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Re: ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link

Ray Gralak
 

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the inconvenience. I have just restored the original driver (and PDF) links so you can again get them from here:

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02.exe

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro: http://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
Author of PulseGuide: http://www.pulseguide.com
Author of Sigma: http://www.gralak.com/sigma

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:48 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: RE: [ap-gto] ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link



Hi Wade,

I'm running an experiment. There are what looks like multiple Chinese IP addresses
trying to download the driver (and some other files) multiple times simultaneously. It
might be a denial of service attack but I'm not sure yet so I've changed the links to
here temporarily. You can download the drivers from here:

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02_.exe

http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04_.exe

-Ray Gralak
Author of APCC (Astro-Physics Command Center): http://www.astro-
physics.com/index.htm?products/accessories/software/apcc/apcc
Author of PEMPro: http://www.ccdware.com
Author of Astro-Physics V2 ASCOM Driver: http://www.gralak.com/apdriver
Author of PulseGuide: http://www.pulseguide.com
Author of Sigma: http://www.gralak.com/sigma

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Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 7:41 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] ASCOM Driver v5.07.02 download link



Ray (Gralak) or anyone who may know....anybody having problems getting the
download link to work this morning for AP ASCOM driver v5.07.02?

Here's the link:
http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.07.02.exe

Beta link not working either:
http://www.gralak.com/apdriver/AstroPhysics_V2_Setup_5.08.04.exe

Just a temporary website glitch or have the drivers been pulled down for
maintenance?

Thanks,
Wade Van Arsdale
AP 1200 GTOCP3
Little Rock, AR., USA




New file uploaded to ap-gto

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Hello,


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File : /DYI TOOL - ULTRA PRECISE BUBBLE LEVEL/DIY BUBBLE LEVEL TOOL.pdf
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Description : Testing a Telescope Mount’s Shake & Level
with a Home Made, very long, ultra precise Home Made "Bubble Level"




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Re: AP160/Mach 1?

Mike Shade
 

Thanks....that was sort of funny...looks like the old classic scopes of the
60s and 70s...12.5" Newtonian on a mount made for an 8" scope....



Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com



In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their
lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights



International Dark Sky Association: <http://www.darksky.org/>
www.darksky.org



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 5:08 PM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] AP160/Mach 1?





Mike

Well, for visual I had no issues with a 175.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edy1Esj8xzM

tony

On 1/30/2016 12:13 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] wrote:



So sort of curious how well an AP 160 does on a Mach 1...I know not an
"ideal" situation but workable? I think the OTA is 27#, the mount's
capacity is 45#...looking at the portability factor primarily. I know a 130
f/6.3 works easy enough but not the bigger scope...



Thanks...



Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com



In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their
lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights



International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org
<http://www.darksky.org/>


Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

BigE Astro
 

Joe,


That is really cool.


Thanks for the post.


Re: AP mount 1100GTO-tacking is moving too fast to object

Stuart Heggie <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Best guess is that your guider cable is not the right one. The connector at one end being reversed from what is needed will cause this effect. 

The direction of rapid movement will be a helpful clue. If in Dec then the cable for sure. 

Stuart


On Sunday, 31 January 2016, carlos49gib@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:
 

I have a AP1100GTO,  that's always connected to the TheSkyX for the past 12 months and working fine, all of a sudden the tracking has become very fast. I have the following setup with theskyx:


Mount: telescope drive, with Ascot telescope choose- Astrophysics GTOV2,  when I click 'ok' it opens to the Ascom setup with correct com6.


The cables connecting the hub are all working fine, so that's not a problem. Concerning the camera (which was the only thing that I changed from last week) a QSI632, it setup in the Theskyx was the field of view indicated, and given that I have it under 'telescope drive' connected to the AP GTO V2 it is communicating well.


In mount AP V2 ascom driver (5.07.02) is like always, i have not touch setting, the slew rate is at 600x, in the mount HC I have it connected as 'EXT' to my Laptop, given its a permanent mount and all setting are as always. 


In maxim DL under observatory telescope setting is connected to AP GTO V2, and respond correctly , i can take images well, after obtaining the target object through the TheSkyX, but the tacking rate is too high as it move too fast away from the target.


