[aprssig] Winbook TW101 unfriendly for APRS

KF4LVZ aprssigZbr6 at acarver.net
Thu Sep 22 21:57:18 CDT 2016

On 2016-09-22 19:20, spam8mybrain wrote:
> Greetings, all.
> I just have had an unpleasant round of attempting to configure a TW101 tablet 
> for mobile/portable APRS.
> Alas, this nice new cheap machine is cursed with pre-installed Microsoft Windows 
> 10. This makes life difficult because many of the USB-to-RS232 adapters out 
> there use the Prolific chipset. Since Windows 10 always (and without the consent 
> of the user) automatically updates drivers to the latest version when you plug a 
> device in, that guarantees that any but the latest version of Prolific devices 
> will horribly fail to install. Furthermore, even if you don't have an old or 
> counterfeit device, it still won't work until you have an Internet connection 
> (presumably to check and update driver versions) when you plug a new device in 
> (and plugging it into a different USB hub port makes it a new device).
> So the TW101 is not really suitable for field operation without an Internet 
> backhaul, unless all of your peripheral hardware is new and all of it is plugged 
> in prior to taking the machine away from the Internet.
> Drat.
> I wonder if I can boot Linux onto that tablet.....
> Andrew, KA2DDO

I assume you've already done the search to find out this is a solved

"windows 10 do not auto update drivers" in Google pulls up plenty of
pages that show you exactly how to stop it.

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