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WIndows and the serial port

By kevinh ·
I work for a company which requires me to download specific equipment through the serial port. I recently purchased a laptop and went to some lengths to ensure it came with a serial port only to find I am unable to get any of my legacy programs to recognize it's existance. Most of these programs are DOS based programs. I even tried running Virtual PC 2004 from Microsoft but to no avail. Anyone have any ideas?

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New OS or Service Pack OR Serial Port Setup?

by NOW LEFT TR In reply to WIndows and the serial po ...

download specific equipment through the serial port - impossible!!!

Looks to be either the OS or the setup of the port. Serial ports have configurations and are not just plug and play. If you don't know the settigs then you are bumped.

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First step

by JamesRL In reply to WIndows and the serial po ...

Go to the Control Panel, systems properties and open up the device manager(hardware tab).

The device manager will show you at a glance if you have a hardware resource conflict - there will be a red X on the serial/com port icon if there is a conflict or it is disabled. Right click on it to get the properties, and try the troubleshooting routine.


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First step

by kevinh In reply to First step

Unfortunately I checked this as a "first step" and have no conflicts. Device manager says it is working properly. I believe it must a Windows security issue but have no idea how to go about re-enabling the port.

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