I have an ION that runs on Windows XP, which will no longer be able to update to 2.8 and above. However I can update my laptop and run the system through there, so I was wondering how I could connect my laptop to use the ION as a programming wing, or if it is possible at all?
The XP Ions can't go to 3.0, but they can still go to 2.9.1.
To connect an Ion to a laptop as a client (to use it like a programming wing) you would have to have the same software version on both the Ion and your laptop.
Just to make sure you are aware, you can arrange with ETC to have a Windows 7 rebuild done on your Ion. It gets a new motherboard, SSD hard drive, and several other nice things. The cost is somewhere between $2400-$2500. You might want to consider giving ETC Tech Services a call (608-831-4116) and talking it over with them. Sadly, the Eos Classic consoles don't qualify for the rebuild, which is my situation.