Serial to USB connecter not functioning
Posted on 2006-03-26
I have an 'unbranded' 9-pin Serial to USB cable connector to use with my GPS devices on my T42 IBM laptop (which has no serial ports). This product used to work fine and at some time over the last 6-9 months, it has stopped working. If it had just stopped working I would have just rolled back but given how long it might have been, I can't really roll back several months.
I think it has something to do with a set of software called datapilot (a cell phone to laptop sync program) that installs some susteen USB to Serial drivers that are used with it's dedicated cable connection to my LG flip phone. I installed this datapilot probably 6 months ago and haven't used the serial software to connect to a GPS since until today. The dedicated datapilot phone connector has a USB connector on the computer end and some kind of funky LG connector on the phone side. I'm assuming this is really a serial connection to the phone because data transfer works incredibly slowly (and of course it loads this susteen serial to usb software driver). There's also a big bulge in the middle of the dedicated cable that isn't a ferrite core or anything like that, probably to house some electronics for conversion.
So now when I connect my 9-pin serial to USB conversion cable (for my GPS) it loads the susteen software and creates a virtual com port but nothing works. None of my GPS software suites or various GPS devices are connecting or even registering a device. I've tried uninstalling the datapilot (susteen) software and then the cable doesn't find any drivers and I get the big yellow exclamation point in the device manager.
So I'm worried this susteen software is for this dedicated LG phone cable connection and is the problem, but don't know where to find the right drivers.
Thoughts? Is this susteen software the issue? Are there other drivers I should be using?
Are there other drivers I should have for this cable? Like I said, it's unbranded but previously worked fine. I don't believe I ever received any drivers when I bought the cable and it just worked when I originally plugged it in. I've been playing with this all day and can't figure it out.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
This is win xp professional, SP2, all up to date.