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How to enable com ports

By D.C. ·
New machine running Win98.
Hardware is there, but the com ports do not appear in the System Profile?
How do I enable the com ports? (fyi: for use with external modem)

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by tbradley In reply to How to enable com ports

First, check to see if they are enabled in the System BIOS.

You can get to this from a power on by hitting the F2, or del key when your computer is booting ( look for a line towards the bottom of the screen ).

Under integrated peripherals, or a similarly labeled section, look for com ports, or as sometimes labeled, serial A and Serial B.

Exit and save settings, reboot, and then look in Start-settings-controlpanel-system-device manager, and towards the bottom, look to see if Com1 andCom2 appear. If they are checked with a RED X, under properties, enable in this hardware profile. If marked with a yellow ? , delete them, and re-boot. Windows will automatically re-install them.

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by agiias In reply to How to enable com ports

Control Panel - Add/Remove Hardware doesn't detect and install ports
Control Panel - Device Manager doesn't show ports
Start - Run - Open: sysedit
Check [Ports] section of WIN.INI file.
It should contain listing of avail ports:
COM1=9600,n,8,1,x
COM2=9600,n,8,1,x
COM3=
COM4=
LPT1= etc.
If ports arn't listed - list them
If nothing listed to the right of equals try settings above for available serial ports
Sacvw the file are restart

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by agiias In reply to How to enable com ports

That was Save the file
LPT1 does not = etc., there are probably additional ports listed

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