I believe its a communication error between AP mount with the TheSkyX, but unfortunately I cannot find the issue. Any help will be appreciated.


Thanks

 





AP mount 1100GTO-tacking is moving too fast to object

carlos49gib@...
 

I have a AP1100GTO,  that's always connected to the TheSkyX for the past 12 months and working fine, all of a sudden the tracking has become very fast. I have the following setup with theskyx:


Mount: telescope drive, with Ascot telescope choose- Astrophysics GTOV2,  when I click 'ok' it opens to the Ascom setup with correct com6.


The cables connecting the hub are all working fine, so that's not a problem. Concerning the camera (which was the only thing that I changed from last week) a QSI632, it setup in the Theskyx was the field of view indicated, and given that I have it under 'telescope drive' connected to the AP GTO V2 it is communicating well.


In mount AP V2 ascom driver (5.07.02) is like always, i have not touch setting, the slew rate is at 600x, in the mount HC I have it connected as 'EXT' to my Laptop, given its a permanent mount and all setting are as always. 


In maxim DL under observatory telescope setting is connected to AP GTO V2, and respond correctly , i can take images well, after obtaining the target object through the TheSkyX, but the tacking rate is too high as it move too fast away from the target.


I believe its a communication error between AP mount with the TheSkyX, but unfortunately I cannot find the issue. Any help will be appreciated.


Thanks

 



RE : Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Antoine PAVLIN
 

So was mine.

I believe our friends at AP would not even think of delivering a less than perfect equipment.

I tested the polar alignment with PemProV2 after aligning my Mach1 with the RAPAS. The correction numbers were extremely low, well below 1’ on each axis. Too low that I was confident to do better by adjusting the RAPAS.

So I did nothing at all, and as ultimate test put my 700mm APM scope at the meridian, were polar alignment errors would be most visible, and took a 10 minutes unguided exposure.

The result convinced me that the polar axis alignement is very, very close as I cannot see any sign of field rotation.

Clear skies

Antoine

De : cgsathome@... [ap-gto]
Envoyé le :dimanche 31 janvier 2016 02:10
À : ap-gto@...
Objet :[ap-gto] Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

 
Mine was well aligned out of the box.  

Best regards,
Craig Smith


---In ap-gto@..., <beckemd@...> wrote :
Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


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Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Suresh Mohan
 

Forget align master or any program if using RAPAS . Place Polaris in RAPAS , use pempro to polar align accurately . Now fine tune your RAPAS ( only if needed just once ). Next time onwards use only RAPAS


On Jan 31, 2016, at 12:00 AM, beckemd beckemd@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Joe Zeglinski
 

Hi Sam,
 
    In the interests of expediency, I will send you the JPEG and initial 2014 post, by personal email.
 
I started a longish thread on this in the RCOSGROUP, and also copied to AP-UG  group, on my earlier thread dated 18/07/2014,
SUBJECT:
OT: Testing a Telescope Mount Shake & Level with a Home Made very long, ultra precise "Bubble Level"
 
I will probably post it to this group Files, when I get some free time. Meanwhile there were several discussions on that AP-UG thread about my concern with the stability of such a massive scope on an AP-900 at the time, sitting on a Losmandy HD Tripod.
Hope you would be interested on how I used this DIY Bubble Level. May give you some ideas.
 
Joe Z.


Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Sam Miller
 

Joseph, I'd like to see a picture of this pippette level. If not too much trouble. Sounds like a very good idea.


On Jan 30, 2016, at 18:17, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] <ap-gto@...> wrote:

 

For a “Micrometer accurate” Bubble level, I filled a one-inch diameter, about 12 inch long laboratory pipette, with water (or liquor for winter use, if you like), and stopper both ends . It is the perfect long length water level, with perfectly flat (glass or in my case, plastic tube) sides, already graduated with printed “precise” millimeter (or actually milliliter) markings along its full length. I fill it with enough fluid to leave an air bubble size of my choice.

I found it handy when I wondered if my AP-1200 shifted “at all”, during a meridian flip with a 90 lb scope on it. The precision of the air bubble drift path of about 12 inches, was way superior, to the $300 machinist bubble I first purchased (and returned) at a pro machinists supply store.

