Old Dell Omniplex pci communication serial port needs driver
I have an embroidery machine that I want to connect to an older Dell omnilex i70 (I think that's the series). It has 2 serial ports in the rear. One is designated for the monitor and the other is not. The connection for the embroidery/sewing machine is with a double serial port cable that came with the Singer. One end is connected directly to the computer (the spare port in the back) and the other end connects to a convertor box. The embroidery/sewing machine connects directly from the serial port to a USB in the rear of the machine.
My problem is that when I connect the serial cable into the open port in the rear of the machine, it gives me a yellow exclamation mark when I view the Device Manager. When I try to fix it, it wants the driver.
I went on the Dell site to see if I could find the PCI communications driver for this port, but the machine is beyond the warranty period and it won't help me.
This machine is using XP OS and everything else is working properly-including the USB/Serial cable from the embroidery machine to the computer.
Oh, this machine is NOT connected to the internet and never will be so I need to download the driver to a flash drive then to the computer.
Can you tell me where I can find the driver for this?
And when I do, and download to the flash drive, where do I put it in the system files so that the Device Manager can find it to reinstall?
Thank you in advance for any assistance.
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The PCI communications is for your Dial-up modem. It is probably set to use the only serial port that you mention. The other port is your VGA port.
You can remove or disable the modem to free up your serial port. Since you do not use the modem to dial up to the Internet, You can physically remove it from the PC. Restart your PC and the port will be freed up for your sewing appliance.
When you remove the modem make sure that the power is off.
If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it. Thanks, Joe
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Go to the Dell support website http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/ Put in your service tag # (it is usually located on a little barcode sticker on the back of your machine). It does not matter if your machine is out of warranty or not. This is one of the reasons I like DELL. DELL has drivers for their machines that go back 10 years or more. I have never had a problem getting them from the website. When you see the downloads that you need download the ones that say driver. You may have to download the chipset driver also. When you do download the drivers and it asks you for the filename to save it as I find that it helps to add a name to the dell #'s to describe the driver so that it looks something like R264710video. Once you download them and transfer them to your computer they should install themself in the correct location (you just have to double-click on the .exe file and answer the prompts (if any)). Let us know if this helps.
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Hi, I haven't got a Dell but try this site for the USB driver that is missing. With XP there is no support for USB2, an updated driver is required. Did you download the drivers from Dell? If not, that could be why as they may be old drivers.
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I *think* what the problem might be is that the COM port's not been set in Customizer. Within either of the Easy/Customizer apps, go to ScanCard>Communication Settings ... you'll open up a dialog box within which you can set which COM port your cable's going to use.
If you're compie savvy, you can go to the Windows Start button on Task bar>Control Panel>System>Device Manager>COM ports and SEE which COM port your cable's using.
But until your software knows what COM port your cable's using it will NOT recognize that you have one installed.
Please let me know if this doesn't help! Or if there's anything I can help with!! :)
If your using Windows Vista, you have to have the multi user account in the off postioin. Also if you had 3D embroidery software and you upgraded to 4D software you have to be sure to uninstall the 32 bit drivers from the 3d for the 4d to work properly.
You do have to install the communication software that came with the diamond also. It won't communicate through the 3d or 4d only.
If your computer is from dell all support services are complete . omniplex gx60 is not found. only the optiplex gx60. try find your service tag then input it here. http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen this is the exact way of finding driver. Optiplex gx60 is there u can select the model option.