Casualty of XP

From: Rod 
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A friend of mine has some Motorola software used to program their radios  
and it needs to have a serial port.
Apparently it needs to run on a dos based OS or up to xp. And earlier  
versions of windows don't do USB to serial adapters well, apparently.
So we have to find an old laptop with true serial which I may have in the  
bone yard.

Any other work a rounds?
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=============================================================== From: Wil Wade ------------------------------------------------------ First guess... http://www.dosbox.com/ http://www.f15ijp.com/2013/04/dosbox-using-a-serialport/ http://www.dosemu.org/ ? http://www.freedos.org/ ? http://www.reactos.org/ ? And that is just a start... Don't worry, OSS has you covered.

=============================================================== From: Phil Sieg ------------------------------------------------------ XP MODE on windows 7. Read up on it. Requires an additional install from microsoft that is free. *most* stuff seems to work ok with it. Phil Sieg President SeniorTech LLC / snapfōn® www.snapfon.com phil.sieg@seniortechllc.com Phone: 423.535.9968 Fax: 423.265.9820 Mobile: 423.331.0725 "The computer is the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ Maybe DOSbox? " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA

=============================================================== From: Dean Warren ------------------------------------------------------ The biggest problem tends to be slowing down port speeds to serial port baud rates. The radio won't see the communication via serial/usb.

=============================================================== From: Dean Warren ------------------------------------------------------ The biggest problem tends to be slowing down port speeds to serial port baud rates. The radio won't see the communication via serial/usb.

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ I was thinking freedos in virtualbox. I don't know what VM he uses. The trick would be getting it to see the usb/serial dongle

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ Know any serious USB/serial kungfu?

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ @dean that seems to be the thicket. Better upgrade your bios while your = at = it! :) @ Alex I keep forgetting about Dosbox. Freedos seems to stick in my head= . @alex again BTW if I get that HTX-100 You want when I get that other rad= io? On Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:33:56 -0400, Dean Warren wrote= : t = = ns = as = = Satie, = r = . n = = =

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ I wouldn't be able to pay for it for a while, that's my only concern. " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA o? d all s

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ I understand, I can't justify a baefeng right now. On Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:23:14 -0400, Alex Smith (K4RNT) = wrote: d, = = =99re all = G = ur = = b. om = oting = SA = = = g = s =

=============================================================== From: John Alcock ------------------------------------------------------ I use freedos to program my moto radios. Old Laptop with a real Serial Port. I have also done this. I use virtualbox running freedos under windows 7. Since virtual-box virtualized the serial, I was able to use a USB to Serial adapter on the host and as far as dosbox is concerned, it is a hard serial port. John

=============================================================== From: DaWorm ------------------------------------------------------ I use a lot of usb serial adapters at work and their performance varies wildly. Some older devices depend heavily on data timing. For instance some devices consider a period with no characters the end of a message. Some usb adapters (or probably the drivers written for them) will break up a serial data stream into short bursts with gaps that totally mess up devices looking for a constant stream of data. So just because you can't get something to work with one adapter, don't give up, try another brand using a different chipset and it may work. Also if your laptop has it, I've had good luck with ExpressCard adapters. Internally they seem to use USB but the drivers seem to be better. Jeff

=============================================================== From: "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" ------------------------------------------------------ My best luck has been with EdgePorts. You can easily obtain them on eBay. " ' With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.' Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie as wisdom and warning... The first time any man's freedom is trodden on we=E2=80=99re all damaged." - Jean-Luc Picard, quoting Judge Aaron Satie, Star Trek: TNG episode "The Drumhead" - Alex Smith - Dulles Technology Corridor (Chantilly/Ashburn/Dulles), Virginia USA p . rd s

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Expresscard directly accesses the PCI-e bus