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[aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?

Greg D. ko6th_greg at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 2 06:31:27 UTC 2009


Hi Dave,

Well, that does sound like it might be the problem (though I'd expect that if the BIOS calls don't work for receive, they shouldn't work for transmit either, and I DO see characters being sent to the radio.)

I tried the Link700 software under Wine.  It installed fine, and looks like a good alternative to Kenwood's software.  But I can't configure it; neither the File->Preferences nor F2 do anything, so I can't configure the serial port.  Is the configuration file something that I can fake out with a simple text file, or is it more complicated than that?  I wonder if I install and configure it under Windows, and copy the config file...?

Thanks for the suggestion,

Greg  KO6TH


> Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 09:59:43 +0100
> From: dave at uk-ar.co.uk
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Subject: Re: [aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?
> 
> I suspect some of the older Kenwood D7 PC utility code, tries to use
> BIOS call's for serial ports, as they don't always work OK on WinNT
> based systems.   Try Link700, that run's fine on XP and the like, so
> *May* do the right thing if you can present a vritual com port for it to
> play with.  It will also work with all versions (AFIK) of D7, and also
> the D700, so you can transfer settings from rig to rig just fine.  It
> also handles a wider range of COM ports too.
> 
> Never used Wine, rarely use Linux.  The times I have done for a specific
> purpose, though usualy successful, has been fraught with hassles, mostly
> relating to out of date instructions and conflicting information.
> Seems to be "just the way it is" with "open source" stuff, not just
> Linux based...
> 
> Cheers.
> 
> Dave G0WBX.
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: James Jolin [mailto:jjolin at itol.com] 
> > Sent: 29 May 2009 19:41
> > To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
> > Subject: Re: [aprssig] Kenwood D7 software on Linux?
> > 
> > Greg D. wrote:
> > > Hi folks,
> > >
> > > Has anyone succeeded in running the Kenwood radio software 
> > (MD7G110) 
> > > under Linux under Wine (Crossover Office)?  I'm running 
> > OpenSuSE 11.1, 
> > > KDE 3.5, etc.  The GUI comes up fine, but I can't access the radio.
> > > The serial port is a "real" one (not via USB), and I can 
> > talk to the 
> > > TNC in the Kenwood via Kermit, so I know the serial port is working.
> > >
> > > I went into the Crossover "bottle" and created a symbolic link from
> > > com2 to /dev/ttyS4, but that didn't help.
> > >
> > > Anything else I can try?
> > >
> > > Greg  KO6TH
> > >
> > > Greg,
> > Unless I am missing something, isn't ttyS4 com 3?...I know 
> > ttyS0 is com 1.  I haven't run the Kenwood stuff under Wine 
> > yet.  Did try  it on VirtualBox but ran in to some problems 
> > with the serial port setup.
> > Jim WA9ARB
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> 
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