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Comports not avaible on win 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Old Geaser, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Old Geaser

    Old Geaser Flightless Bird

    I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that are
    ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.

    When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the usb
    to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to have the
    correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have it select
    the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot find any
    comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables with the
    same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty usb slots.

    Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

    Bert
     
  2. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Old Geaser wrote:
    > I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    > have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    > port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that are
    > ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the usb
    > to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to have the
    > correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have it select
    > the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot find any
    > comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables with the
    > same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
    >
    > Bert
    >
    >


    If possible, update your weather station software. It's obviously
    out of date. I miss my floppy drive, too, but I don't cry about
    it, because this is the 21st century.

    -Al-
     
  3. housetrained

    housetrained Flightless Bird

    maybe the weather station has new drivers on it's website, maybe?

    --
    John the West Ham fan

    housetrained@hotmail.com
    <><


    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    > have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    > port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    > are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    > usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    > have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    > it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    > find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    > with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    > usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Bert
    >
     
  4. Trevor

    Trevor Flightless Bird

    Hi

    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    > have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    > port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    > are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    > usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    > have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    > it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    > find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    > with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    > usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Bert


    I use a USB to serial adapter which works fine on W7

    When plugged in it searches windows update installs its
    drivers and gives me a COM 3 port.

    Have a look at
    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/EvaluationKits/USB-Serial.htm

    Regards
     
  5. Rene Lamontagne

    Rene Lamontagne Flightless Bird

    "housetrained" <housetrained@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:4b97a988$0$2606$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    > maybe the weather station has new drivers on it's website, maybe?
    >
    > --
    > John the West Ham fan
    >
    > housetrained@hotmail.com
    > <><
    >
    >
    > "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >> have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >> port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    >> are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >>
    >> When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    >> usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    >> have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    >> it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer
    >> cannot find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both
    >> cables with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in
    >> all empty usb slots.
    >>
    >> Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    >> there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Bert
    >>


    Check your BIOS and make sure that the Com ports are enabled.

    Regards, Rene
     
  6. Seth

    Seth Flightless Bird

    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    >are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    > usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    > have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    > it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    > find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    > with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    > usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    > Thanks



    You have to configure the USB to serial adapters first. Possibly even load
    the driver if that's not happening automatically. Check with the maker of
    the USB adapter for drivers and/or instructions. Once the USB adapter is
    properly emulating a comm port, the weather station software should
    work/configure just as before.
     
  7. Tim Slattery

    Tim Slattery Flightless Bird

    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote:

    >I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that are
    >ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    >When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the usb
    >to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to have the
    >correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have it select
    >the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot find any
    >comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables with the
    >same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty usb slots.


    It's not an OS question, it's a hardware question. Your computer has
    no serial (COM) ports. You have a cable that will plug into a USB port
    and present a serial port at the other end, which you can plug your
    weather station into. Fine, but you pretty surely have to load a
    driver for that port emulator, not just plug the cable in. When you
    bought it, it must have come with a disk of some kind that had the
    driver. You could also go to the web site of the manufacturer and
    download the driver from there. Once that driver is installed, your
    computer will think that it has a COM port, and your weather station
    will be able to find it.

    --
    Tim Slattery
    Slattery_T@bls.gov
    http://members.cox.net/slatteryt
     
  8. Old Geaser

    Old Geaser Flightless Bird

    Thanks to those that offered this old man some advice. I found the problem
    to be the serial cable software was not compatible with win 7. I have
    ordered a cable and software that is compatible with win 7.

    I never can understand why some people reply to inquiries like this with
    sarcastic replies. I guess they like to hear their head rattle, Get a
    life,

    Bert


    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    >are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    > usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    > have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    > it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    > find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    > with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    > usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Bert
    >
     
  9. DanS

    DanS Flightless Bird

    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org:

    > I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp.
    > I have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a
    > sereal port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2
    > cables that are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.


