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C++ Builder and USB<->RS232

Question: C++ Builder and USB<->RS232

I am trying to make an application with C++Builder which communicates with a PIC16F877A which has a RS232 interface. Unfortunately my computer only has USB ports so I have bought a USB to RS232 converter cable.
Well I am a complete beginner to C++ Builder so really at this point I don't even know it will be possible to do this... Any help and advice would be really appreciated. ies

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Preferred Solution: C++ Builder and USB<->RS232

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Question: Rs232

I am planning on building a small form factor PC but it will need RS232. I don't know for sure if there will be room for an add on card for the RS232. Is there a usb to RS232? If so, will it work as good as an add on card?


Usb to RS232 adapters/cables are common (on Ebay) and I assume they work well but I have never used one myself.

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Question: USB - RS232

On my old pc i used a belkin ups with their bulldog software. The ups connected to the pc via a serial cable and all worked very well.So I buys a new pc and realise that it doesn't have a serial port. So I get a USB- RS232 cable (serial connector one end to connect to the ups and a USB conector the other end).I installed the drivers from the disk that came wit the usb/serail cable but the ups is not detected. Interestingly if I go into device manager, after installing the driver, and expand the tree so that i can see the driver one minute its there the next the device manager tree closes then opens and the driver disappears then it re-appears!My operating system is win xp home sp2.

Answer:USB - RS232

TomGI've used usb-serial converters, not all with the same degree of success. In most cases however, a reboot seemed to cure most ails, and sometimes only with the usb converter connected before boot up. Not a lot offer, but might be worth a try if you haven't already...

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Question: RS232 on TV

RS232 on TV and Freeview Sat box. What is this serial port for?

Answer:RS232 on TV

Dunno about the TV. But my Humax Freeview STB has serial connection which can be used for uploading firmware upgrades from PC (after first downloading from Internet). Although the upgrades are available over the air, they are available sooner off the Internet.For this to work, one requires (for my box) what is known as a Null Modem Cable (and, of course, a serial connection on your PC). Cables avaialble on ebay, maplin etc.If you haven't got a serial connection on your PC, you can get a USB to serial adapter.It should all be described in your manual.Maybe the TV can take firmware upgrades in a similar way.

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Question: Pavilion 550 RS232

Hi, I would like to buy a HP Pavilion 550-209nl Desktop, but I have a couple of issues:Is it possible to add a RS232 connection on it? I need it to connect some instruments at work.Is it possible to use with two screens? Cheers Ale

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Question: RS232 port

I have just bought new software for my laptop, it's for diagnostics on cars. The software has been configured to use a rs232 (db9) socket on the laptop to conect to the OBD2 on the car, the only thing i have on my laptop is USB's and the 25pin printer port. Is there a way around this?many thanks.

Answer:RS232 port

USB to Serial Port connector?

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Hi allI am thinking of buying a new lap-top (nothing fancy) but I note that none seem to have an RS232 port any more.I MUST have RS232 because one use of the laptop would be in communicating with all sorts of strange devices that use RS232 (using all sorts of software).I know that USB to RS232 converters exist BUT now to the question:One piece of software I use is Hyperterminal and it "looks" for ports (eg RS232), but as far as I can tell, doesn't see USB (my son's laptop only has USB, and Hyperterminal only comes up with TCP, modem and COM4 (IIRC) which is the infra-red port). And all the other software (i.e. other than Hyperterminal) just seems to find COM1 and then works.Thus, does anyone know how all these RS232 bits of software could find the "port" via USB? Would the USB to RS232 converter cable have software that turns USB into COM1?Has anyone used stuff like Hyperterminal via USB?Thanks for any help.Skeletal

Answer:RS232 on new laptops

Is it a Basic Com port

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Hello,I've got a plotter (well, it's a vinyl cutter), which is serial and according to the manual the pin-outs are as follow.It looks to be as if they put '1' for RTS when really they meant '7'. However, that aside, is this a standard straight through cable because TX/RX are not crossed but I thought if it were straight through then 4/6 and 7/8 wouldn't be linked?I'd rather just buy a cable, but this layout is confusing me Thanks for any help in letting me know about this layout.

Answer:Help with 9 pin RS232 pins.

Early serial connector layouts  were defined by the computer maker.  If that was they way they did it, that was the way it worked. Standard layouts became standard later.The layout you show in the picture is not exceptional at all.Here is another almost the same. with photos like this one:

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Question: RS232 data

Anyone know what software is best to use to enable me to view the data coming into my RS232 port from external scientific equipment? an anemometer!....I need to view the raw data to check why I do not get the correct readings from the equipment and been told I should do a port scan...bit too techy for me!

Answer:RS232 data

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Question: RS232 problem

This is for the really old hands...

Got this Seiko labelprinter on Com4 (hispeed pci serial card).
My mobo is Asus P5Q3 wifi-ap deluxe.
I am always on a hell of a ride before I get this to work, these are the options shown in device mgr.:
bps 9600...115200 (several tried)
databits 8
parity none
stop bits 1
flow control none/hardware/xon-xoff (think hardware was the control of choice when it at at last worked for prior W7 installs: Beta, RC, W7)
Com 4

Msg "printer communication error".
Only possible setting on the printer is the com port.

Now I can try for days changing this and that and maybe as before it starts to work "just like that", but it is annoying: I had a crash and reinstalled W7 Ultimate.

W7 gives me a choice of two universal drivers, V8 and V10, tried to change to V8 but that doesn't change anything.


Answer:RS232 problem

Normally you don't need to change settings on the port itself. I would look towards a driver issue here (check for drivers for the printer itself that are comparable with W7)

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Question: No RS232 support

First, I appologize for this being so long-----I have a laptop I was given to use at work that is dual booted into Windows 98 and XP Professional. The Windows 98 is being used for the DOS architecture only. It is not a full operating system setup. I use this DOS for operating a data acquisition machine. However, this new laptop does not have an RS232 port for the DB9 adapter cable that is on the data machine. What I am trying to do is to use a USB conversion cable as this laptop has many USB ports. I know I need a USB driver for this to work. I went to the adapter's webpage and downloaded the driver for Win98 (as there is no driver support for DOS). Here is my dilemna: being that Win98 is not a full operating system, the driver will not load. Is there some way I can manually place the driver in config.sys and autoexec.bat in the DOS architecture. I have tried many configurations that did not work. Unfortunately this data system has to run in DOS only.

Answer:No RS232 support

No.It would have to be a driver written specifically for DOS to work properly.

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i bought a cheap usb to rs232 cable of ebay for £2 with a driver disc.

When i connect usb to port the wizard takes over and asks to install disc but then it will not install .
Have downloaded different drivers but it still wont work,drivers are on desktop i think
thought cable was not working so ordered another but same problem.
Am i doing something wrong?

Answer:usb to rs232 problem?

