[amsat-bb] SatPC32 Releasing Ports

Joel Black jbblack at charter.net
Sat Jan 9 14:22:57 PST 2010

I have an issue that appears to be with SatPC32 although I could be wrong.

When I use SatPC32, all works fine with my USB-to-serial adapter 
controlling the radio.  If I shut down SatPC32 and start HamRadioDeluxe, 
generally speaking, I cannot control HRD.  It's as if the USB-to-serial 
adapter is still wanting to talk to SatPC32.  Starting up SatPC32 in the 
same session works fine.  I have found that a restart of the PC is not 
usually enough to release the USB adapter - a full shutdown is 
required.  Occasionally, unplugging and replugging the USB adapter will 
work, but not often.

USB adapter:  U232-P9
PC:  Dell E520
OS:  Vista 32-bit
SatPC32:  v12.8a
HRD:  v5.0 build 2434 Beta

When I was getting the version numbers, I started SatPC first and then 
HRD.  Right now, it's working as it should.  Even changing satellites, 
thus making the radio switch modes, doesn't cause HRD to fail on 
start-up.  So, I cannot make it *not* work right now.

Joel, W4JBB

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