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Contact Start/Stop at their website and describe your pedal and ask them. They were very helpful

Posted By: to me. nm on 2006-02-01
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You can buy just the Start/Stop software w/o the pedal if you're able to use your pedal as a VEC
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As far as I am concerned, Start Stop is the Cadillac of pedals. Costs a little more, but worth every penny of it.
Start Stop pedal
You may be on a platform that will not work with Start Stop, such as Dictaphone. Best way to get an answer, however, is to call the company. I have had a Start Stop pedal for 6 years and have always found them to be very helpful and their tech people usually get back to you within a day. Their 800# is (866) 254-0714 or you can go to their web site and E-mail them. http://www.startstop.com/home.asp Good luck.

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I'm having problems getting my Start/Stop pedal for EMDAT to work when it is plugged into the USB hub.  It doesn't seem to recognize it correctly unless it is plugged directly into the computer.  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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I have a stop-start foot pedal and using Express scribe.  When I take my foot off the pedal I would like it to just rewind a little bit instead of constantly having to hit the rewind pedal.  Do anyone know the procedure/technique to get this to work???
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I want to know if anyone knows how to use the Start/Stop foot pedal with EMDAT (Inscribe).  I think I may have an older moderl.  Not sure.  Thanks.
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I have the same problem, probably because I have an older model with no switch on the bottom.
Where to purchase Emdat pedal beside Start/Stop???
Emdat Start/Stop pedal trouble, Help!
I can't get my start/stop pedal to work right with Emdat.  Anyone else have trouble getting their pedal to work right?  It plays a little and then keeps starting over and quits.  Help!
If you use a Start-Stop foot pedal, please SM - I have a problem/question

I use a Start-Stop foot pedal with a PS/2 connector for an Emdat account.  I connect a PS/2 ergonomic keyboard to it, plug into the PC, and everything works beautifully. 

The problem I have is this setup doesn't work using my laptop.  The Start-Stop tech person told me the PS/2 foot pedal used with a USB adapter isn't compatible with the laptop.  He said I need a USB-port Start-Stop foot pedal.  He also said I would need to use the laptop keyboard since an external USB-port keyboard also isn't compatible with the Start-Stop foot pedal when used with a laptop.  (I knew that my old PS/2 keyboard wouldn't work with the laptop and have already bought an MS 4000).

I really looked forward to getting my laptop set up so I could be more portable with my work, but after years of using an ergo keyboard there's just no way I would be productive using the laptop keyboard (not to mention the strain on my shoulders/wrists/hands).

So, here's my question.....Is there really no way to use a Start-Stop 3-pedal unit with USB connector on a laptop and at the same time use an external USB-port keyboard? 

Any help is truly, truly appreciated.

Emdat links to Start-Stop for pedal purchase
Start Stop foot pedal pre-programmed for EMDAT problems

I just got my foot pedal but have no idea how to get it to work with EMDAT Inscribe; much to my dismay a manual was not included with the pedal.  Obviously, even though it was pre-programmed to work with EMDAT, I can't just plug it in and get to work.  UGH!

Can anyone help me here.  I'm a real computer dummy so I need to be walked through the steps as though I were a kid.  BTW, my hot keys are F7 Play, F6 rewind, and F4 RR.


I would contact the bank, stop the auto debits, contact the lender...
Contact the lender, explain that you stopped the payment because of financial difficulty. Ask if they have a hardship plan. You probably have a 20-day grace period on your loan payment, (they report to credit bureaus when 30 days late) and you probably also have a grace period on your insurance. In the meantime within those 20 days of grace, FIND A WAY to make some cash. It seems, at least from my experience, that when you get behind, it is almost impossible to catch up. If you use next month's check to pay last month's bills, you never get out of the hole. I've been in that downward spiral and I understand what you're going through. I've sold things on Ebay, consigned clothing at consignment stores, and worked two jobs just to stay afloat at times. Every little bit helps. It can be done. But don't WAIT, call them today!!
You mentioned the IRS. Try calling the Taxpayer Advocate's Service toll free at 1-877-777-4778. They are independent from the IRS and their function is to help solve IRS problems that cannot be solved through normal channels.

Helpful website

If you are just starting ops, Stedman's Med/Surg Equipment will be very helpful.
Helpful MT website!!

Hi all,

Came across this cool website for medical transcriptionists. Thought I'd share with y'all. Not sure if many of you already know of it. If not, do have a look. Found it very helpful personally.