Some manufacturers of converters like this require you to install the driver software before connecting the converter to the computer. I would suggest going into device manager and uninstalling the converter, restart the computer. Hopefully on the driver disk there is a "setup" or "install" utility that can be executed, run this install and after it is done connect the converter to the USB port on the computer and let the New Hardware Wizard do its thing. If this doesn't fix the problem try a different vendors converter.

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Question: rs232 transmission

I am trying to connect windows xp com 1 to a wire edm machine rs232 port
machine receives in msdos. tried using hyper terminal. Program shows it sends but it is not received by the wire machine.

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Question: wireless rs232

HelloDoes anyone know if it is possible to transfer data wirelessly via a rs232 connector on a Win95 laptop to another Pc with either Win95 through to Xp?Thank You!

Answer:wireless rs232

click here

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Question: RS232 connection

Not strictly a computing query but I just got a new LCD TV and it has an RS232 connection and so does my sky box. Can anyone tell me anything about it.

Answer:RS232 connection

It's generally used by factories and engineers for setting and controlling the user interface modules (menus) you see and use on the tv.

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How do I determine if the USB port is actually getting data to/from the system's COM port?

Some info:
- I have Vista Home Premium
- I purchased a Generic USB to RS232 adapter (from China) based on a PL2303 chip.
- The driver that came with the adapter seems to have installed properly.
- I have RealTerm installed.
- I jumpered Tx to Rx plus other pins on the male DB9 connector.
- I sought help from Prolific (re PL2303), but found nothing helpful.

But I don't know how to look for data passing through the adapter. What I type on the keyboard does not show up on the RealTerm screen.
I've worked with RS232 for years, and know about the signal-type on the USB port.
But now I am stumped, and about to cut the vinyl covers of the adapter.

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Hi guys

I purchased a HL USB RS232 (serial to USB adapter) and the drivers that came with it are not being detected by windows 7. Would anyone happen to have a link where i could find a working driver for Windows 7.


Answer:HL USB RS232 driver

have you tried loading the drivers in compat mode ? Compatibility Mode

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Question: rs232 transmission

I am trying to connect windows xp com 1 to a wire edm machine rs232 port
machine receives in msdos. tried using hyper terminal. Program shows it sends but it is not received by the wire machine.

Answer:rs232 transmission

Hi, You might want to check and see if the machine receiving the data and the computer is set the same. (Data Bits,Parity, Protocol, Speed, Stop Bits, and Handshaking) They have to match on both or it will not work.
What DNC software are you using and what control is on the machine?
I might be able to help you better if I know that.

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Question: RS232 Question

I am planning on building a small form factor PC but it will need RS232. I don't know for sure if there will be room for an add on card for the RS232. Is there a usb to RS232? If so, will it work as good as an add on card?

Answer:RS232 Question

Check out this link: TRENDnet USB to RS-232 . I do not personally own one, but I have used them at my job and they seem to work pretty well. You may have a driver issue, depending on the OS you will be using, but for the most part it works.

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Question: Wireless RS232

I need to extend a fiber optic connection one-half mile LOS. The fiber carries RS-232 data. Can anyone recommend a hardware solution?

Answer:Wireless RS232

While I haven't used them myself, this might help:

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Question: RS232 vs. Parallel

While working on a larger problem I found I was not quite sure of the port and cableling names. Is DB-25 RS232 the same as a Parallel port? Also, What is RS422 and RS485.

I know that DB-9 is RS232 and a serial port, so I assume that DB-25 RS232 is simiar to a serial port but I think I may be getting it mixed up with a standard Parallel port as well.

I had found one site but it was too technical for what I need to know. I just want to know an example of it's purpose and what type of connecter they use.

If someone could straighten me out on all this it would help me a lot.

[in case your wondering about the larger involves Punch Press machines, controls, and a BTR board. It seems most BTR's use a serial (DB9 RS232 connection) but ours uses what I am calling the parallel port]

Answer:RS232 vs. Parallel

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I need your help to find an USB adapter to connect to and Old Laptop that only have RS232 port.

I want to connect USB divices to the RS232 based Laptop

Thanks for your Help

Humberto Medina

Answer:Old Laptop with RS232 needs USB ports

pcmcia card to usb is ok

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My new laptop doesn't have a Serial RS232 connection but I use one occassionally to download data to a Satellite Receiver.I've bought a RS232 to USB cable which was supplied without a driver. I've tried installing using XP's integrated drivers without success. Can anyone suggest where a suitable driver might be sourced? I've tried click here

Answer:USB to RS232 Serial cable

Possible source:click here(Drivers link, hopefully may work!)

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I bought a hand held scanner which had a female 9 pin connector. My laptop only had a 15 pin rs232 connector. As I had spare usb ports I got a USB cable that had a male 9 pin attachment at one end. I also downloaded some drivers for HL-340. When the cable is attached it shows up as com4 usb-serial ch340 usb2.0-ser!. When I run the software associated with the scanner, a light on it flashes, but nothing else happens.Does anyone have any idea if I am using the combination of cables etc?

Answer:Rs232 to USB cable problem

If the port on the Laptop is an RS232 Serial port, are you sure it isn't 25-pin male? You should be able to get a 25-pin female to 9-pin male RS232 Serial Cable to connect the laptop and scanner directly. Have a look at this page click here

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Hi, Ive purchased a USB To Rs232 cable to run on my laptop running Vista Premium 32 bit, but for some reason I cant find the correct drivers for it,the ones ive found are only for XP thats if there is one? if anybody has done this could you please let me know how it's done. Thanks

Answer:USB TO RS232 vista drivers

Make, model of lapy and the cable?

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I have an old trusty 2000VA UPS that has an RS232 communications port and I wonder if there's some way I can get Windows 7 64-bit to see the UPS via a USB converter cable. This UPS does not come with any Windows 7 driver or management software, Is buying a new UPS the only way forward if i want to protect my ASUS Republic of Gamers Core i7-3770K @ 4.6GHz machine?

Answer:UPS USB-to-RS232 Converter and Windows 7

The UPS doesn't have to be connected to the PC via USB or serial to protect it so you can use it as is.

Buy it will likely work for management with a USB to Serial adapter, Windows 7 has built in support for many APC UPS's out of the box. You may also find newer APC software for your model on the APX website.

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Question: RS232 on M72e Tiny

Hello to All, On specifications M72e Tiny (MT - M 3267 - 5B1) it is said that on the motherboard there is a COM (RS232) port.If this is just how to activate and what is the connection of the latter? Thank you in advance for your answers.Cordially.

Answer:RS232 on M72e Tiny

Hello,Person for an answer?This becomes very urgent for our production.Thank you in advance.Cordially.

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I have used X10 successfully for many years and controlled my whole house via a CM11A controller. This controller connected to my PC through a serial port and could be easily programmed to change lights etc. Since the old PC died and I have bought a new one there is no serial socket on it. I got a cable adapter recently and installed the driver. After some jigging to get the device to be on COM2 (CM11A only allows 1 - 4) I still can't program the CM11A. The Activehome software fails its communication test to COM2. I downloaded a serial port monitor and it looks like bits are sending. Now I'm stuck! Any ideas out there?

