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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Over the weekend, I was given an older notebook computer. It's not USB, it just has a one or two serial ports in the back. There's no room to add a USB card either, (I don't think). Is there such a thing as a Serial to USB adapter? Any other options? I just want to use it to play with the accelerator pump feature on my PCIII for the bike. PCIII is USB only.

It's Windows 98 BTW

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Do you need to ride with the computer on the bike and running? Or is it only for downloading post ride data?

I could probably spot you an older laptop with USB, Eric. I just got a shipment of laptops I'm working on refurbishing for some projects.

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post ride. ride the bike, pull over, plug it in, mess with settings, unplug, ride some more, repeat.

PS I'm not messing with the A/F ratios. Just the accelerator pump stuff. I know better.

The laptop I have is fine for what I need it for. But I won't turn you down Eric. I'll try to bring it to the next Strats

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yes there is a serial to usb adapter....and thats what they call it to

try radio shack. thats where i got mine. i use it to tune my car
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I don't think I've ever seen a serial to usb. But there should be a pc card slot that you can put the adapter in. My old dell has it. If you want I can give you my old dell. LCD screen is a little touchy sometimes though. It's also Win 98, but I put Win 2000 on it.

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OK, I assume you need to load software for the post ride download. What Operating system is the software compatable with? I think I have some Windows 98 and maybe a Windows XP. I could probably force an install of XP on one of these clunker laptops, but it will be painfully slow.

I also have a laptop installed into my cage that I can pull out for you. I used to use it for War Driving...but I've been too lazy to even turn it on.

I'm always glad to help...and really curious how all this works honestly.

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+1 radio shack. I've got one that works well too.
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I'll check out Radio Shack. The PCIII software loaded up fine on Win 98. It's software is pretty cool Raven. You'd like it.

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If Radio Shack is a bust then try Microcenter in westmont. Not sure if the make a Serial to USB. I've used USB to Serial though.
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yes there is a serial to usb adapter....and thats what they call it to

try radio shack. thats where i got mine. i use it to tune my car
They sell cord that allow you to hook up a rs232 (serial) device *TO* a USB port.

Maynard needs the other way around (that I've never encountered), to hook up a USB device *TO* an rs-232 port. I don't believe it can go that way because from USB -> rs232 you are going from something more capable to something less capable. rs232 ports only know send/receive, flow control, DSR/DTR and ground. The cables have a controller in there to do the conversion I believe. There are hack-writeups to re-purpose the chips to do this, but I think it's more trouble than it's worth and probably won't work on win98 (since the writeup is for linux)

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Over the weekend, I was given an older notebook computer. It's not USB, it just has a one or two serial ports in the back. There's no room to add a USB card either, (I don't think). Is there such a thing as a Serial to USB adapter? Any other options? I just want to use it to play with the accelerator pump feature on my PCIII for the bike. PCIII is USB only.

It's Windows 98 BTW
Yes there is such a thing, I bought mine at radio shack or you can get them online. Be sure the package contains the CD Rom (I purchased it for the same reason).
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I'm assuming you have a PCMCIA slot. There is PCMCIA to USB cards out there, and they are pretty fast.
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