Force device into download mode...

I've been battling this for a few days now and I stumbled upon this post that is very similar to what I'm trying to accomplish.  It uses the exact output also, the xdld command to put the device in download mode.  I don't need this process automated however, and I don't want it to do it on startup.  I just cant seem to get the code right for opening com1 and sending it the right xdld command.  I'm using visual basic 2003 and I know it should be just a few lines, but I'm a novice in this area.  Any help in this area is much appreciated, again... all I need to do is open com1, utilize the XDLD command and then I have a separate batch file that will download the file once it is in that mode.  Thanks for any help!
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Richie_SimonettiIT OperationsCommented:
Hi, unfortunatelly, i have no clue regarding VB.net.
You see, i am in the Old and Good School of VB6.
Sorry.
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jasgiv1122Author Commented:
Was the post I referenced in vb6?  I may have misjudged what language it was - Any help is appreciated... Does anyone know if it's possible to do it in .Net?
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PaulHewsCommented:
jasgiv1122,

If you post the code that you have tried, it might help us help you.
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jasgiv1122Author Commented:
This is what I used, but I get an application error when I run it.
Module Module1
 
 
 
    Sub Main()
 
        'New a MSComm control
 
        Dim MSComm1 As MSComm
 
        MSComm1 = New MSComm
 
        ' Buffer to hold input string.
 
        Dim Buffer As String
 
        ' Use the COM1 serial port.
 
        MSComm1.CommPort = 1
 
        ' 9600 baud, no parity, 8 data, and 1 stop bit.
 
        MSComm1.Settings = "9600,N,8,1"
 
        ' Tell the control to read the whole buffer when Input is used.
 
        MSComm1.InputLen = 0
 
        ' Open the serial port.
 
        MSComm1.PortOpen = True
 
        Console.WriteLine("Open the serial port.")
 
        ' Tell the control to make the Input property return text data.
 
        MSComm1.InputMode() = InputModeConstants.comInputModeText
 
        'Clear the receive buffer.
 
        MSComm1.InBufferCount() = 0
 
        ' Send the attention command to the modem.
 
        MSComm1.Output = "xdld"
 
 
        Do
 
            Buffer = Buffer & MSComm1.Input
 
        Loop Until InStr(Buffer, "OK" & vbCrLf)
 
 
    End Sub
 
 
 
End Module

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PaulHewsCommented:
Well, that looks a lot like VB6 code.  If you're getting an application error it's probably because the MSCOMM32.OCX is not available for use like this.

Try a .NET solution for comm communications:
http://www.codeworks.it/net/VBNetRs232.htm

That sample project should allow you to experiement sending the right download code to your device.
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jasgiv1122Author Commented:
Thanks for that valuable piece of information! The next wall I've run in to, is that I'm trying to call a batch file after the port is open and the command has been sent - this has to be within the same application, right?  When I just run the batch file by itself after trying to send the command, it seems to just think the port is closed or in use.  
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PaulHewsCommented:
I was wondering about that... Unless you close the port from the application, your batch file won't work.  I'm guessing the batch file does a redirect of a file to COM1: or something similar.
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PaulHewsCommented:
To clarify, you need to try opening the port, sending the command and closing the port, then running the batch file.
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jasgiv1122Author Commented:
Ok, after weeks of waiting for a response from the manufacturer, I have it.  I have the command I'm supposed to use, but I'm stuck on getting anything to communicate to it.

REQ: <STX>XDLD<FS>FileName<FS>DownloadType<FS>[ForceRestart]<ETX>{LRC}
RSP: <STX>XDLD<FS>RetVal<FS>RetValString<ETX>{LRC}
where:
FileName = name of file to be downloaded
DownloadType =
'P' = PARTIAL download (contents of file system are NOT erased)
'F' = FULL download (contents of file system are erased)
ForceRestart = 1 = Force restart the application
2 = Force restart the Device
RetVal = 0 - Unsuccessful operation
1 - Successful operation
RetValString - contains a text description of the result.

Is there anyway you can guide me through setting this up in Visual Studio 2003?  I tried inputting this into apps, but it doesn't communicate.

Hopefully you can offer any kind of solution!  Thanks

It would be better if I could just have this all happen in a console application and open my port, then send the command, then possibly prompt the batch file I have that sends the file...  I've invested hours upon hours with trial and error, and nothing to show for it :/
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jasgiv1122Author Commented:
any help is appreciated!
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