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How to use the Mindwave Reader 512 – Version 2.0

First thing setup and connect your mindwave, for tips see:

Note, the NeuroSky Mindwave (Not Mindwave Mobile) only works with Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Test out your connection with another program to make sure it is properly connected and working correctly.

Then download and install the Mindwave Reader 512 installation file:

Note, this programs installs under “dcheath” folder and name of the program in windows is: “ThinkGearInterfaceTest”

Click to start, and this is what you will see:


Make sure the “Com Port Number” is correct, it should be the same number as the “Starting Port” in your “Thinkgear Connector Preference” program.

Then click on Connect and wait for it to connect. Once it connects the three zeros become numbers. Note if the first zero turns into numbers, but the 2nd and 3rd zero stays as zero, just give it a bit for time to “warm up”. Once it is well connected, you can click on “Save to File”. (If you want to restart “Save to File” that’s fine, it will just restart saving to file.)

Then wait a couple of minutes, and click on “Stop saving to file”.  Your windows Notepad will pop up and after 1 or 2 seconds the data will show up in the notepad.

The Mindwave Reader 512 will automatically save the file to:


Note, since the notepad is open, you have the option of saving the file under a different name in a different location.

To find the original mindwave512.csv file, go to your file explorer (or your Computer icon) and click on “Libraries” or “Documents” or “MyDocuments” and then click on “Mindwave” and you’ll see windwave512.csv

Usually when I use the Mindwave Reader512, once it is connected, I’ll read, or play concentration, or relax or whatever, then I’ll click on the “Save to File” and keep doing whatever I was originally doing for another 8 to 15 minutes and then click on “Stop saving to file”. Once I’ve saved the file under a new name, I’ll import it into the “Brainwave Analyzer” to see just what my brainwaves have been up to.

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