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Have a pro 97 scanner and try couple of computes to program it

Have a pro 97 radioshack scanner and try couple of computers windows home ed dell 2400 windows 2000 pro on another dell and in radioshack stores with vista 64 still no luck call radioshack custom services and they told me to goto store wich i did. I spent about 30-40 minutes in the store trying to reslove this. please help

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You need police scanner programming software and a cable before your computer will talk to your scanner.
Do a google or yahoo search for police scanner software. About $25 and a cable from radioshack for about the same. The disk that comes with the cable will only let your computer recognize the cable not program the scanner.
Good luck. Waste of money in my opinion but it may be easier then manual programming the radio.

Posted on Aug 01, 2009

  • JDBgn Aug 03, 2009

    The cable is $35.



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The best way to program any scanner is manually, rather than via software. Those things are fine if you know what you're doing, but it takes the fun out of learning how to use your scanner your way.

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