Email info@usatasp.com and someone will contact you. The website is
I had to buy this for a job but ended up loving it and even used it for a different job (a fairly large national) where they had their own wav player that was clunky and full of bugs and given to locking up. I was able to use the USB pedal I already had, so I didn't have to buy theirs, but they actually send you a CD and a booklet, so I believe you can install it as much as needed.

The feature I like is that you can program a pedal to insert a blank and a time code, which makes reviewing blanks ever so much easier.
start stop
try going to configure and uncheck variable speed it will play but you cant chnge speed

or try associate files with start stop under configure and check them all
For those of you out there who have had a problem with this program skipping while trying to type and have to restart, etc., I have found that if you will load the Start/Stop program before Word, Excel, etc, you should not encounter this problem.
Start/stop and ExText
Is everyone using Dictaphone ExText also using start/stop? 
I use the start-stop program too, and--sm
True Speech files are supposed to be compatible with it. When I get the error message that you speak of, there is usually no file at all associated with the job number. I suspect that is more the problem, than it not being able to be opened at all. There is nothing there to open. That happens sometimes with my docs when they are using a call in system and either get disconnected or hang up. Wherever you got the file from, just tell them there is no file there for that job number.
I have had the same problem with Start-Stop..sm
I used it with my lap top and it would keep playing. At times having to step on the foot pedal several times to make it stop. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to break it at times as I would get frustrated and really give it a good stomp at times LOL. I ordered a USB footpedal from another company and it works great even when I switched to Windows Vista the pedal works fine. I think it was just the pedal from Start Stop. Hope this helps.
Start/Stop Com Port settings
Have you played with the Com port setting under the Configure button? I have had to try mine in all 8 until I found the right one.
Bytescribe versus Start/Stop - which wav player is better? SM

I'm trying to decide which audio player software and pedal to purchase.  I'm also looking at GearPlayer.  I want something user friendly, universal to audio file types, and compatible with whatever service I end up with should I need to have my own software and equipment.

Thanks guys and gals!


I have Start Stop digital voice player--sm
and Spyware Doctor, as well. I have never had any conflicts between the two, and I really do not see why one would interfere with the other. although, I do not leave Spyware Doctor on all the time. I leave it off while I am working, as it did tend to slow things down a bit, but I never had any problems with it. I do run a nightly scan with Spyware Doctor though. I would be careful of other Spyware programs. I have had others that claim to remove spyware from your computer but actually do absolutely nothing. I believe the one I am thinking of is Spyware Eliminator, but I am not sure right off the top of my head. Good luck.
Start n' Stop digital voice player...which is what i use..nm
Start Stop digital player has a time stamp feature..sm...

I'm not sure if it puts it in Word or what it does.  I've never needed it. 

I think a program that would pull header information from Word and add it to a log file might be needed by quite a few MTs.  I don't know if that's feasible since everyone's needs would be different.  A lot of MTs like to keep logs though, myself included.

If I think of anything else I'll be back.

How do you stop the squeak in a foot pedal??

I have the Bytescribe foot pedal. It has started squeaking. Is it safe to spray it (unplugged of course) with a silicone lubricating spray or ??? I use it for my daily work and I do not have a back up so I do not want to use anything that may potentially cause it to stop working.


Why would my foot pedal stop working? sm

My foot pedal I use on DocQScribe just quit working.  I've had it for only 2 years but someone told me it might be too old and just died.  Anyone know? I've tried everything.


Start Stop voice file player and conflicts with Spyware Doctor

I was having problems with StartStop and talked to one of their techs this morning.  One of the bugs it was having was fixed when I turned off Spyware Doctor so I need a new anti-spyware program. 


I’m thinking of trying Spyware Blaster.  I called to see if there were any conflicts with that one but had to leave a message.  In the meantime, does anyone use StartStop voice file player and also use Spyware Doctor without any buggy conflict problems between the two softwares? 

Gearplayer, Cyberplayer, ExpressScribe,Transcription Buddy, Stop/Start questions

When you work for yourself which voice player do you prefer?  I have tried all of the above players and all of them seem to distort the voice when you slow it down.  Why can't these players slow down files like the platforms MTSOs use? 