Answer:USB to RS232 cable problems

Look in Properties for COM2 and check the baud rate, parity, number of bits, etc is configured properly. The manual I found says 4800 baud, no parity, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit.

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Question: RS232 line drivers

Anyone had any experiance with these?I want to send (only) from a PC to some machines about 50 yards away. I need to do it using only one line driver at the PC. I have looked at the Patton website (model 1000) but it is not clear if I can use just one, for sending only, or MUST these things work only as pairs?

Answer:RS232 line drivers

click here for detailed information on the RS232.

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I have the problem that my RS232 work not 100%under MS/DOS. In Windows XP the RS232 works fine.What can i do ?

[email protected]

Answer:Tecra Series S2 and RS232 under MS/DOS


I think you need an adequate DOS driver for the RS232 port!

At you can ceck which hardware your Tecra S2 have an search a driver for it at the web!


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Hi, I need RS232 pinout of HP RP2 Retail System  2030 . How can i found it ? { RJ-50 Serial Ports (Power Configurable 5V/12V) } Could you please help me ? Best Regards, N A

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Is there anyway to control Media Center via RS232?


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I would like to reprogram a EEPROM, however it seems that my Serial Port does not provide power when I enter Windows XP. Under Linux, the JDM PIC programmer's LED lights up, however I need to use Ponyprog in Windows. I see there is power to the programmer just until I enter Windows. Any ideas? Thanks

T61p T7500, Quadro FX 570M, 4GB, 60GB Patriot Pyro, XP ProX61t Tablet, L7300 Centrino vPro, Windows 7 Home 64-bittpfancontrol installed on all systems

Answer:RS232 in Windows XP with PIC programmer

Hello mate, Try to see in the device manager if windows does not turn off the port to save energy.It's the only option I see for the moment. I try to look further if it's not the problem.

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Does anybody know if a RS232 port is the same as a serial port?

Answer:RS232 the same as serial port?

Well, I think so. Just do some google image search on "Serial port" and see if that's you mean.

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Question: RS232 serial port

Does the HP Probook 650 G1 Notebook PC come with a built in RS232 serial port. If not is it an option. If it is not avaiable is there a model with the RS232 port built in or available with an option.

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Hello Techguy
I have a USB to RS232 converter which came with a driver disk. I can load the driver in and everything seems to load OK. However, when I then plug in the converter, it can not find the driver.

What it seems to be looking for is a driver called "USB2.0-SER!". However, the device seems to be a Prolific chip device and I would have expected to see it looking for something like "PL2303" or similar. I searched the computer for a driver with this name but no luck.

I went to the Prolific website and downloaded their driver but that didn't work any better.

I know these devices work as I have seen them working on other computers. How do I get it going?

Answer:Solved: Driver problem for USB/RS232

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i am using core 15 processor,dell n4110 laptop,, i tried to connect profolic usb to serial(rs232) cable. i tried in win7 professional and professional i installed but device is not working.. error statement is coming as "this device not srarted(code 10 err0r)"

Answer:code 10 error,usb to rs232 cable

Hi Ebin
Try to visit the following site:

USB to RS232 cable keep receiving a Code 10 message - Microsoft Answers

Good luck

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What is the maximum length that you can run a serial cable before having communication problems?

Answer:RS232/serial cable length

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I have purchased a usb to serial adapter but the drivers are not functional.

Every time I plug the cable inside my computer i get a USB device not recognized message. Under device management > Universal Serial Bus controllers > Unknown Device.

The drivers that i have is called "PL-2303 Driver Installer". Even after installing this driver, I still have no luck. I know it is possible to update the driver but the driver format would have to be in a .INF file. In this case the driver is a .exe file so i have no idea what to do.

Any help would be really greatly appreciated also the drivers are available @

If the device is functional and installed, it should be under the COM ports in device manager but like i said before it is not and is listed as "Unknown Device".

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I can't get my usb to rs232 cable to install and vista keeps indexing the com port as it trys the next install. I have downloaded the driver, updated the driver, deleted the driver and reloaded the driver to no avail. Now it shows 26 com ports in use and tells me the device I am trying to install is trying to use a display name that is already in use. How do I clear this up so I can install this device?

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Here is the deal. Where I work we have a ticketmaster application that uses a seperate RS232 network. This means special lines that run to a special little ticketmaster box in my switch room. Needless to say it is a royal PITA when we have to move these computers connected to this special network.

So to fix this I was hoping there were some kind of RS232 to ether net adapters out there. I know they exist, but I think the solution I need is special. i need an Adapter on the PC side that talks to an adapter on the switch side. So basically the flow would go like this:

COM Port --> Convertor Box --> Ethernet --> Converter Box --> Com Port on Special Box

Anyone have any suggestions?

Answer:Piggy Back RS232 Over Ethernet

Is it realy Ethernet or justr cat5. (meaning is there going to be a ethernet switch in between?)

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Since installing SP3 to my Windows XP Pro system my RS232 serial port no longer works. I have a Hyperpen tablet that has an RS232 connection so it no longer functions. Is there a converter that I can attach to the male RS232 so I can connect via a USB port? I have seen a USB 2.0 to RSB (male) serial adapter dongle but that is of no use. I'd appreciate any suggestions towards resolving this.

Answer:RS232 serial port not working

Have you checked in Device Manager to see if it is working there , or if there any conflicts . It won't have just broken , it must be a software problem as it occurred as you loaded SP3 , it might just need reconfiguring , what does the tablet need in terms of port speed etc. , data bits , flow control etc. ? Ashley

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Hello, so I bought cheap usb to rs232 cable off ebay and been trying to get it working. I tried installing many different drivers from internet and still windows is not recognizing my cable. I tried to copy drive file to system32\drivers, no luck.

Has anyone else had similar problem? Do I need to buy prober cable with driver cd included?

Thank you

Answer:Usb to serial rs232 no working drivers

You need a Prolific PL2303. Its the ONLY one I've found that will work with my wife's Singer Embroidery machine. It works on both Win 7 and Win 8. Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Rev D Chipset): Computers & Accessories

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Dear Friends;
We have many software installed in Laptop having WXP for trouble shooting purpose at machines. Communication of many devices is done through RS232. Some time it happen that a we fail to communicate with a device while everything is ok because some other software has already captured RS232 port of Laptop and it is hard for me to find out which software has done that.
Yesterday, after making communication with a PC via two soft wares, I tried to hibernate the PC but it failed to Hibernate as Com port was busy/captured while all the programs were closed. Is there any way to know which program has captured the Com port?

Answer:How do we know which program captured RS232 port??

I have used Portmon with XP 32 bit:
I am not aware of an equivalent utility though for 64 bit XP.

