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Where To Get Usb To Serial


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#1 thrillhouse

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:18 PM

I need to connect to a serial port from my computer which doesn't have one. Can someone tell me what to get and where I could find one cheaply?

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 11:39 PM

If you have a spare PCI slot you might try something like this.

Edited by dc3, 26 March 2008 - 11:50 PM.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:05 AM

no, I didn't explain the problem clearly. This is a laptop with usb connections, but no serial port. I need to connect to a serial port on another machine so I need some sort of adapter but the only one I have found is a 6' cable from radio shack for $30. All I need is something like this but I need it immediately from a store.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:25 AM

If you need it immediately you are going to have to shop your local stores and get what is available there.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 10:11 AM

Maplins have these for sale but i dunno if you have a store near you, seem to be popular so a local PC shop should stock them, might cost a bit more but if you need it you need it
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:33 PM

Thanks guys. You are right Steve, I do need it so I'll have to bite the bullet. Office Depot has them on there site for $20 but I'll check some of the mom and pop computer places. I just realized I need an unknown power adapter for my project too, that's why I'm trying to keep costs down.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 12:49 PM

just out of curiosity what is this "project"?
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 01:06 PM

tuning my car's ecu via pc. Tim Allen/Caveman voice: MORE POWER!!! I need to adjust boost, fuel delivery, ignition timing, and check the air fuel ratio and knock sensor data and so on and so forth. I have what's called a piggyback ecu which interrupts the signal going to the ecu so you can change the settings but retain the computer the car came with thus saving about $500 for a standalone and have a good idle and start in cold and other street car necessities. This car is my daily driven Subaru WRX.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 02:00 PM

nice project! lol

deffinatly worth a little running around for tha sake of saving the $500 tho

all the best with it mate and let us know how you get on with the usb to serial cable for future reference
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:05 PM

thank you sir, will do!




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