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[aprssig] USB-Serial

Ben Lindner vk5jfk at activ8.net.au
Tue Dec 2 22:02:50 UTC 2008

There is a fix for this issue and I think its on Stephen Smith's web 
site, cant remember his call but I'm sure you will see his name on this 


Kevin Sherwood wrote:
> One thing I've noticed with using USB-serial adapters and NMEA data 
> streams is if data is coming across as Windows detects the hardware, 
> it often confuses it for a serial mouse, causing all kinds of issues 
> as the pointer jumps everywhere and clicks at random.  Making sure 
> Windows recognizes the USB-Serial adapter before plugging it in to the 
> device seems to be the only way to avoid this.
> Kevin KB3PLX
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> From: Dave at emv.co.uk
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 13:11:33 +0000
> Subject: [aprssig] OT RE: usb-serial
> I have often used USB<>RS232 adapters with TNC's Radios, other
> industrial stuff, dialup modems, Serial to Fibre adapters (self powered)
> all with no problems.
> The "Secret" such as it maybe, is to ensure you have the correct USB
> device drivers on your system before you offer it the hardware.   Vista
> is no different to XP/2000 in that respect, other than not as many
> device makers have Vista compatable drivers available, as they do for
> XP, though things are improving as time goes buy.  Check your adapter
> makers website, if they have one...
> If your adapter is using a known chipset (as many do) and you can
> identify it from either the packing notes, old drivers, or what the
> system discovers about it when you connect it, you could try looking on
> the chip makers websites for drivers.  FTDI and Prolific are two that
> provide good drivers for all their "generic" products, and will often
> work OK with other brand devices that use their chips.
> Vista is a pain for other reasons, but USB<>RS232 devices shouldnt be
> one of them.
> MS in all honesty do not want you to have to buy anything new to use
> Vista, why would they? As that would discourage people from "upgrading"
> (Their phrase).   Vista does need you to have Vista compatable drivers
> though, most XP ones will not work, if they load (some do though..) But
> that is down to the device makers, not Microsoft. 
> XP is not Vista, Vista is not XP, they are chalk and chese in effect.
> Much to everyone's anoyance...
> (XP is very similar to W2000 though)
> 73.
> Dave G0WBX
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