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roughwire
09-03-2008, 07:52 AM
Excuse me, I used to mess around with my old BS2 on a Board of Ed for fun, but I recently bought a laptop and (obviously) is has no serial ports, but my Board is serial. So I bought a "USB-to-Serial Portable Adapter" by Belkin, hoping to fix this. Well, I installed it and I figure it's functioning as designed, but when I open the Stamp Editor and I try to Identify it for example, (when plugged in with battery on) it shows it doesn't ID it, but it does show there is a Loopback, and an Echo. Now if I unplug the power from the stamp, the ID still says the same thing. Does someone know why it's not reading it? Thank you.

P.S. , It's a brand new battery also.

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MIKE

Mike Green
09-03-2008, 08:05 AM
I don't think Belkin's adapter works with Parallax products. A number of commonly used USB to serial adapters don't implement the handshake lines (DTR particularly) properly and they can't be used to program a Stamp or a Propeller.

noobmuncher
09-03-2008, 09:05 AM
Try looking online, especially at the manufactures website though. i had to downloadsome updated program for mine to work.

Dave-W
09-03-2008, 09:11 AM
Mike,

I have been there, tried that! Even with updated drivers the Belkin is very marginal at best. Since then, several years ago, I bought the FTDI from Parallax. It works every time. It even works with several specialized programs I use for DVC and DVC-Pro alignments through special software. I cannot say enough good things about the FTDI USB to serial adaptor. Oh yes, it is also the only one that works with my weather station!

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Dave W.

roughwire
09-03-2008, 09:24 AM
Ok, thanks. I'll look into this FTDI. Better take this thing back and get my $$ back ;D

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MIKE

Mike Green
09-03-2008, 11:05 AM
FTDI makes several different USB to serial adapters including several that are built into a USB cable.
Parallax also uses the FTDI chip for all of their USB to serial adapters.