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I have a CyberPower USB to RS232 adapter. From the research I have done this should create a Com Port in my "Device Manager" so that programs
are then able to use it. I have researched this specific device and there are apparently problems with how it works on WIndows 8.1 but I have not been able to find a solution. The driver for the device was installed by WIndows plug-and-play controls. It decided
that the "HID-compliant vendor-defined device" driver version 6.3.9600.16384 was appropriate, however there is no Com Port in the "Device Manager" and instead a "USB Input Device" appears corresponding to the adapter each time
it is plugged in. Under the "Devices and Printers" the "Unspecified" device "CPS RS232 USB Bridge for UPS" shows up. 

When I attempt to use drivers from a different source (the manufacturer of the USB to RS232 adapter), the plug-and-play ignore the new drivers and use the ones from above.

How can I get the Com Port created so that I can use the adapter properly?

Is there a way to circumvent the plug-and-play and use the driver from the manufacturer?

Thank you for your help.

Answer:CPS RS232 USB Bridge for UPS - not creating Com Port

Regarding current situation, let?s try to manually install the driver by following these steps:

Device manager -> Right click the device and choose update driver -> Browser my computer for driver software -> Let me pick from a list of device driver? -> Have disk -> choose the driver manually to install.

Then let me know whether this device can work fine.
For further troubleshooting, please post back the image for descript more detailed about your issue.

For your reference:
SOLVED!!! cps rs232 usb bridge for ups driver UPDATE / DOWNLOAD
Please Note: The?third-party website/product discussed here is manufactured by a company that is independent of Microsoft. We make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance
or reliability.

Kate Li
TechNet Community Support

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I have a set of scales that outputs data on rs232. I need to read the data (weight in grams)multiply by a price per gram and output to a rs232 LCD display.Is there an easy way to do this. the scales constantly output and the price per gram has to be adjustable

Answer:RS232 data converter and output

Easy is a relative term.Most scales like that are used in some company or way that demands some software in order to be sold. Look at the makers web site for how they expect you to use the product. We still have many running a DOS app.1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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wont print on rs232

Answer:tm-t88iii rs232 wont print it have Windows 7 drivers ?? I was under the impression Epson stopped support at XP ?

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is a RS232 port the same as my 9 pin com port?if I wanted to make software ROMs for my 8-bit bbc micro, what would kind of eprom programmer would I use?I'm a complete n00b in this field.

Answer:RS232 port & eprom Programmer

try an emulator to save the grief......Link:>

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Hello All,

As a surveyor, I'm trying to slowly solve all the glitches on my new Windows 8.1 laptop.

1. Mouse

I often visit this NSW government site SIX Maps

When navigating the map, you use the mouse scroll wheel to zoom in or out and hold down the left mouse button to pan.

In my new windows 8.1 laptop, the scroll and pan functions won't work.

Iv'e tried 4 different mice and none of them work but they all work on my old XP laptop.

I've also tried 2 browsers (Chrome and IE)

I have also been in touch with the NSW goverment support team to no avail.

Looking in control panel, I couldn't recognise anything that would help.

Does anyone have any ideas?
2. USB to RS232 serial port cable replicator

This cable is used to download/upload information to the survey instrument. It worked fine on Windows XP, but will not work on Windows 8.1. It may be something to do with the port configuration.

Please note that the software is very old and I had to create a virtual XP machine using VMWARE to run it. (As well as some other obsolete software such as XTGOLD and Q.EXE! Any one remember these? I've yet to come across any file editing program to equal Q.EXE)

Hopefully someone will have some ideas otherwise I'll have to go back to the manufacturer and they'll charge more than I paid for the computer!!!

Thanks in advance for your help,


Answer:Problem with mouse and USB to RS232 cable

Well, I tried the link you provided and I was able to scroll using IE, Logitech Mouse, and Windows 8.1 Pro (64 bit). However, when I first accessed the site, it said that their site would work better with FireFox or Chrome. I have Chrome installed but did not try it.

USB to RS232, which end connects where? Does the USB end connect to the computer or the survey equipment? When running your XP, does it provide an error when you try to connect upload/download data? I would think that your VMWARE and XP will be able to handle everything, but you will need to play with port settings to have everything configured the way it was before. For example, my wife's computer is Windows 8.1 Pro, and I have her run VMWARE and Windows XP so she can use the embroidery module for her sewing machine. The one thing you have to do is to make sure that when you start the VM machine, you must tell the VM machine to use anything plugged into the USB ports to be used in the XP and not the Host machine.

Anyway, don't give up yet and keep poking around you'll find a solution.

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I have a need for an RS232 port probably PCI, but I see such a wide diversity of prices. Which should I choose? Some have a UART and some do not. Do I need a UART? Thanks, Jim

P.S. I'll be using it with ham radio software called Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) and a ham radio transceiver Yaesu FT-950

Answer:Adding an RS232 PCI port to my desktop

Check to see if you have a PCI slot. Some newer PC's only have PCIe slots and if they have a PCI slot it is a "bridged" slot to the PCIe bus and many PCI devices will not work or work properly on a bridged PCI slot.

I would check and see what others with that software are using.

(ex W5DVO/ZD8JES).

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I have a machine that keeps a log of events and outputs them to a printer via an RS232 Port. I am trying to collect this information and input it directly into a datebase...Initially i would like to connect direct to a pc but eventually it may be helpful to pass the information by networkAny help or suggestions will gratefully received I have limited knowledge of how this all fits together but I'm not entirly backwards Cheers, Thanks for taking the time to read this

Answer:Connecting RS232 printer output directly to a PC

click here it may be what you are looking for?

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My communication device communicates perfectly via RS232 and works fine on Windows XP. But when I upgraded to Windows 7 the data communication is too slow.

Answer:slow rs232 data communication on Windows7

Are the rs232c settings the same on both xp and w7?1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.

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We have a slitter scorer machine in which tools are placed via servo motors. Servo motor is controlled with servo drive and each servo drive is sent the values of a set of parameters to set a job. The main control system is DOS based which sends the values of parameters to all drives according to job. The data flowing is as MS DOS_RS232 port >>> RS232 to 485 converter >>> parallel connection to all servo Com ports. I want to monitor the data following from MS DOS to drives for which I have arranged another RS232 to 485 converter and connected a wire from TX+ terminal of 1st Comm module to the TX- terminal of 2nd Comm module. If I enable the hyper terminal, I see the data following but un-understandable format.

The format of data following from MSDOS PC to drives is like "7E-BF-02-04-3C-00" in ASCII format. So to read it I downloaded MS “PortMon” software which is used to monitor data following via RS232 port. I have windows XP and when I run the software, “Not Connected” is shown on the top bar. Please help how to make it “Connect” to capture the data. Or if anyone has any other idea to capture the data following, please assist.

Answer:How to capture the data following via RS232 in ASCII format.

If someone guide me about PortMon that how to make it "Connected" it would be enough for me. This time when i run PortMon, "Not Connected" displays at the top write corner.

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On a box running Server 2003 the application needs to talk out a serial port to an OPTO-22 I/O system. The Optoscan program from the manufacturer works just fine. Our application (which has been used many times before successfully) is not sending or receiving message. It appears that another application has grabbed the port.

