Solved

Old hardware on a new mac

Posted on 2011-09-21
4
655 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a Roland CAMM 1 CX-24 Cutter witha parallel port and a 25 pin serial port.  I am trying to connect it to my new os X lion computer.  I have a parallel to usb cable and use it to connect the roland vynal machine to the old G5 mac and it works fine. When I connect it to the new imac it is not detected.   Any ideas?  I am using the flexi sign 8.5 software.  

0
Comment
Question by:ForLoop5
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
4 Comments
 
LVL 53

Accepted Solution

by:
strung earned 500 total points
ID: 36576222
Your USB to serial port adaptor almost certainly needs drivers. Check the web site of the manufacturer of the USB to Serial Port Adapter. Is it a Belkin or Kensington? They were the most popular brands.

If it is old, you may run into a problem. Your G5 was based on an Motorola Power PC (PPC) chip, whereas your new Mac is runs on an Intel Chip. Up until Snow Leopard, the Mac OS contained a backwards compatibility emulator which allowed Intel chip Macs to run software written for PPC Macs. This emulator was discontinued in Lion.

So unless you can find an intel compatible driver for your USB to serial port adapter, you may be out of luck.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:ForLoop5
ID: 36580912
good point.   Im trying to find the driver now.   The cable does not have a manufacturer printed on it.  So its kind of generic.  Any suggestions for that?  
0
 
LVL 53

Expert Comment

by:strung
ID: 36581599
Belkin and Keyspan were the major Mac suppliers for this sort of thing.

You can look in system profiler to see if you can find the driver. That might give you a clue to the manufacturer.

Fortunately, if you have to buy a new one, they are relatively cheap:

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=mac+usb+to+serial+port+adaptor&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Just make sure you get one that is Lion Compatible
0
 
LVL 53

Expert Comment

by:strung
ID: 36581601
0

Featured Post

MS Dynamics Made Instantly Simpler

Make Your Microsoft Dynamics Investment Count  & Drastically Decrease Training Time by Providing Intuitive Step-By-Step WalkThru Tutorials.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
tamper proof asset tags - benefits 4 80
URL to download driver for nVidia GeForce GTX 960 6 113
IRQL not equal zero blue screen 13 77
Configuring an individual SATA drive 12 94
Stuck in voice control mode on your Amazon Firestick?  Here is how to turn it off!!!
Great sound, comfort and fit, excellent build quality, versatility, compatibility. These are just some of the many reasons for choosing a headset from Sennheiser.
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
Nobody understands Phishing better than an anti-spam company. That’s why we are providing Phishing Awareness Training to our customers. According to a report by Verizon, only 3% of targeted users report malicious emails to management. With compan…

734 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question