concepts. Use the wrong words, communicate the wrong concept." [J Morin] "Persistence only goes so far if you set yourself up for failure." [Kartman]

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You probably couldn't care less, but anyway: As the next to last resort I faxed the same thing that I have emailed several times. (The last resort would have been to accept the help form one of the two 'freaks situated in Germany that offered to help).

I also decided to solve the immediate problem by building the LoLA analyser (a project at this site) myself, so yesterday evening/night I took out the box with stuff for etching PCBs. Half an hour after midnight the PCB was ready except for the drilling (by which time the dog was very impatient, eagerly awaiting his late evening walk, and ready to pee all over my PCB-stuff...)

Today at noon there was a slip in the mail saying that I had a packet at the local post office. Yes, It was the stuff from Geist...

All is well that ends well. Cheers, all!

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"Some questions have no answers."[C Baird] "There comes a point where the spoon-feeding has to stop and the independent thinking has to start." [C Lawson] "There are always ways to disagree, without being disagreeable."[E Weddington] "Words represent concepts. Use the wrong words, communicate the wrong concept." [J Morin] "Persistence only goes so far if you set yourself up for failure." [Kartman]