Does anyone know how to identify which program is controlling a serial port?


Answer:Identify program controlling rs232 port

Portmon is a utility that should be able to tell you the name of the process that is accessing the port:

I use it at work as a RS-232/RS-422 protocol analyzer.

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Hi - here's an idiot question for you. I need to know whether or not my laptop (Dell Inspiron 2200) has something called an RS232 serial port. I think it probably doesn't, as I couldn't find it mentioned in System Information. But I'd like to know for sure before I fork out £30 for a USB adapter, which is what I'm told I'll need if there is no RS232 port. It's needed for a programme called DesignaKnit 7 - details of which can be found at, if anyone is interested. So, can anyone tell me how to find out for certain whether or not I have this port? Thanks v much, Helen

Answer:Do I have an RS232 serial port for cable link?

You do not have an RS-232 port on that laptop. Note that the site in question has specific recommendations for the RS-232 <-> USB link device, and I'd pick one of their recommendations:

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After several attempts at trying different driver versions, no drivers seem to load now.

These drivers are for a Prolific PL2303 USB to RS232 converter - although I did not buy the device from that company. The drivers used to install easily and I actually had one that partially worked.

At one point, I went to the Windows/System32 and manually deleted all the files and "packages" for those drivers. This likely screwed everything up and I don't know how to recover. I have the option of doing a full system recovery, but it will take days of work to arrive back at the current configuration.

After several attempts to install and uninstall all these drivers again, nothing seems to work. When I plug in the device, Vista looks for the driver in Windows Update and of course finds none. In Device Manager (DM), the annotation for the Port is Unknown device. When I try to manually install the driver through the DM, it fails. The code is sometimes 1 and other times 19.

System Info says I'm running Vista Home Premiun X86-based PC, but the sticker on the laptop says Athlon 64 X2 dual-core (Acer Aspire 4530).

Any fixes?

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Anyone know why my dell p1110 monitor turns off when I connect a RS232 <> TTL cable to the four pin header... I'm trying to use windas to fix the oh-so common brightness issue these monitors have and can't get very far without being able to connect the cable and view the screen at the same time. It doesn't fully turn off, but goes blank and the green light turns amber. Any suggestions are greatly appriciated!

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I b ought one of these adapters off eBay so I could connect my GPS to my computer via USB, my old cable was the serial port. Anyhow, the seller told me it would work with Vista but she did not tell me it wouldn't work with Vista Premium. When I connect the device it tries to find the drivers but is unable to do so...does anyone know where I can get the right driver? The CD that came with the cable is worthless. Thanks

Answer:USB to RS232 Serial 9Pin DB9 Cable Adapter Driver

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I have Dell&#153; PowerConnect&#153; 3024 managed switch. I don't have the IP of the switch and I don't have RS232 cable. There is no reset button.

I don't know the IP so I can login from the web browser using Ethernet

Answer:Dell PowerConnect 3024 lost IP and RS232 cable

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oke this is the problem,i have a Philips BDL4221, i accidently locked the remote control and the onboard buttons, so i cant change the input or change anything on the tv, i tried to send some thing via 232analyzer but i have no idea what to do, the tv send me 2 messages back those are CTS turned on and DSR turned on, i found this in the user manual from the tv but i dont have any idea what to do with this:3.  Serial Interface Communication Protocol 3.1 General specifications 3.1.1  Protocol definition  Communication to the main monitor microprocessor is possible through the serial  port, which  support a communication protocol dedicated to BDS only. The protocol is specifically  designed to allow data communication in half duplex multi-point environments,  but  it can also be used for half duplex point-to-point RS-232 communication. 3.1.2 Communication characteristics A half duplex communication is implemented starting from the concept of a master-slave structure, where the monitor is supposed to be the slave. The first action is always taken by the master, which can be either a built-in PC-based video controller in a MASTER monitor or any external device (acting a server) interfaced to  the monitor. After sending a command or a request in the appropriate format (see section 3.2), the master receives form the slave an acknowledgement, which tells the transmitter whether the command is not valid (or not executable, anyway) or  ... Read more

Answer:sending ascii commands over serial rs232 to Philips TV

Looks all good. But for one thing. How do you do 57600 bps with a typical serial port?QuoteBaud rate  57600 bpsAre you sure?

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After starting an application with the use of RS232 I get the message, that there is no RS232 available.The devicemanager shows an activated RS232.After deactivate and activate the RS232 - everything is ok and the RS232 is working.I use Windows 7. Any help would be appreciated.Thank you. Klaus

Answer:T60 with docking station 2504 - problem with RS232 to activate

hey Klaus_Johannes,curious, is the RS232 the serial port ? and does this happen to any devices connected to it or only for a certain device ?

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oke this is the problem,i have a Philips BDL4221, i accidently locked the remote control and the onboard buttons, so i cant change the input or change anything on the tv, i tried to send some thing via 232analyzer but i have no idea what to do, the tv send me 2 messages back those are CTS turned on and DSR turned on, i found this in the user manual from the tv but i dont have any idea what to do with this:3.  Serial Interface Communication Protocol 3.1 General specifications 3.1.1  Protocol definition  Communication to the main monitor microprocessor is possible through the serial  port, which  support a communication protocol dedicated to BDS only. The protocol is specifically  designed to allow data communication in half duplex multi-point environments,  but  it can also be used for half duplex point-to-point RS-232 communication. 3.1.2 Communication characteristics A half duplex communication is implemented starting from the concept of a master-slave structure, where the monitor is supposed to be the slave. The first action is always taken by the master, which can be either a built-in PC-based video controller in a MASTER monitor or any external device (acting a server) interfaced to  the monitor. After sending a command or a request in the appropriate format (see section 3.2), the master receives form the slave an acknowledgement, which tells the transmitter whether the command is not valid (or not executable, anyway) or  ... Read more

Answer:sending ascii commands over serial rs232 to Philips TV

Looks all good. But for one thing. How do you do 57600 bps with a typical serial port?QuoteBaud rate  57600 bpsAre you sure?

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My M4600 Can not use USB & RS232 Port on Pro2X Docking Station.  This is new to me and in 100% mint condition as it had never been used and only turned on about 3 times.

I can use both DVI monitors attached to station, but can not see any of the USB or RS232 ports on my docking station.  My old M6600 can see them all just fine.

If the M4600 can not utilize the docking station ports, it is bye bye to the M4600.


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Hi,I'm considering switching out my "old" W500 with the new W520 machine. I now have serial port through my dockingstation, but i have not found any dockings for W520 with serial port out Is there a way to solve this issue, can I use the new W520  with my old W500 docking maybe?

Answer:W520 - I need Serial port (rs232/485) in the machine or docking station?

There are several USB -> RS232 solutions available from different suppliers. You could also use an ExpressCard adapter on the system itself.

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I am thinking to use one PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port. The program that i need to use is running under DOS and needs two serial ports. My question is what i need to run the program and the serial port to be recognized by the system. I have a 4200 satellite pro series laptop.