So if you want to so much as sense a distant earth quake in progress, get yourself an inexpensive pipette. I paid one dollar at a surplus store. In my application, there is no more precise bubble level anywhere.

Hope the DIY Bubble Level photo got through.
Joe Z.

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Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Joe Zeglinski
 

For a “Micrometer accurate” Bubble level, I filled a one-inch diameter, about 12 inch long laboratory pipette, with water (or liquor for winter use, if you like), and stopper both ends . It is the perfect long length water level, with perfectly flat (glass or in my case, plastic tube) sides, already graduated with printed “precise” millimeter (or actually milliliter) markings along its full length. I fill it with enough fluid to leave an air bubble size of my choice.

I found it handy when I wondered if my AP-1200 shifted “at all”, during a meridian flip with a 90 lb scope on it. The precision of the air bubble drift path of about 12 inches, was way superior, to the $300 machinist bubble I first purchased (and returned) at a pro machinists supply store.

So if you want to so much as sense a distant earth quake in progress, get yourself an inexpensive pipette. I paid one dollar at a surplus store. In my application, there is no more precise bubble level anywhere.

Hope the DIY Bubble Level photo got through.
Joe Z.

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Re: Laptop programs for the Mach 1....

Craig Smith
 

Mine was well aligned out of the box.  

Best regards,
Craig Smith


---In ap-gto@..., <beckemd@...> wrote :

Awaiting my first ap mount.  I've the rapas coming as well. Does the rapas have to be "aligned" with the mount or is it good to go from the factory?  I plan to use the rapas
And then use the alignmaster software to finish. What other programs are a must have for someone new to The AP family.  My prior xp is with orion atlas and eqmod.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone


Re: AP160/Mach 1?

Harley Davidson
 

Mike

Well, for visual I had no issues with a 175.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edy1Esj8xzM

tony

On 1/30/2016 12:13 PM, 'Mike Shade' mshade@q.com [ap-gto] wrote:

So sort of curious how well an AP 160 does on a Mach 1...I know not an "ideal" situation but workable? I think the OTA is 27#, the mount's capacity is 45#...looking at the portability factor primarily. I know a 130 f/6.3 works easy enough but not the bigger scope...

Thanks...

Mike J. Shade: mshade@q.com

Mike J. Shade Photography:

mshadephotography.com

In War: Resolution

In Defeat: Defiance

In Victory: Magnanimity

In Peace: Goodwill

Sir Winston Churchill

Already, in the gathering dusk, a few of the stars are turning on their lights.

Vega, the brightest one, is now dropping towards the west. Can it be half

a year since I watched her April rising in the east? Low in the southwest

Antares blinks a sad farwell to fall...

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights

International Dark Sky Association: www.darksky.org



Re: AP 1100 and 1600 extra tools.

Harley Davidson
 

I too use the Bondhus 3710. I also ground the ball end off one for the times I did not want to use the ball. Bondhus are very good quality. I have actually twisted them [using a cheater bar] and never broke it!

The levels I currently use are:
STARRETT 134   http://www.starrett.com/metrology/product-detail/134
6 in. Billet Torpedo Level   http://www.homedepot.com/p/Empire-6-in-Billet-Torpedo-Level-841-6/205846325

Both levels are of excellent quality. What digital angle device do you use?

tony

On 1/29/2016 11:59 AM, bigeastro@... [ap-gto] wrote:
 

I just wanted to pass this along.  I saw this in another post and thought it deserved a little more support.  In setting up my AP 1600, I found the following tool extremely convenient.  I use it to untighten and tighten things up just about everywhere on the mount where it is needed.  AP supplies a good set of Allen wrenches, but for this common size bolt, the boltdriver really works better.  You may want to get the smaller shank version but this one works really well for me.  


Bondhus 3710 Extra Long 3/16" Ball End Screwdriver with ProGuard Finish (New).


It is about $8 on Amazon. 


I also used the level for daytime alignment and it works great.  Finally I see that the digital angle measurement device is good as a poor mans rotator.


Are there any other useful tools people have around the base of the mount?


