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[aprssig] Tomtom's For APRS (Question)

Andrew P. andrewemt at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 2 13:08:55 UTC 2012

You were right, Sander. I tried my D72 on a different Windows XP system and got the "Installing new hardware" dialogs. But it was plug-and-play on old Linux (other than the annoying feature of reordering the device names of multiple USB-serial ports on every reboot).

Now, how to write software to auto-discover which device name my D72 showed up on _this_ reboot......

Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO
------Original Message------
From: Sander Pool
To: aprssig at tapr.org
Sent: Apr 1, 2012 11:20 PM
Subject: Re: [aprssig] Tomtom's For APRS (Question)

  If you did not need to install a driver that simply means you already 
had a driver for the USB device installed. Silicon Laboratories must 
have provided the serial to USB adapter for some other device you 
already own. The installer is more than 8MB which is think is rather 
huge. I made no statement about overengineering of the D72. I was 
talking about the serial adapter driver.

Great news that you had a Linux driver too. If it could be ported to ARM 
then it may work on the Raspberry PI which would validate my earlier 
statement that these cheap Linux SOC based controllers may well take 
over from smaller AVR and PIC based micro controllers.


     Sander W1SOP

On 4/1/2012 11:09 PM, Andrew P. wrote:
> The D72 itself can't be too overengineered. A moderately old distro of Linux (Fedora 13) and standard Windows XP can both easily access the D72 from multiple standard and custom applications (it's one of the TNCs with which I test my YAAC APRS client), but I've never installed any "standard" installer for it..
> So how hard can it be?
> Andrew Pavlin, KA2DDO

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