Thank you

Answer:PCMCIA card as a RS232 serial port on Satellite Pro 4200

Why on earth should you want that ?
Your laptop has a serial port hasn't it ?

Well for serial ports are standard supported under Windows. In a Dos-box this should be no problem.

But pure Dos could be a problem.
I guess you also need DOS-drivers for your PCMCIA-card...

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I have a problem regarding rs232-usb converter... I'm using Toshiba Satellite series laptop.
The problem I faced is I can receive data from my microcontroller to VB but I can?t send data to microcontroller...

However, when I use the same VB code and same converter, I try at my friend laptop (other brand), it works...
May I know is there any other setting I need to set for my laptop??


Answer:Satellite A200 and RS232-USB converter - can’t send data to microcontroller


Do you have some problem with notebook functionality?
Are all ports working well?

Have you installed driver given on driver disk? If I understood it right you need this driver for virtual COM port creation.

Bu the way: which notebook model do you have?

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Question: PE Builder

kaspersky lets you make a rescuedisk on a cd using pe builder but it needs the original xp disk which fortunately i still have andthe serbvice pack2 installation disk which i have never had as it did that with an auto update

thus i must forget pe builder but is there an alternative?

Answer:PE Builder

You could download SP2 from Microsoft downloads and combining it with your original XP CD make a slipstream disk, then make a rescue disk from that. I've never had to make a slipstream disk myself but you can google for the procedure.

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Could anyone help me out with some advice/recommendations, ive only just decided to create a pc of my own instead of spending an extreme amount of money on a gaming consol or a high priced pc with componants that i wouldnt need or want.
Anyways, ive never done a build of my own before but im fairly confident and patient but i have an issue before the go ahead, i dont know much about specifics yet so im not sure weither or not the case i have my eye on will be compatible with the componants.
The case is titled "Aerocool Dead Silence"
click here anyone help me out with what componants would be able to fit this case, im looking to build a pc that could run games such as battlefield 3 on fairly high graphics and run smoothly, i also do some digital artwork, i dont know if that affects what parts i need to get but just letting anyone who could help know about my own personal wants/needs for the pc. Since its going to be mainly for personal entertainment i dont mind going the extra mile for better graphical hardware or any other hardware for that matter, im just confused on what parts im supposed to be searching for, my budget is a minimum of £450 - £600 (i do not wish to reach this limit unless necessary).
If anyone could help me out id appreciate it alot and thankyou who ever does help !

Answer:New pc builder needs help

It states MATX which I assume is microATX
a small case for a micro atax motherboard may cause problems if yor other components are standard atx size i.e. graphics or sound cards.

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Question: Builder

Hello. I am a begginer to C++. I tried writing my program in VB 6 but, it always gives me errors. Does anyone know where I can download a free and good C++ Buider? Thanks.

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I am a novice web site builder. Ihave just built my own web site using coffee cup software. I enjoyed this as it taught me the mechanics of html language. When I talk to other people about how they built thier websites they seem to think I am doing it the hard way and there are programmes now which are much more straight foreward without going into too much html.Anyone got any reccommendations of good packages to buy?ThanksLouandel

Answer:Best Buy Web builder

It depend on your budget. There are some suggestions for the low end of the budget in this thread:click here

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Hi there,

I really, need a free, and simple msi builder for this. I have searched Hi and low, all over the internet and this forum. But I can't find anything free thats good enough! All I ned to do is deploy my programs!

I have heard there is one on the windows 2000server cd, but I cannot find that either!

Can anyone give me a li'l, help here pls!??? :S

Answer:MSI Builder - Please help!

Forgot to search in the middle ;-) Free Setup Utilities

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Question: dvd builder

Using roxio dvd builder and it keeps freezing up. Shows PMstudio.exe as using 99-100% CPU usage. I've attached Hijack log hoping somebody has solution. Thanks!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.3
Scan saved at 8:48:03 AM, on 3/10/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\NISUM.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton Internet Security\ccPxySvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\AudioCentral\RxMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 6\AudioCentral\Playlist.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = Read more

Answer:dvd builder

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Question: New Builder

Okay so im new to PC building and what im building is probably a lot cheaper than searching and buying online. Atleast i hope lol. Basically I want to build decent gaming PC. And i want to know if these specs would be compatible with everyhting i chose. Heres the part list.Motherboard: MSI B85M-P33 LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Entry DVI Business Intel MotherboardCPU Intel Core i5-4430 Haswell 3.0GHz LGA 1150 84W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80646I54430Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 Intel 4th Gen CPU Haswell and AMD PhenomVideo Card:GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video CardHDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEMComputer Case: Fractal Design Core 3000 FD-CA-CORE-3000-USB3-BL Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Answer:New Builder

Looks good to me. But I am not a gamer. Sorry.One question.  Why did you pick MSI B85M-P33 motherboard?Just asking.

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Question: J Builder help

Ok im trying to make an applet. I have all the code done and it has no errors, but I cant get it to run. Its a problem with the runtime properties, I dont know what to set these to. Anyone anyone have any ideas?

Answer:J Builder help

Hi bush,

I suggest you to do this :

- click the small black triangle on the right of the green execution button,
- select Configuration, a dialog box will;
- select the Execution tab, change the default name in the Name input box then click on the New button, a new dialog box will open;
- select the Execution tab in the new dialog box, choose Applet in the Type menu, the dialog box will change with a default ticked Main class;
- on the same line than Main class, click the 3 dots button on the right, you will have a box in which you'll be able to browse to get the full path of your applet;
- click OK many times to close all open dialog boxes.

To test your applet, just click the green execution button.

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Question: XP-Iso Builder

Has anyone played with this?It requires copying the Windows XP recovery disc to a temporary folder - but I don't know how to do that!

Answer:XP-Iso Builder

"With WinFuture xp-Iso-Builder 3 you can extend your Windows CD with many useful functions. It does not matter, if you're running Windows 2000, XP or 2003 - WinFuture xp-Iso-Builder integrates the latest Service Pack or system files, that allow using unauthorized visual styles and more. You can add drivers for your system's hardware, too."I don't think you can use a recovery disk it states Windows CD.Most people I know have use nlite to slipstream XP, sp3 and drivers to a CD.

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as you know the Equium M40X-189 P-M 730/XP has an RGP monitor port and does not have RS232 port.
I?m working with Auto-titration device which require RS232 port for connection!
Any idea of how i can connect my notebook to this device!

pls help

Answer:Equium M40X-189: How to connect RGB port to RS232 port?

sorri i meant RGB monitor Port!

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Please provide feedback on the build below, need to know if i am missing any parts not really sure what comes with what.
Also are there any conflicts as far as compatability with any of the parts, i am pretty sure there arnt any but never hurt to ask others.

Below are a list of parts and prices, all of which are from except for the case~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Alienware® P2 Barebones Kit - Silver
You asked, we listened! We're giving PC enthusiasts a limited-time opportunity to purchase an Alienware P2 barebones kit featuring our highly popular P2 desktop chassis.

