Re: PC's without serial ports
- From: "john melia" <unclejam@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 11 Sep 2007 21:21:15 -0400
there is a company called Adaptec.com that may help you I have a hp4 jet scanner that must 15 years old that still works it has arkenstone in Braille on it. well I bought the adapter to convert the skuzzy card to a serial port and some software it still works I have to use a power hub to get it to work. ----- Original Message ----- From: E.J. Zufelt To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 5:47 AM Subject: Re: PC's without serial ports Cal, Take what I am about to say worth a grain of salt. I used to provide support for notebook computers (same principal would apply to a desktop). Many of our computers lacked a serial port, but people with older PDAs, that only synched through a serial port would try a USB to Serial adapter. The problem with a USB to Serial adapter, in many cases, is that it doesn't actually create a serial controller. Rather, it provides a method for a serial signal to reach the computer through the USB bus. I say that, to say this. a PCMCIA, or PCI serial card probably would work, as I imagine that it would actually have a serial port controller that would be recognized by the computer, as opposed to providing an alternate path for the serial data to reach the computer. HTH, Everett ----- Original Message ----- From: Cal To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 12:18 AM Subject: PC's without serial ports Has anyone had any luck getting the DecExpress to work on a PC without a serial port using a PCI adapter? I tried a serial-USB adapter, but that didn't work and am wondering if I should even bother trying a PCI adapter or just get an older second-hand PC. I love the DecExpress and would prefer to continue using it as my main synth. Thank you.