Thanks



Re: Com port problems

Steven
 

Thanks Joe, yes, I knew that, no worries, it's just the way I type/think, that's all. Whenever considering FTDI you must ensure you have the one with the FTDI chip, that's quite right. JUST the FTDI chip!


Steve




From: ap-gto@... on behalf of 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto]
Sent: Saturday, 30 January 2016 2:54 p.m.
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems
 
 

Steve,
 
    Just to clarify ... FTDI is a USB processor CHIP manufacturer – they do NOT make the actual end product devices -  with terrific support for their customers (hardware developers), and in passing, us too.
Meanwhile, KEYSPAN is a series of  specific “FTDI chip implemented” USB-serial converter “products”. manufactured by Tripp Lite.
 
    There are other manufacturers, such as STARTECH,  who also make such devices, and choose to use the FTDI chips. Then again, some others make the same, in fact identical looking USB-Serial converter, implemented with “either” the FTDI chip (good), or the competitor, PROLIFIC chip (terrible).
 
    The bad news is that when you read the back of the package in the store, most companies don’t inform you of which chip is used inside.
 
    So, consider your statement,  to “change both ports to FTDI instead of KEYSPAN”.
FTDI Corp. makes the converter chips, not the converter devices.
 
Joe Z.
 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems
 

Thanks you guys, appreciated.

I'll get back with a solution if/when it appears. I might just change both ports to FTDI instead of Keyspan.

 

Steve

 


Re: Com port problems

Christopher Erickson
 

In days past, many PC's came with a parallel port and a couple of serial ports on a plug-in ISA bus card.  And for a time an internal modem card was pretty-popular.
 
The original IBM PC BIOS had BIOS calls that supported up to four serial port 8250 UART's.  However the BIOS serial routines were rather slow and limited and by the time the PC-AT came out that most programmers ignored the BIOS routines and started writing directly to the motherboard ISA interface bus to communicate with the serial interface UART's.  I remember the days we had to assign a CPU interrupt number and I/O address to each serial port.  Those were the bad old days.
 
Compaq eventually did a "clean room" clone of the IBM PC BIOS and naturally included the code for serial port communications.  Phoenix, AMD, AMI, Award and others eventually all came out with their own "clean room" IBM PC BIOS clones as well.  Everyone included the serial interface code.
 
Many old laptops had internal modems and one or more serial ports.  Since the laptop internal hardware was all selected by the manufacturer there was usually less conflicts and quirks with laptop peripheral interfaces than desktop interfaces.  However hardware port upgrades and additions were often complicated or impossible.  PCMCIA and CardBus helped a bit but it was never a no-brainer operation.
 
Nowadays the BIOS's of modern PC's simply emulate the old IBM PC serial port routines.  The old PC/XT/AT CPU interrupts and I/O address spaces no longer even exist.
 
Most modern PC's I have inspected do not have the first four COM ports automatically reserved.  There isn't any reason to.  However Prolific and other non-FTDI USB-to-serial adapters all get a COM port assignment when first plugged in and then grab another COM port number when plugged into a different port or a port on a hub.  That is what allows a single Prolific serial adapter on a PC with 4 USB ports and a 4-port USB hub to grab and reserve (and waste) up to 20 different COM port assignments.  One for each possible combination of PC+port+hub+adapter.
 
This is one more big reason why I really-like FTDI products.
 
 
Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:28 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems

Chris,
 
    I suspect that Com1 & Com2 Main serial ports and Com3 & Com4 Auxiliary serial ports are a drag-over from the DOS days and the old IBM-8086 upto IBM-486 days, some four decades ago. The two BIOS program makers, PHOENIX and AMI (American Megatrends, Inc.), incorporated these default assignments automatically into the firmware they wrote (and specialized) for “every PC maker” on the planet, just in case their motherboard might have the capability.
 
    Com1 & Com2 as well as the ubiquitous Parallel Port were essentially reserved by IBM’s specification, since the ancient Intel processor drove those ports directly. The other two, Com3 & Com4 were also reserved in the old BIOS’s, because most users plugged in a UART chip into the motherboard’s dedicated socket to “optionally” add two extra serial ports. So, it was just assumed these FOUR port names were dedicated – any more ports (upto 16 or even 32), could be handled “externally” by dedicated ISA bus option boards, with their own processors (e.g. T.I. chips), and their manufacturer’s  driver software.
 