RE: Using stop -start program, but cnanot get true speech files to play - any one with any ides it w

would greatly appeciate any advice as to why the start stop program will place the vox files but not the true speech even Iafter I told to associat wiht true speech and so on... The time flickers like it wantt to open the file but it never opens....  THe the error comes up file is too smlal to be a valid sound file or missing file"  Actually the start stop will place the Regan Speech sample audio  that is a true speech file so I would think it could play true speech files

It should stop the play when you lift your foot from the pedal. Don't think it keeps playing othe
I always ask if we can start out with my pedal and see if it works, then offer to get a new one if
I hate shoes to start with, but I can't feel the foot pedal
if I have on shoes.  In the summer I'm usually barefoot, in the cooler months I have on socks. 
Is your pedal listed when you go Start/Control Panel and look under game ports?
HOW is it different? Please describe. nm
Describe your workspace!

Big desk, small desk, filing cabinets, books on shelf, books in drawers?


Organizational tips?

What you describe is not unique to MT

I've worked in manufacturing (production control & customer service) for many years and realized that EVERY company, EVERY manager can do a better job at motivating and communicating with their employees. However, many managers do not know what to do or how to. They have their own managerial style and they “apply” that to everyone they supervise. A good manager will figure out each person working for them and determine what novitiates that person. Some like to be praised in public. Others want a private encouraging word. Each person is different and has different expectations. The grass is not always greener on the other side. I’ve learned that too many times in my career! BTW, I am considering enrolling in an MT course and read this board and others for information to help make my decision. This was a topic I just HAD to chime in on because this is true of ALL companies… Wal-Mart, GE, Walgreen’s, Ford, Kroger etc. Looking at the big picture, doesn’t it all boil down to how good are you at relationships and making them work?????

thanks for helping to describe
what I cannot - and Jim is the guy that I talked to, also.  I wanted to jump through the phone and kiss him when I finally found one to replace my old one.  I am so glad someone knows what I am talking about.
The way you describe your situation ...

is just as if you had a crystal ball and were describing mine.  I can't see where it's possible at all any more to make a decent living in this profession without working yourself to a frazzle ... and it's only going to get worse. 

I love this type of work, but I can no longer sit by and make little better than minimum wage chained to this computer for hours on end after having paid my dues with over 20 years of experience. 

There's just got to be a better way ...

Describe your workstation!
Hi, All,

I thought it would be fun to describe workstations. I get extremely bored with work sometimes. At various times in my career I've had different ways to combat this--once my office area (bedroom) looked out on beautiful woods. At another time I had a small TV on my desk which was usually tuned to QVC (usually muted) during work (that was a deadly habit that had to go!). Yesterday I bought a 2-1/2-gallon fish tank and have had fun filling it with gravel, plastic plants, a bridge and two creatures--a male betta fish and a golden apple snail. During the workday it's nice to kind of glance over and see what the critters are up to. The drama currently is that the betta is no too keen on having a snail in his tank, even though the pet store reassured me that he wouldn't mind and that there was enough space for the two of them.

As for the rest of my workstation, I keep it pretty clear of clutter. I have a river stone that has JOY carved on it, purchased at a fair trade shop. I have a few fortunes from fortune cookies promising nice things about money. There's a small black-and-white cat figurine that's supposed to be a creative muse. He looks just like my tuxedo cat, so I liked him right away. To the right is a mug that has the Chinese symbol for "fortune;" I've filled this with highlighters. And there's a card holder (a piece of wood with a carved slit in it) that I place inspirational cards in. Usually before work I'll draw a card and place it there. Sometimes I'll glance over and take a look at it. I figure if my mind picks up some good messages subliminally during the day, it's a good thing!

So...please share! What do you have on your desk? Pictures welcome!
Can you describe the wallpaper ;-) Not for any other reason than...
I'll describe the packaging for you (sm)
These are just little no-frills ear buds (black). The packaging is about the size of a soda can and is primarily yellow and red with black lettering and says "Stereo Ear Buds" on the front. The Maxell brand is listed on the back.
but if the same scenario you describe existed 30 years ago, you would not know because
Unfortunately, the situation you describe is TRUE IC status.

Did you commit to working xx lines per day or accepting xx minutes of dictation each day? If so, it's not the company's problem if your daily routine changes and you have to work hours that are not convenient to you. A true IC gets the work done in a timely manner, no excuses. Your vent is exactly what gives WAH such a bad rap.

Could you share a link? I looked there and didn't see what you describe.
Cumbersome is a good word here to describe Meditech. The designer obviously doesn't type.
This would be just a "regular" 3-pedal pedal and not the Dictaphone pedal. nm
stop and full stop
that reminds me of a doctor who had his own very unique word for period...he called it a "perikat".  All through the report...Perikat... perikat.... LOL
Bringing up ExpressScribe pedal question again. Does anyone have 9-pin Infinity pedal on a USB?