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Additional Ports

My experience would agree with what Randy has said.  Someone else was
lamenting the need for two parallel ports.  It is easy to add 'real'
parallel or serial ports if you have one or more PCI slots available.  The
cards you plug in add 'real' ports.  After installing you will probably need
to go into your device manager and change the address to something that DOS
can see.   You may also have to rearrange the IRQs, but device manager will
let you do this as well.  I am running FODTrack on a parallel port I added
to my machine.  It works without a hitch.  FODTrack will not work through a
USB to parallel adapter.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Randy Mclean" <rmclean@natdoor.com>
To: <kf4hr@erols.com>; <AMSAT-BB@amsat.org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 26, 2001 3:18 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] USB Question

 > The fact that the program will let you input the actual IRQ tells me that
 > "KaGold" accesses the serial port directly. Most of the software currently
 > developed for widows lets the operating system handle device requests.
 > Prior to the current generation of windows, program developers had to
 > incorporate there own device support. However with Microsoft "Plug & Pray"
 > operating systems, system developers can simply let the operating system
 > handle the device requests.  The problem is with devices such as USB
 > converters that can only be accessed by programs that use the operating
 > system for device requests.
 > As for imputing the IRQ for the USB adapter, this shouldn't work because
 > unlike a "REAL" serial port, all the devices your USB port share the same
 > IRQ (including devices on the USB hub).
 > My advice is if one of you other seral devices will operate on USB then
 > move it and put your tnc on a "REAL" serial port.
 > Dose this make any cents??
 > 73's de WO5M
 > At 12:55 PM 12/26/2001 -0500, Butch Quallich wrote:
 > >Hello and Happy Holidays,
 > >
 > >I'm in the process of trying to wire in a TNC (Kantronics 9612+) with the
 > >digital birds.
 > >Unfortunately my comm ports are being used by other serial driven
 > >devices.  I was hoping to be able
 > >to utilize my packet software and TNC off of one of my USB ports.  I
 > >purchased a 7-port USB Hub and
 > >some USB-to-Serial Converters (from JDR) to accomplish this interfacing.
 > >
 > >I'm using a PIII machine (933mhz) and KaGold packet software which during
 > >setup allows for Comm ports
 > >1 thru 4, or "other".   "Other" allows the user to insert the Address and
 > >IRQ data.  The best I can
 > >determine my computer has auto-configured my USB Hub as Comm 3/IRQ-10,
 > >inserting that address and
 > >IRQ data hasn't produced any results.  For the life of me I haven't been
 > >able to get this software to
 > >see the TNC via the USB port and the above USB interface equipment.
 > >
 > >Any suggestions?
 > >
 > >Butch Quallich, KF4HR
 > >Email:  kf4hr@erols.com
 > --
 > Randy Mclean
 > Security/Network Administrator
 > rmclean@natdoor.com
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