    I am surprised to still see modern PC’s and laptops “reserving” these four Com ports, when there isn’t even an external connector for them – except for perhaps an ancient technology internal MODEM or Infra Red Transmitter option (for the very old HP printers), which likely would be assigned to Com1.
 
        So, those four “serial”  Com ports are very likely bogus, in the BIOS firmware. Perhaps the BIOS activates these four relics, if the user sets his PC BIOS Default option to “LEGACY Support”, for old DOS devices. In which case, (I suspect),  the user can easily turn OFF the Legacy option and reboot.
 
    At the very least, in response to concerns here, I would go into Windows Control Panel, RECOVERY command and execute a Windows to “Create a New Restore Point”. Once done, you can experiment with Device Manager to disconnect the “in-use” bogus Com3, freeing it up to  reassign it to a useful Astro serial port accessory on the hub. If the experiment doesn’t work, you can always retrace these steps, and use Windows to “Return to the Previous Restore Point” – just takes seconds, and does not affect any user files.
 
Joe Z.


Re: Com port problems

Joe Zeglinski
 

    In addition to Richard’s software recommendation, you might also be interested in an “enhanced” version of the FTDI company’s provided, free download  of “USB VIEW” utility.
 
    However, a far better free download versio - n extended by Ewe Sieber in Germany - improved its information display panel, with added manufacturer data, and can be downloaded free from:
 
 
    He calls his modified version,  “USB Device *** Tree *** Viewer V2.6.0”.
The word TREE differentiates his program from the stock version.
 
    It shows you which USB ports are occupied, by which kind of device, and the side panel lists a huge amount of extra detail, but mostly you want to scan down that list “Device Descriptor”  section which usually gives the attached USB accessory’s Manufacturer Name. The original basic “USB VIEW” did not, and you had to go to the USB Org. website to locate a text file listing  company names and associated hex number ID. Ewe’s software saves you this major effort.
 
    The other thing you want to investigate in the detailed side panel is the “Connection Information” - specifically the USB speed that the attached device is “capable of running”. If you see a USB-1.0 device designation, sitting on a USB port you KNOW is a USB-2.0 (but USB-1 downward compatible), then the speed of any and ALL  USB devices sharing that PC (or external hub) USB Port, will be throttled down to USB-1.0 speed, no matter how fast it actually is designed to run at. That is VERY important, and you should isolate the USB-1.0 device to a different USB socket (or hub) on its own branch of the USB TREE. 
 
    Likewise, if you have a USB-3 device – somewhat rare – like a thumb drive, or a very new technology CCD, you want to make sure it is showing up on the USB-3 branch. Otherwise, it will run at USB-2 speed, or worse USB-1 speed, and you wasted much time at the scope and wasted considerable money on that accessory. In any case, MAKE SURE that the BRANCH, is “specifically” designated at its top section as, for example ...  “Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller”
 
    If you don’t see the attachment as you had expected, just unplug from the USB port and pick another one on the PC, until you have it show up named at the proper speed branch. Too often users have just plugged in a USB-1.0 device along side of a USB-2,  and had everything on that BRANCH drop down from 480 Kbps to USB-1.0 speed of only 12 Kbps !
 
Hope this helps,
Joe Z.
 
 
 

Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 3:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems
 



Hi All

I have found a small utility that is helpful in managing the USB connections to my computers.  It accesses, displays and controls all USB connections.   You can see where you have plugged in/unplugged a device into more than one port showing the dates/time when this occurred. Then you can remove the extra connections assigned by Windows, freeing up "in use" ports.  You will be very surprised to see that most "in use" entries are the same device that you have plugged into different USB Ports on your computer in the past.  The link including use and description is:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

CAUTION: THIS UTILITY IS AVAILABLE ON MANY OTHER WEBSITES WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ATTACHED MALWARE.
                   BE SURE TO SCAN FOR MALWARE BEFORE YOU INVOKE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
 
Richard


On 1/30/2016 11:54, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] wrote:
 
Steve,
 
    Just to clarify ... FTDI is a USB processor CHIP manufacturer – they do NOT make the actual end product devices -  with terrific support for their customers (hardware developers), and in passing, us too.
Meanwhile, KEYSPAN is a series of  specific “FTDI chip implemented” USB-serial converter “products”. manufactured by Tripp Lite.
 
