7247RE: [BCD396XT] USB Serial Adapters (was Re: Firmware update issue)
- Jan 12, 2013Just updated the BCD396XT firmware without any problem. I am using Windows
7 Home Premium and the USB to Scanner cable that came with my BCD996XT.
Boykin Roseborough, N2CP
From: BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BCD396XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Robert Terzi
Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 11:17 AM
Subject: [BCD396XT] USB Serial Adapters (was Re: Firmware update issue)
> Well I have been trying to update my drivers for a few hours tonight andit does not
> seem to be working... :( Should I try to get a whole new serial-to-usbcable? Any chance that that would help?
Dan Simon wrote:
> so I may just order one online for $10. We'll see. Thanks for the input.I didn't see a mention what OS your are running and a few other details that
determine if this is your problem or not.
However, many people have been experiencing problems with Windows 7 and
knockoffs of the Prolific USB serial adapter that you see cheaply available
for $10 and less.
A somewhat recent update to the Prolific driver which Windows Update will
install attempts to detect the non-genuine chips and prevent them from
This causes a set the situation a cable setup that previously worked is no
recognized and the com port goes away.
Here's one guide to dealing with Prolific drivers:
(for more google for "prolific error 10 windows 7)
NOTE: If you are going to go through the exercise of buying another USB to
I strongly suggest that you spend more than $10 and find one that is based
FTDI USB serial chip. FTDI will be in the description of the cable from most
reputable places. It will cost $15-25 instead of $10 or less, but you will
a lot less time doing trial an error with drivers. The better cables also
to have better voltage level converters which tends to make things more
Hope this helps,
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