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    Default Astro25: USB to Serial Adapter/Cable

    Hi... is anyone having any success using a CPS R17 with a USB to Serial adapter under Windows 7 32 bit? I'm all good running CPS under XP with a real serial port but obviously I'd like to move the whole mess over to Win 7.

    The cheap ass serial card I purchased and installed into my Win 7 box isn't working out so well (the radio isn't answering CPS). I'd like to try the adapter route before investigating a USB programming cable.

    I've searched some of the topics here and at batboard, but most of those threads are years old. The 17.01.02 release notes found here at P25.ca make mention of an IOGEAR USB to Serial converter cable so I'm thinking I'll try that route.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!


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    The ATEN UC232A USB to Serial converter has proven to be the most reliable for me, and this is the same unit that Kenwood used to sell under their label. It works reliably under Windows XP, Windows 7 32 and 64 bit, every single time. It seems to work fine for Kenwood, Motorola, Harris, Vertex, Icom and anyone else who still requires a serial port. We buy them from Amazon.

    For my bench machine, I built an ASUS motherboard with hard serial ports and Win 7 ultimate 64 bit......

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    Motorola recommends the IOGEAR GUC232A. This is what I use, and it works great.

    I'm running Windows 7 64-bit, however --- I'm using Windows Virtual PC, then running it in Windows XP Mode (32-bit). I use this for programming Quantars, EFJ5100s, etc. WORKS PERFECT. Repeat: I have flashed 5 Quantars with this setup. NO ISSUES.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/



    Edit: I'm sure the adapter com501 posted works great, too.

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    This is the exact same underlying hardware adapter, made by ATEN.

    And yes, I have to run Virtual PC to run Quantar also, in Win 7 x64. My dual i7's are a little too fast....

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    Excellent. Thanks guys... I just grabbed the IOGEAR GUC232A from Amazon.

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    REMEMBER: To run Virtual PC there are specific hardware and software requirements in Windows 7.

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    I run Windows 7, 64-bit, and use the US232R-10 Premium USB-Serial Converter. The FTDI drivers are very stable, and I haven't had any problems with CPS. You can buy this converter directly from FTDI through their online store, or from Mouser which is where I got mine (I have several):

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    I use VMWare under Win7 x64, it does the same thing as Virtual PC but its a bit nicer. It allows snapshots and reverts, so you can take a snapshot of your system before doing anything possibly hazardous, and by reverting, you can totally restore the system to it's state at the snapshot time. I use this for suspicious keygens, etc. Just in case or if my regular A/V flags it as a possible trojan or whatever.

    That said, I also use the IOGEAR unit, which does work very well. I have also used the one made by Prolific, and that worked well for me too.

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    I have been using a no name usb/serial cable with not bad results (sometimes it would hick up or fart) but most of the time it did a ok job on Win 7 64Bit. I ordered from Newegg the IOGEAR GUC232A after reading this thread and what a improvement worth the investment in my personal opinion... Found Newegg.ca was $10 cheaper then Amazon for those of us north of the boarder...

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    I am a fan of VMware too (its free) . I have a virtual dos,xp and linux setup.

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    Just as a follow-up/resolution... I received the IOGEAR GUC232A and it works swimmingly for me w/ Win 7 32 bit... thanks again for everyone's advice.

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    The IOGEAR adpater is actually the same as the ATEN adpater interestingly. I think they used to have different USB PIDs but not anymore.
    Just watch out for the fake Proflic USB adapters...they will only work with the older 2.x drivers, not the newer 3.x ones, but honestly, they both work just fine.

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    With ASTRO 25 it's hard to go wrong.

    Legacy ASTRO (and anything else that communicated via a RIB) can be pretty temperamental, but I've found ASTRO 25 to be fine with anything I've thrown at it.