[time-nuts] Rapco 1804M - serial problems?

Alan Melia alan.melia at btinternet.com
Tue Oct 18 17:25:41 EDT 2011


Hi Paul thanks for that reassuring comment. I and an amateur software team
have very nearly gone bald trying to rationalise a perfect response on a
real internal PCI serial card and a USBconveter. We found with thee cheaper
converters it is vital to visit the makers site and get the very latest
driver.......eeven this does not always help. I will confirm that the FTDI
driver ran like clockwork and gave no trouble on converters using their
chip.

Alan G3NYK

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> Actually no, it doesn't have to be the software. In my day job, I work for
a company that makes terminal servers (networked serial concentrators) and
have seen many times where USB/serial converters do not behave properly. I
would bet that choosing a different USB/serial dongle would fix the problem.
Generally speaking it seems the FTDI based units are the most dependable,
but implementations vary.
>
> HTH
>
> Paul
> ---
>
> On Oct 18, 2011, at 1:56 PM, David J Taylor wrote:
>
> The short version: it's now OK!
>
> The long version: I dug out the old terminal, found it had no mains plug,
added that, and noted it was video out.  Dug out an old TV, found the remote
control had corroded batteries (how often have I warned people about that!)
had to dig those out and find a couple of fresh AAAs so that I could switch
the TV to video input, and eventually got the terminal working.  Although
the terminal didn't respond to the line feed characters, it did have a
"display control characters" mode, and that showed that the data stream was
OK.
>
> Went back to the PC and noted that I had a very simple terminal emulation
program supplied with one of the Delphi components I use (TComPort).
Compiled that, and it displayed the data perfectly.  The program is supposed
to emulate VT100, and that's what I had been using on the other programs
(HyperTerminal and TeraTerm Pro).  Same serial settings, of course.  Why
those others don't work, and this very simple emulator does, is a mystery
which will have to wait for another day
>
> It has to be the software, doesn't it?  Too fancy a terminal emulation?
Port settings incorrect (but not on two programs, surely).  Answers on a
five-pound note, please!
>
> Anyone with an 1804 care to try it with TeraTerm Pro or HyperTerminal? And
a Sitecom USB hub/serial/parallel box.
>
> Half a day "wasted", but at least with a positive result.  I've let the
eBay seller know.  My thanks to all here who tried to help.
>
> Cheers,
> David
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>
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