RE: USB to Serial Adapter
The way I understand the problem is that Vista discontinued native (that is,
resident in Vista) support for serial devices. That doesn't mean that 3rd
party vendors can't produce serial devices and supporting drivers. So, the
problem for you is to find such a vendor. I would use google to search for
suppliers. I have no idea what's out there. Serial is now legacy. Here is
a comment I copied from a publication about that (in response to someone
complaining about no native serial support in Vista):
And I notice the guy's complaining about a lack of serial support. If Apple
did this, they'd be lauded as looking ahead. MS does it, and its called out
as an annoyance (but, really, does ANYTHING use serial ports anymore, or is
the guy trying to use a 10 year old modem?).
I suppose a vendor can develop anything to run on Vista should he decide to
> Two things. I haven't found an adapter in a retail store that says it is
> vista compatible. Dell came up with one online for about $110.00 but that
> doesn't seem reasonable. If it is just a hardware compatibility issue with
> something in the Laptop there should be a way to identify it. Rather than
> just buy devices and hope they work it would be better to know just what the
> issue is.
> "freddy" wrote:
> > Richardk,
> > I think you answered your own question. I'd find a USB to serial adapter
> > that is compatible with Vista and use that.
> > --
> > freddy
> > "RichardK" wrote:
> > > Trying to use AirLink101 and Q-store USB to serial adapters on a Dell
> > > Inspiron E1405 laptop. Both adapters use "Prolific" drivers. Using
> > > AirLink's vista drivers Device Manager says the drivers installed ok but the
> > > device will not start. AirLink says the adapter and notebook are not
> > > compatible but nothing is wrong with the adapter of notebook. Dell says the
> > > adapter is not on Microsofts vista hardware list so they more or less wash
> > > their hands of it. Any help?