Question about Parallel USB to Serial/ Converter Cable (PCABUSBX0003) Serial Adapter

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I bought this gigaware usb to serial cable in order to connect to a cutting plotter to cut vinyl for stickers and things. I computer recognizes the cable, but it doesn't see anything connected to the cable. any thoughts?

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Did you load the drivers for the "cutter" it will show up as a printer...

Posted on Mar 25, 2011

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  • mattp222 Mar 26, 2011

    The cutter is a Bridge Pro-720 and I downloaded the drivers for it from the website, I also have a usb to square usb that makes the computer tell me I have an unknown device. I try to install the drivers from the website but my computer tells me that the driver has no information for the device. I have the CorelDRAW program and the Sign tools4 which claims to have the software in order to work the cutter. I have tried everything I know how to do with the exception of getting a comm cable to try. A printer showed up the other day with a name of "sign tools 4". Any ideas?

  • rsgtexas Mar 28, 2011

    try to cut to the sign tools4 printer and see if it starts...or you could have the wrong version of the driver for your version of windows...is the problem that you don't have a serial port???...there are cheap cards that give you a serial port...if a new printer showed up you may have it installed but not sure...the best bet is to try to connect it correctty...with the serial port...and load the drivers...it should show up as a recognizable name...another way it to get a serial print server...a small device that will give your computer an IP address and you can connect it to a network...I just did this with 2 legacy computers when we changed out the users PC for a WIN7 machine...that did not have the ports...

    you also may not have the port setup correctly...see this webpage...
    http://www.asigns.com/signtools/Support/...

  • mattp222 Mar 28, 2011

    So this time I plugged in the serial to serial cord and again found no success. When I go to printers and faxes, and I click on the 'sign tools 4' printer, I have clicked the print a test page but my computer makes a strange noise. Very hard to describe at that. The only sound that may be similar is the sound in a car when the power steering is being strained, but that isn't quite it. my cutter program, sign tools 4 does not give any errors and the 'document' seems to print according to my computer. The computer doesn't make any noises when attempting to cut. I am really tempted to find someone and let them check it out themselves using a remote access program.

  • rsgtexas Mar 28, 2011

    your best bet would be a sign person that know computers or a computer person that know signs...when you load the drivers, you normally have to specify if you are connected to the USB or the serial port...did you read the link I sent you...this is for your exact model with the same software you are using...might help...

  • mattp222 Mar 29, 2011

    Thanks, You have been so much help, but it's still not working, I had visited that link and I have read it many times. I think that the cutter just doesn't function properly or there is something seriously wrong with the 4 computers I've used to get it working with no avail. I am basically giving up on this project for now as nothing has worked at all.

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