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I have a Bernina 170. The dongle to the software is only compatible with a serial port and not a USB, how can I update it?

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There is no update for the machine but you can get a adapter at a computer store.

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More likely the software you have is a corrupt one or is not compatible with windows ME.
However, to be on a safe side, follow the steps :-

 1. Remove the dongle from the USB port.  2. Uninstall the software.  3. Restart the PC.  4. Download the software.
 Make sure that the software is compatible.
 Unless change the CD or download the software from some different website ( In case you are downloading it from a particular website ).
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