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Re: Serial USB connection to an old palm
This is a common issue, you might want to try these, in hope 1 of them will work:
- make sure there's no problem in the configurations of the devices and their both connection is to USB.
- there's probably a collision with anther device that is connected to the palm, try doing uninstall to everything, do a hard reset, run " activesync" or " hotsync" and reconnect.
- there's maybe a problem in the drivers, try reinstall them.
- if you are using 3.16 pm, there's probably a collision
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Options for Adding Serial Ports The serial port is prevalent on PC's
as well as scores of industrial, scientific and consumer devices,
making it a convenient starting point for communications.
Since RS-232 itself is only suited to short connections (50
ft. max.) many applications require that it be adapted to
fit requirements. RS-422, typically used for extending RS-232
communications, provides full duplex communications between
two devices. It can also provide one way communications from
one master to several slaves. RS-485 communications standard
allows cable lengths up to 4000 feet. It also provides very
high noise immunity. Multidrop connections up to 32 different
nodes can be made over a single twisted pair cable along with
a signal ground connection.
This article summarizes the choices a
system designer has when adding a serial (RS-232, RS-422,
or RS-485) communications device. There are many different
ways to add additional serial ports to your Desktop PC, Palm,
or Laptop PC. USB, PCMCIA, PCI and ISA are some of the methods
that will be discussed.
The Universal Serial Bus (USB) provides
a high data rate and Hot Swap connection for PCs, providing
an easy connection to a wide variety of multimedia and network
USB devices. Generally considered to be for home or office
use, USB is finding its way into Industrial applications.
PCMCIA Serial Ports are yet another way
to add serial ports to a PC that has PCMCIA Slots available.
Most Laptops today offer only one (if any at all) DB9 type
serial ports. A PCMCIA Serial Card is a good way to add a
serial port (or ports) to any laptop that is low on available
serial ports (RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485).
PCI Cards are becoming more popular as
a way to add serial ports to desktop PC's. PCI type slots
are becoming the "norm" in standard PC's today, and PCI Serial
Cards are an excellent way to add serial ports. The standard
Desktop PC may only come with one serial port standard (if
any serial ports at all). PCI Serial Cards use Software Drivers
to address the ports to the PC.
ISA Cards are yet another way to add
serial ports to the older desktop PC's. ISA type slots are
becoming scarce in standard PC's today, but are still an excellent
way to add serial ports. The ISA Cards are typically addressed
using dip switches and shunts or jumpers to set IRQ's for each
port. No Software Drivers are required with ISA style serial
Palm OS PDA's may be connected to RS-422
or RS-485 data circuits using Palm adapters. These adapters
offer total portability for collecting data and field service
chores. The Palm device and the adapter will usually slip
into a shirt pocket. Some models use the PDA's connecting
cable, some include a cable and some are cradles that allow
the PDA to nest in place and connect directly to the Palm
base socket. PalmTerm Freeware allows you to transmit and
receive data from the Palm serial port.
I believe this plotter has both the old centronics and a 25 pin serial connection. Your laptop MAY have a 7 pin serial connection which you can get a 7 pin to 25 pin serial cable. If your laptop does not have a serial port, you MIGHT find a USB to serial adapter cable.
Make sure you are not on Vista or Win 7 operating systems as they likely do NOT have compatible drivers for this plotter.
In this FAQ list (from PFAFF web) you find 100 times the same question and answer: H402 My new computer does not have any serial COM ports, so how does it communicate with my Pfaff creative 7570?
You will need to obtain a USB Serial Adapter, which adds a serial port to your computer by plugging it into a USB port. Suitable adapters can be obtained from Belkin [http://www.belkin.com] and Keyspan [http://www.keyspan.com]. The following USB Serial Adapters are known to work with the Pfaff creative 7570: • Belkin F5U103 • Keyspan USA-19QW Please note that the Belkin F5U109 is listed as working with the Pfaff creative 2140/2144 (FAQ #H405), but it does not work the Pfaff creative 7570.
I just bought a new laptop and upgraded to V.6. Since I have always used a magic box I didn't know how to attach my bernina 170 directly to the laptop. My bernina dealer said that I would first need a serial to usb adapter since my machine is old enough that it doesn't have a usb port on it. Make sure it doesn't have the screws on the serial part because they will not allow you to attach it to the machine. He also said that I may have to make a new com port as most pc laptops only show 4. I did a search of the computer and found how to make a new com port. A little more fiddleing around with the laptop and cables and restarting both then it somehow recognized that I had made a new com port. Voila. It now works. (I am a Mac person). Hope this helps. margaret
I think it?s a common problem. You?re welcome to try the next options, in hopes of one of them working out:
1. Make sure there is no problem in the settings and that in both computers the connection is set to USB.
2. There may be a clash between this connection and another component that is connected to the Palm. Try uninstalling everything, hard resetting and running Hotsync or Activesync, and reconnecting the units.
3. There might be a problem in the drivers, try reinstalling them.
4. If you are using PM 3.16, there might be a clash.
Few Things that you may do to fix this problem:
1. Is the "Local Serial" checked when you click the hot sync icon in the PC tray?
2. Look for ?hotsyncheck? at palm.com maybe this can help.
hope this will help'
First open the HotSync custom menu, start changing conduits to do nothing. Work your way down the list until you end up with a complete HotSync. If you still have the 6410 error, unplug the USB adapter, replug and try your HotSync again. The USB adapter may be the week link in this equation.