    <SNIP>

    Your PC may actually have serial port on it. The last 3 motherboards I
    bought over the last year, while they didn't have a DB9 on the back panel
    for a serial port, there was a 2x10 header on the MB for it !!!

    All you would need then would be something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200515&cm_re=10
    _pin_db9-_-12-200-515-_-Product

    I had one laying around.

    I understand you have already purchased the USB-(fake)RS232 adapter, so
    the point is moot, but it would be interesting to see if your MB has one.
    You can either take the cover off, or just boot into the BIOS setup and
    look under 'Built-In Peripherals' or whatever your MB would call it.

    For instance......the MSI P55M-GD45 motherboard lists this....

    (http://us.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&prod_no=1890)
    (I just picked this MB of the first page of NewEgg MBs.)

    Back Panel I/O Ports

    - 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
    - 1 x PS/2 Mouse
    - 2 x eSATA ports
    - 1 x IEEE1394 port
    - 10 x USB 2.0 ports
    - 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
    - 1 x 6 in 1 audio jack

    But then there's another category......

    Internal I/O Connectors

    - ATX 24-Pin power connector
    - 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
    - CPU / System x 2 FAN connectors
    - CD-in connector
    - Front panel audio connector
    - Front panel connector
    - 1 x chasis intrusion connector
    - 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
    - 6 x Serial ATAII connectors
    - 1 x ATA133 connector
    - 1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
    - 1 x Power Button
    - 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
    - 1 x SPDIF-out connector
    - 1 x TPM module connector
    - 1 x Serial port connector
    - 1 x Parallel port connector

    Note that it has both a serial *AND* a parallel port internally !!!!!!

    So, to summarize.........while it's true that almost all motherboards
    sold now do not have a serial port connector on the back, it's my guess
    that the majority still have an internal serial port.
     
  10. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    "Rene Lamontagne" <rlamont@shaw.ca> wrote in message
    news:7pOln.17283$mn6.2520@newsfe07.iad...
    >
    >
    > "housetrained" <housetrained@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:4b97a988$0$2606$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
    >> maybe the weather station has new drivers on it's website, maybe?
    >>
    >> --
    >> John the West Ham fan
    >>
    >> housetrained@hotmail.com
    >> <><
    >>
    >>
    >> "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    >> news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>> I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >>> have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a
    >>> sereal port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2
    >>> cables that are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >>>
    >>> When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    >>> usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    >>> have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or
    >>> have it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer
    >>> cannot find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried
    >>> both cables with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable
    >>> in all empty usb slots.
    >>>
    >>> Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    >>> there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    >>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>> Bert
    >>>

    >
    > Check your BIOS and make sure that the Com ports are enabled.
    >
    > Regards, Rene
    >
    >

    Good point, while there also check to make sure each one is assigned the
    correct address. It's possible they got mixed up.
    Dave
     
  11. Dave

    Dave Flightless Bird

    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8odo$dbc$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Thanks to those that offered this old man some advice. I found the
    > problem to be the serial cable software was not compatible with win 7. I
    > have ordered a cable and software that is compatible with win 7.
    >
    > I never can understand why some people reply to inquiries like this with
    > sarcastic replies. I guess they like to hear their head rattle, Get a
    > life,
    >
    > Bert
    >

    If you haven't already purchased or installed the converter and your mobo
    has a PCI slot, you might consider a PCI serial adapter card. Cost will be
    the same, maybe even cheaper and a lot faster. I was using an adapter to do
    a EEPROM flash which took appx 15 minutes, then switched to a card and the
    time dropped to appx 1 minute.
    Dave
     
  12. DanS

    DanS Flightless Bird

    "Dave" <davidj92@wowway.com> wrote in
    news:BvqdnbVVtoN1bQrWnZ2dnUVZ_s6dnZ2d@sigecom.net:

    >
    >
    > "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:hn8odo$dbc$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Thanks to those that offered this old man some advice. I found the
    >> problem to be the serial cable software was not compatible with win
    >> 7. I have ordered a cable and software that is compatible with win
    >> 7.
    >>
    >> I never can understand why some people reply to inquiries like this
    >> with
    >> sarcastic replies. I guess they like to hear their head rattle, Get
    >> a life,
    >>
    >> Bert
    >>

    > If you haven't already purchased or installed the converter and your
    > mobo has a PCI slot, you might consider a PCI serial adapter card.
    > Cost will be the same, maybe even cheaper and a lot faster. I was
    > using an adapter to do a EEPROM flash which took appx 15 minutes, then
    > switched to a card and the time dropped to appx 1 minute.
    > Dave


    For work we had purchased serial cards....from NewEgg they were like $14
    each.

    Just about all serial devices will work with a 'real' serial port, all
    the time.

    Some may not with a USB/Serial converter. I use an IDE/Compiler for
    embedded devices that flashes the program on the embedded devices using
    serial. The program actually has an option box to check if you are using
    a USB-Serial adapter.....obviously, *something* is different.
     
  13. Nil

    Nil Flightless Bird

    On 10 Mar 2010, "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in
    alt.windows7.general:

    > Thanks to those that offered this old man some advice. I found
    > the problem to be the serial cable software was not compatible
    > with win 7. I have ordered a cable and software that is
    > compatible with win 7.


    Good luck with that. You might find that your software will only work
    with a real serial port... but who knows, you may get lucky. Windows 7
    DOES support the serial port, so you may be able to buy an add-on card.
    Make sure IT is supported by Windows 7, though.

    If you have important software that you must run, you need to be very
    wary about changing the operating system that it runs on. Many things
    aren't forward compatible and old technology gets left behind. Due
    diligence is called for. Do you homework. Don't assume anything.
     
  14. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:29:11 -0800, Old Geaser wrote:

    > Thanks to those that offered this old man some advice. I found the problem
    > to be the serial cable software was not compatible with win 7. I have
    > ordered a cable and software that is compatible with win 7.
    >
    > I never can understand why some people reply to inquiries like this with
    > sarcastic replies. I guess they like to hear their head rattle, Get a
    > life,
    >


    Well, I initially didn't notice any sarcastic replies, so I reread the
    thread.

    OK, one guy got snide after giving you a correct answer. You got honest, if
    not always correct, advice in every reply. This is a much better batting
    average than one normally sees here...

    I wonder whether you are being a bit too sensitive.

    > Bert
    >
    >
    > "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    > news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >>I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >>have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >>port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    >>are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >>
    >> When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    >> usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    >> have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    >> it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    >> find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    >> with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    >> usb slots.
    >>
    >> Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    >> there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Bert
    >>



    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  15. Old Geaser

    Old Geaser Flightless Bird

    Thanks again for the suggestions. I bought a usb RS-232 serial adapter DB9
    male that is win compatible. It is coming from Usbgear in Florida. Cost was
    $18.09 plus postage. Hope it works. Thanks again

    Bert



    "Old Geaser" <old.geaser1@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:hn8986$gmh$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >I recently bought a computer with win 7. My other computer has win xp. I
    >have a weather station that can be viewed on the computer, using a sereal
    >port. The new computer does not have a serial port. I have 2 cables that
    >are ubs to serial. Both cables work on the xp computer.
    >
    > When I installed the weather station on the new computer, I attached the
    > usb to serial cable. When setting up the weather station, you have to
    > have the correct comport. You can either check a comport by hand, or have
    > it select the correct one. There is 18 to select from. The computer cannot
    > find any comports, It says, no comports availed. I have tried both cables
    > with the same results. I have tried installing the usb cable in all empty
    > usb slots.
    >
    > Being new to win 7, I am wondering if the comports are not activated, Is
    > there a way to activate the comports? Any help will be appreciated.
    > Thanks
    >
    > Bert
    >
     

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