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MrHobbes Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto A-Flex Series 60
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: System One w/Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 5.5
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Post: #1
So much software, so little time...
I'm new to the wonderful world of CPAP. Not very new to nitely obstructive apnea. Since I've been using the CPAP I have to admit that I, more often than not, wake up refreshed and do much better during the day. Not tiring (and nodding off) as in the past.

I would like to keep tabs on the data being collected by the CPAP, but am concerned about losing any of it due to the many warnings I've encountered about how easily the SD card can be corrupted. First, of the many software packages out there, which would be my best choice? Next, my laptop (Windows 8.1) has a built in SD reader. However, I don't know if just downloading the contents is all the reader will do. Some of the cautions are that some operating systems will, like it or not, write to the SD card causing data loss. Should I really be concerned about that?

Oh, any words of wisdom regarding reliable sources for mask and headgear components?

I'm looking forward to browsing thru the forum to pick up as much info and tips as I can put to good use. Thanx for any advice!
10-14-2014 06:32 PM
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Joined: Jan 2014

Machine: Phillips Respironics System One PRS1 DS760P Auto BiPAP
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: ResMed Airfit P10 Nasal Pillow
Humidifier: System One Heated Humidifier + Climate Line
CPAP Pressure: E/I 13/20 PS 4/7 BiFlex 3
CPAP Software: SleepyHead EncoreBasic

Other Comments: Sleep can be a good thing.

Sex: Male
Location: USA

Post: #2
RE: So much software, so little time...
Sleepyhead works wonders. Always lock the SD Card when you put it in a computer for added safety and assurance.

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10-14-2014 07:33 PM
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PaulaO2 Offline
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Joined: Feb 2012

Machine: S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: F&P Simplus
Humidifier: H5i
CPAP Pressure: 14-20
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

Other Comments: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Hypermobility Type; chronic sarcasm

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Location: western NC, USA

Post: #3
RE: So much software, so little time...
If you are downloading it into a software program, then you aren't losing it. The program is saving it.

You can prevent any corruption by locking the card. There's a sliding "lock" on the side of every card. Just lock it prior to putting it into the reader then unlock it before putting it back into your machine.

One thing in your favor is you have a Phillips-Respironics machine so you can wait longer between downloads. Resmed machines must be downloaded every 7 days or less, else you lose data (they only keep 7 days worth, dumping day 8).

For your machine, your best bet is SleepyHead. There is also EncoreBasic. You can run both at the same time for a while then decide which one you like. I did that with SH and ResScan. I like SH much better. (software is found here)

Masks are so very personal as each of us are different. Check out our Reviews Forum for Masks. And the Review Forum for other stuff.

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10-14-2014 07:36 PM
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Machine: ResMed S9 Autoset
Mask Type: Nasal pillows
Mask Make & Model: Resmed Airfit P10
Humidifier: ResMed
CPAP Pressure: 10.6/14, EPR 3
CPAP Software: ResScan SleepyHead

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Post: #4
RE: So much software, so little time...
When you poke your SDCard into your Windows 8.1 computer it will write a couple of files onto it. It doesn't corrupt it, it just thinks it needs to write a couple of files on it. Unless you slide the "lock" tab so that it can't do that, that is. Resmed machines get really fussy about Windows writing stuff on their card, so when you put it back in the Resmed machine, it won't accept it unless you allow it to format it first. I have not heard of that problem regarding any other brand, including yours.

But even if the card gets goofied up, it's not the end of the world. The important stuff, like how long you used the machine for insurance purposes last night, is still in the machine.
10-14-2014 07:51 PM
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trish6hundred Offline

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Machine: Resmed S9 AutoSet for Her
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Fisher & Paykel Simplus
Humidifier: H5i Heated Humidifier
CPAP Pressure: 10 - 7-20 Cm H2O
CPAP Software: Not using software

Other Comments: I started CPAP in 2008. Totally blind since birth.

Sex: Female
Location: Missouri, USA

Post: #5
RE: So much software, so little time...
Hi MrHobbes,
WELCOME! to the forum.!
It's great to hear that you have noticed improvements as you use your
mask & machine.
Hang in there for more responses to your post and best of luck to you with your CPAP therapy.

trish6hundred
10-14-2014 09:19 PM
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MrHobbes Offline

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Machine: REMstar Auto A-Flex Series 60
Mask Type: Full face mask
Mask Make & Model: Mirage Quattro
Humidifier: System One w/Heated Hose
CPAP Pressure: 5.5
CPAP Software: SleepyHead

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Sex: Male
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Post: #6
RE: So much software, so little time...
Thanx for the quick feedback! Good comments I'll take into consideration as I move forward. I do kinda like the 1 comment to run Sleeyhead and Encore side by side. It'll help accentuate the good/bad points of each.
10-15-2014 04:12 PM
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