    There are other manufacturers, such as STARTECH,  who also make such devices, and choose to use the FTDI chips. Then again, some others make the same, in fact identical looking USB-Serial converter, implemented with “either” the FTDI chip (good), or the competitor, PROLIFIC chip (terrible).
 
    The bad news is that when you read the back of the package in the store, most companies don’t inform you of which chip is used inside.
 
    So, consider your statement,  to “change both ports to FTDI instead of KEYSPAN”.
FTDI Corp. makes the converter chips, not the converter devices.
 
Joe Z.
 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems
 

Thanks you guys, appreciated.

I'll get back with a solution if/when it appears. I might just change both ports to FTDI instead of Keyspan.

 

Steve

 


Re: Com port problems

Christopher Erickson
 

I like it!
 
However it's a pretty-geeky tool that might not please everyone.
 
 
Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com
 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 10:27 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems


Hi All

I have found a small utility that is helpful in managing the USB connections to my computers.  It accesses, displays and controls all USB connections.   You can see where you have plugged in/unplugged a device into more than one port showing the dates/time when this occurred. Then you can remove the extra connections assigned by Windows, freeing up "in use" ports.  You will be very surprised to see that most "in use" entries are the same device that you have plugged into different USB Ports on your computer in the past.  The link including use and description is:

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/usb_devices_view.html

CAUTION: THIS UTILITY IS AVAILABLE ON MANY OTHER WEBSITES WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE ATTACHED MALWARE.
                   BE SURE TO SCAN FOR MALWARE BEFORE YOU INVOKE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.
 
Richard


On 1/30/2016 11:54, 'Joseph Zeglinski' J.Zeglinski@... [ap-gto] wrote:
 

Steve,
 
    Just to clarify ... FTDI is a USB processor CHIP manufacturer – they do NOT make the actual end product devices -  with terrific support for their customers (hardware developers), and in passing, us too.
Meanwhile, KEYSPAN is a series of  specific “FTDI chip implemented” USB-serial converter “products”. manufactured by Tripp Lite.
 
    There are other manufacturers, such as STARTECH,  who also make such devices, and choose to use the FTDI chips. Then again, some others make the same, in fact identical looking USB-Serial converter, implemented with “either” the FTDI chip (good), or the competitor, PROLIFIC chip (terrible).
 
    The bad news is that when you read the back of the package in the store, most companies don’t inform you of which chip is used inside.
 
    So, consider your statement,  to “change both ports to FTDI instead of KEYSPAN”.
FTDI Corp. makes the converter chips, not the converter devices.
 
Joe Z.
 
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems
 

Thanks you guys, appreciated.

I'll get back with a solution if/when it appears. I might just change both ports to FTDI instead of Keyspan.

 

Steve

 


Re: Com port problems

jimmyjujames
 

I'm running windows 7 and have used the following to remove old com ports but
 I don't think they were in use at the time.

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/6c4a6394-0b01-4ccb-af9b-da172f554796/nonpresent-devices-in-device-manager-not-functioning-in-windows-7?forum=w7itprogeneral

or

Do a google search for

devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices windows 7


Procedure:

cmd (run as administrator)

set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1

start devmgmt.msc

view-- show hidden devices

scroll down and open ports

right click and uninstall old unused com port/s.

Reboot

Jimmy


Re: Com port problems

Christopher Erickson
 

Yes.

Christopher Erickson
Consulting Engineer
Summit Kinetics
Waikoloa, HI 96738
www.summitkinetics.com

 



From: ap-gto@... [mailto:ap-gto@...]
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:18 AM
To: ap-gto@...
Subject: [ap-gto] Re: Com port problems

"The Microsoft "in use" designations are a mostly incorrect, useless and a general PITA."

I couldn't agree more.  So if I know that a com port is not in fact being used, I can reassign a port number to that "in use" port and the device will still work?
joel