GPSmap 176 not communicating with laptop via serial/USB adaptor
Hello Team, GPS communicates via supplied 4 pin/ serial cable in old model laptop. New laptop only has USB ports. Bought a serial-to-USB adaptor cable however am unable to get communication. When I plug the USB in I get the sound signal that a device is connected. If I try to upload/ download waypoints an error tells me there is no communication. Hoping you can help.
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You can solve this problem by purchasing a PS/2 to USB adaptor which you should be able to find for $1 at most tech shops, however it is advised to purchase a new USB Mouse as they function much better with these new computers than the old PS/2 mice.
control panel administrive tools computer management device manager scroll to ports(COM&LPT) + to expand you should see a communication port and Ecp printer port you might see a yellow?question mark this will mean you need to install a new driver for this device right click you will have options to update driver,disable,uninstall or select properties again you will have the similiar options plus you can troubleshoot hope this helps
If I remember, most of the 9 pin dot matrix printers used either a 25 pin serial, or a centronix cable which terminated into a 25 pin for the PC side. They do make a USB to Centronix cable. I cannot guarantee it will work if your trying to use anything other than a PCL language for your print jobs.
1.i gained info about the mains supply data (9 volts 2 a, minus pole in the center pole of the plug) which is a quite exotic supply in comparison to standard devices with 12 volts an plus pole in the center pole ... the fa 66 didn't work , when connected by 4 to 4 or 4 to 6 firewire cable . my laptop only has a small 4 pole socket. therefore i suppose that through this 4-pole socket and cable there was no current lead through.
after additionally connecting the fa-66 with mains supply AND 4 to 6 (fa 66 side) cable ... it finally worked. the manufacturer should print all relevant data directly to the fa 66 device near by the socket und also print "FA-66" onto the supply ... because i own lots of alike-looking supplys and it's a drag to find out which ist good for what... ;-)
I have spent hours trying to figure out how this damn thing works since the instructions require the user to have way more computing skill than I. First, the thing comes apart, one part being the interface and additional power supply and the other being the power supply that may connect to the Coolmax or your HD power supply if not operational through the Coolmax. If your old HD is larger than 3.5", you may have to connect the power plug to the HD 4 pin power source. otherwise, connect old HD to the Coolmax CD 350 adapter and then connect the Support USB2.0 to a USB interface on your new computer. If your old HD is a 2.5 SATA , do not connect the red power plug to a USB2 interface on your new computer unless you are positive the old HD operates over 5V. Connecting the red USB power source to your new computers USB2 interface may cause the old HD to shoot sparks and smoke, and you will not need the device any more.