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Windows 8

Oct 29th 2012, 01:27

N5LB

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I just upgraded the computer a nd now my old prolific chip based USB to serial converter isn't recognized. What are others using? FTDI chips are supposed to be better?
Oct 29th 2012, 22:16

W1VT

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The usual problem is that your old converter doesn't have the proper software, known as a driver, to control the hardware. Ideally, you would be able to go to the manufacturer of that converter and download new Win 8 compatible software--I was able to get new software for my old Canon printer, about a year after I switched to Windows 7. In the meantime, I bought a new laser printer that was Win 7 compatible.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer
Nov 2nd 2012, 02:13

AA6E

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Google is your friend! Search on "windows 8 usb serial driver". You may find info on your device. As to FTDI, I found this: FTDI Info. That looks promising.

Limited device driver availability is an excellent reason not to upgrade your OS too quickly!

73, Martin AA6E
ARRL Technical Advisor
Nov 24th 2012, 19:03

N5LB

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Got it. Running FT232 UART USB... Model FTDI - A36. Windows 8 found it no problem.
Sep 22nd 2013, 23:47

NU8L

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I purchased a model XS880 --- Ultimate Serial Adapter ---from USCONVERTERS.COM. It works with Windows 8 and MY FT-920. I will probably purchase two or three more.

NU8L

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