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Rickles

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Hi,

I have an radio control simulator that will not work on XP.

According to the guys at the R/C club I need and I quote:

"You may need a COM port to make FMS work. Either use a USB to 9-pin serial connector, or a virtual COM port to make FMS work."

The USB to 9 Pin is out as I do not have a spare port on the back of my computer. The computer is a Compaq CQ2000AN using XP Home with SP3.

So can anyone walk me through the virtual Com port?

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Neil Jones

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Forgive me, but if the software does not work on XP, how do you propose a virtual COM port is going to alter the fact that the software, according to you, does not work under XP?
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Hi Neil Jones,

Apparently the radio control simulator will not work with its USB plugged straight into the computer.

But according to those that have one working a virtual COM port is the answer.

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Troy

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Have you considered a USB hub?
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Hi Troy,
I have tried everything but a virtual com port. It seems that the program was made around a 9-pin serial connector but when they made the transmitter with a USB plug the problems started.
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I have no experience whatsoever with a virtual COM port, so I'm going to put a call out in the Tech Staff section and see if anyone else has anything to say.

In the meantime, would it work to install an add-in card that physically gives you a proper COM port?
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Hi Troy,

It would be very very expensive as it would mean cutting a hole in the side of the computer as it is a Compaq and they are tiny. Good thought though.
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well, I have two thoughts. Last time I needed a com/serial port I went to belkin and got a usb to serial adapter. Complete with driver. I had to use a number of those back when palm pilots didn't have usb connectors. Worked well.

I've looked for virtual com ports. Man there are a lot of choices. I can't say if any of these are any good. After looking through several, I think this one may be worth a try: http://www.hw-group....p/index_en.html
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Hi starjax,

Got it, success.

I went to http://www.hw-group....p/index_en.html
and downloaded hw-vsp3-single_3-0-37.
Installed the program and my FMS simulator ran as soon as I switched on the transmitter.
Well done and many thanks... :)

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Nice work starjax - and Rickles for making it happen. :)
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