The barebones kit consists of a P2 extended ATX desktop chassis with standard Astral Blue lighting and a 700-watt power supply unit. In addition to its striking design, the case is packed with user-friendly features such as tool-less entry, easy-access front-side I/O ports and is designed for optimal airflow.
Thermaltake A2018 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail
Model #: A2018
Item #: N82E16811999122

MSI P6N Diamond LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #: P6N DIAMOND
Item #: N82E16813130080

EVGA 640-P2-N821-AR GeForce 8800GTS 640MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Model #: 640-P2-N821-AR
Item #: N82E16814130071

Rosewill Silicon Image 2 port SATA II PCI Express Host Adapter Model RC-211 (RAID 0/1) - Retail
Model #: RC-211
Item #: N82E16816132008

Int... Read more

Answer:New Build from a new builder

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So today I was poking around on my Windows 10 install on my i7. I have removed all pre-installed apps threw PowerShell and have also removed 3D Builder. I thought my Windows install was clean as a whistle. I was wrong.

3D Builder was not listed under my apps. So I thought it was gone. But after right clicking an image there was an option for 3D builder. When I hit it 3D builder copied itself to my app list right away without downloading anything.
What does this mean?

It means that 3D builder is somewhere on my system without my knowledge, and that Microsoft was hiding it from me by removing it from the app list.

So what else is there? MSN COOK FROM 8.1???

This is ridiculous.

How can I remove 3D F------ builder for good? I only have 4TB of storage on my laptop.

Answer:3D Builder does not uninstall ever -_-

Welp, I just found the WindowsApps folder. C:/ProgramFiles. It is hidden -_-. You need to do a whole process to even open the folder...

What are you hiding Microsoft?

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First two questions. Power source 350w,400w looking for ideas. Motherboard;looking for one that handles good updating and most of the CPU as of now??Thanks

Answer:First Time PC builder

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I am going to be building a PC for the first time, primarily for gaming, although I do not want to break the bank. I have spent some time researching various components and think I have settled on an initial list. However, I would be grateful for any advice as to whether these components will all be compatible and/or whether it is worth me considering better alternatives. Components are:
Processor: Intel i5-2500k
Motherboard: Asrock P67 Extreme 4
RAM: Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 CL8 Dual Channel Kit Viper II Xtreme Division
Graphics card: Asus 1GB GeForce GTX 560TI DirectCUII PCI-E Graphics Card
PSU: Antec TruePower New Modular 650W '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply
Hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200rpm
For cooling I understand the stock Intel precessor cooling unit should suffice for the i5-2500k. Is that correct?
Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:First-time PC builder

I don't see anything majorly wrong with your choice of components but this will show you AsRocks guaranteed compatibility for the CPU and memory. Have you chosen a case and an OS?

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Hi im looking foward to building a gaming computer thats decent and not extreme or too expensive. So far i have picked up the parts that i want. Im still not sure if they are good or what thats why you guys are here. I want you guys to give me your opinions, suggestions, or experiences with them or if im missing parts or anything that might help me.Cheaper Prices would be nice too.

Here are my selected parts.

Graphics Card:
Power Supply:
Harddrive+my old Harddrive:

Please Help and Rate

Ok I changed the power supply and i wont get the sound card yet i guess. but i dont want to spend more than around $1300
Alright i changed the Motherboard and Graphics card and ive decided to take out the sound card and test the onboard 1 first but the thing is that, doe... Read more

Answer:First time builder. Help Please.

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Question: website builder

Hi.I would like to build a website to sell an information product that I have.I can really get the information about the product across within 1 page and I would also like to have a buying facility on there.Can someone please advise on the best way for me to go.Many thanks.

Answer:website builder

How about using click here.they provide domains, hosting,and E-Marketing soloutions for your website.check it out!

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Hello, I am sure you guys get these types of threads all the time but I just recently bought all the computer parts for a new rig and it will be my first ever full build from scratch. All I want to know is what all of you think, whether it will work (are all the parts compatible with one another?) also what you guys think of the price I payed for this rig.

Here are all the parts I bought from new egg I also bought an OEM windows 7 Home 64 bit.

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX240OCK23GQ - OEM- 48.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard- 69.99

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- 54.99

AllComponents 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model AC2/800X64/4096-KIT- 59.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply- 44.99

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler- 29.98 Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive- 39.99 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM- 19.99 Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM- 9.99

Total- 343.00

Also what types of Tools s... Read more

Answer:My new Rig (First time builder!!)

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I currently have 3 Lenovos with Windows 8 and I want to change to Windows 7 Pro or Windows 8 Pro. It seems the OEM builder licenses are the cheapest route. Is my idea possible?

Answer:Can I use a OEM builder key on my Lenovo?

color me clueless but "Huh?"
are you buying the licenses seperate? If so than I don't see why it wouldn't work, just be sure to check to see if there's win 7 drivers for everything in the system.

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Need some help from all you computer geniuses

Basically my current computer is a pile of sh**e with no upgrading capabilities and its current capabilities are way below par (a HP XG834), due to this I want to attempt to build a new PC but as its the first time I need some advice (and please don't anyone say that building a PC isn't for beginners because if it wasnt then no-one would ever have built one, everyones got 2 start somewhere). So far Ive decided on the case (A-Top X-Blade Ultimate Black With 580 Watt Psu -Pci Express-Cable Manager 20/24 Pin + LCD Controller) and thinking of getting the Athlon 64 CPU and the Geforce 6800 ultra, i need to know what sort of motherboard im going to need as I want to embrace luvly new 64 bit technolodgy and dont want any older or slower parts ruining it. Ill gladly take any advice and the PC is going to be mainly used for gaming as well as some basic desk top publishing. Money isnt realy an issue because ive got no time limits therefore time to save up (and evidently I can take think about parts that are being released immenently) I live in the UK if that matters and would greatly appreciate some assistance.

Answer:First time PC builder

rv13uk said:

Basically my current computer is a pile of sh**e with no upgrading capabilities and its current capabilities are way below par (a HP XG834), due to this I want to attempt to build a new PC but as its the first time I need some advice (and please don't anyone say that building a PC isn't for beginners because if it wasnt then no-one would ever have built one, everyones got 2 start somewhere). So far Ive decided on the case (A-Top X-Blade Ultimate Black With 580 Watt Psu -Pci Express-Cable Manager 20/24 Pin + LCD Controller) and thinking of getting the Athlon 64 CPU and the Geforce 6800 ultra, i need to know what sort of motherboard im going to need as I want to embrace luvly new 64 bit technolodgy and dont want any older or slower parts ruining it. Ill gladly take any advice and the PC is going to be mainly used for gaming as well as some basic desk top publishing. Money isnt realy an issue because ive got no time limits therefore time to save up (and evidently I can take think about parts that are being released immenently) I live in the UK if that matters and would greatly appreciate some assistance.Click to expand...

