[amsat-bb] Re: LVB Tracker / 5500 rotor / USB-Serial Port coversion
dave at k7daa.com
Tue Sep 14 23:55:59 PDT 2010
When you say you've tried the FTDI drivers without success, what
exactly do you mean? I guess we'd all need a bit more info from you
as to exactly where your problem is: what software you are using,
like SatPC32 or whatever, what FTDI driver version, what version of
Windows you are running, etc. And then explain more about the "no
success" part. What does that mean?
I'll take a quick, general stab at where I'm guessing you might be
hung up, but it's only a guess w/o more info:
When you install the driver and plug in the LVB Tracker box, you
should be able to see it appear as a virtual serial port after the
Windows "found new hardware" wizard has its way with you. In Windows
XP, you will need to go through several menus to see what virtual
serial port (Com Port) it assigned.
I'm doing this from memory, but I think you first select Control
Panel, then click on System, then select the Harware tab, then open
the Ports by clicking on the little "minus" icon to have a look at all
of your ports. You should see a Com port that looks like the FTDI
driver (I forget exactly what it ends up being called, but it won't
say "LVB Tracker" or anything quite that easy.
You might want to do this before you plug in the LVB Tracker just to
see what Com ports are already assigned in your "normal" computer
config, write them down, and then look again after you've plugged in
the Tracker to see what new Com port popped up.
Anyway, you would then use this new Com port, for example, Com3, in
whatever software you are using to command the LVB tracker to turn
your rotator (such as SatPC32).
Or...buy a Mac and use MacDoppler--that's what I do and life is
easy. I've used my LVB tracker and 5500 rotator with several PC's and
Macs over the years, and never had a significant problem. It's a bit
tough to get this stuff set up when you're hobbled by Windows, but
once you do, I think you'll really enjoy it. I do.
Dave - K7DAA
On Sep 13, 2010, at 10:28 PM, Knut wrote:
> I am struggling trying to establish a proper USB - Serial port
> conversion on my laptop. Can someone tell me which software is best
> for this conversion and what are the pitfalls. I have tried the FTDI
> Drivers as described in the LVB Tracker Box Manual without success.
> With so many LVB Trackers in use I am sure there is a way, but I
> have not found it yet. I may be doing something wrong during the
> installation of this software and I can not figure it out. Any
> suggestion will really be appreciated and tried.
> Newbe Knut / N6BNP
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