I've done this twice since '97 (yeah, I practically run the machines into the ground before I build a new one), but on my last 'shopping trip' one of the sites I found most helpful was's Hardware Guide). They test just about every component you would u... Read more

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Question: Retard Builder

Hello All.
I need help.
I am building my first computer, and I have a fear that I just blew my very first motherboard out the window for some reason.

Got the PSU finally today, plugged it in, and it powered up just fine. Ran through some diagonstic's and then asked to either restart or put in the disc for my MB. So I did so, and it came up with the info for my monitor spec video card, and wouldn't do anything else. The front LED lights were working at the time to.

I have two buttons on the front of my CPU, one being the power, the other I believe to be a reset. However, when I pressed this button, two things happened. One, my LED lights on my case all went out, and two, my DVD-CD/R/RW makes weird noises as well. As if it were a car trying to turn over - twice.

Also proceeding this, my video card is no longer 'talking' the the monitor I have plugged in. So either the card went bad, or my entire MB went bad.

So, I am asking anyone who knows something to just tell me if there is a simple fix - replace the motherboard, or if there is something else I can do so get this going again. I didn't even get a change to load the BIOS, which is what I was attempting to do.

I must repeat, this is the first home built computer system that I have done. This system is NOT for me, it is for someone who is not using it for more than pictures and games. Simple games at that - like picture finding games, internet games, NOT Diablo and others like that. The specs are ... Read more

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I have been asked to start in building a webpage for my place of employment and I have started out using an angelfire webpage and making it that way but the html is pretty tedious and i was just wondering if there were an easier software out there to make a website and where is a good place to go to start my site seeing as i have the money to pay for web space ?? please help

Answer:Best website builder for me

There are a few approaches here.
The way of least resistance, but not very comfortable to work with, is MS FrontPage
The easy way for beginners is using Netobjects Fusion from
They happen to have a promotion-sale until 31 March 2005.
My favourite way is buying a ready-made template from companies such as
They include all the coding and lots of different tactics, in very attractive packages from $20 ~ $160. Each page has full instructions (when open in an HTLM-editor) on what to modify, how and where. An absolute delight.
For web-hosting I prefer who are also known as
For editing HTLM the most popular is CoffeeCup HTLM Editor. Personally I prefer a simpler program, namely the EditPad Pro from which has amongst others tabbed editing and syntax-code colouring depending on file-extension.
This should get you started.

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New Version of 3D Builder in Windows 10 Store

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I know all of you guys are prolly tired of the sameold problem, but I have tried everything and I don't know what I am doing wrong.

First the specs:
Gigabyte GA-7NNXP MB
AMD 3200XP
1 GB Kingston RAM
ATI Radeon ALL-in wonder video card

I have swapped the video card, the processor and the ram.
I am running the system on the bench to test.
I have reset the battery on the cpu.
I still have no %&#Q(! video!

The only thing I have swapped out is the MB but it seems so unlikely that this is the problem. I don't want to have to give up and give all of my components to someone else to put together! This was supposed to be fun and challenging but I have been stuck at this point FOREVER.
Anyhelp would be appreciated.

Answer:New builder and no video - I know this is old!

lol, have the EXACT same setup only other videocard.

If your fans are turning &only no video, reset your cmos by taking battery out, and shorting the battery contacts with a metal object for at least 10 seconds.

also try switching the lil switch in the middle of the mobo (auto/on).

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Thanks in advance for reading this post. My wife has given me the green light to build a new computer. I have typically bought pre-built but customized pcs in the past. My last new pc was in 1999. Typically, I buy high end and milk it for 3+ years with a couple of minor incremental upgrades during its lifespan. So its time for me to start again and since my wife wants my old pc, I would love to build myself a new relatively high end rig from scratch.

Below are the parts that I've selected from as they seem to have the best prices for parts and shipping as well as a great reputation.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+, ADA3200BOX - RETAIL, 1MB L2 Cache, 1600Mhz Bus
Asus Motherboard for AMD Athlon 64 Processors, Model# K8V Deluxe - RETAIL
CORSAIR MEMORY XMS Extreme Memory Speed Pro Series, Low Latency 512MB 64MX64 PC-3200LLPRO w/ Heat Spreaders - Retail
Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum PCI Internal Sound Card and Front Panel I/O Drive - Retail
LITE-ON XJ-HD166/XJ-HD 165H 16X DVD ROM Drive BLACK- OEM48X CD-ROM Access all format DVD-ROM/R/RW ,CD-ROM/R/RW title & disc
NEC/Mitsubishi 22" CRT monitor DP2070SB-BK - Retail
Plextor 8X DVD-RW +RW DVD Recorder - Model PX-708A/SW-BL Black Retail
Windows XP
Xoxide X-Viper Case with 400 watt PSU
Already own a Logitech Cordless Mouse and Keyboard Combo and a 5.1 Speaker and Decoder System

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Answer:First Time PC Builder

I would like to point you here for building tips.
I would ask if you plan to OC, if not, I'd recommend Crucial RAM, Lots of people think Corsair is the best but Crucial has the best support and best product IMO, in the business. I'd also recommend you use an Enermax or Antec PSU. I don't know what brand comes with that case, but if it isn't a reputable brand, you may want to see if you can get it without the PSU.

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I just rebuilt an desktop and put together a new desktop. This is the following info on 'em:

Rebuilt system: An ECS MoBo (L4VXA2)
P4 2.4ghz
Intel stock CPU fan
PQI 2gb PC2700 RAM
Western Digital Caviar SE 250 GB IDE Hard Drive
Unknown type Nvidia Video Card
Unknown type Sound Card (PHILIPS PSC 60X Series)

I got this off someone so I can learn on...

That's all I can think off hand

Newly Built System: An ASUS MoBo (Formula Maximus)
Quad Core 2 Extreme QX9650 3.0Ghz
ASUS V60 CPU fan
8gb PC8500 RAM CORSAIR Dominator
2 Western Digital 150gb Raptor Hard Drives
MSI 3870 x2 Video Card

Okay now that's out of the way. On the rebuilt system I have only the Windows XP PRO 32-BIT CD. What do I need to get the system working?

Okay, on the new system I have the Windows XP PRO 64-BIT (Student Media/Work At Home Media), Maximus Series and the MSI Driver Cd's. What else do I need to get it going?

If you need anymore info, please ask for it. I always could be missing something. I very new at this. I am a first time builder.

Also, what do I load first?

Answer:First time builder needs help

I don't understand what point you are at. To get the system working that is. Is it already build? Do you need help on how to build it?

Do you mean what other hardware do you need? A power supply, and a computer case (For the power button)

To get it working make sure all is correctly hooked up and is able to turn on. Go into the BIO's and make sure its all good then save and exit. Unless you already have an OS on the hard drive you will need to reformat your hard drive, so back into BIO's make sure the boot priority is through a CD first, save and exit. Insert the XP CD and reboot, when prompted to boot from a CD hit the "Any" key and follow through.

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