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Configure usb port for com1

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November 28, 2012 6:29:30 PM

I have a HP mini (netbook) - I need to reconfigure a USB port to act as a COM port. I'm trying to hook up a surveying instrument to the netbook and the survey instrument will only pass data (in/out) through the COM1 port. The netbook only has USB ports. I know it is possible to do it because I did it several years ago - I just can't remember how I did it.
November 28, 2012 6:36:32 PM

You need a USB-Serial adapter. A USB port can not be used as a serial port as is.
November 28, 2012 7:09:54 PM

I have an adapter cable. I just need to be able to "rename" the port COM1 - that is the port that the survey instrument looks for in order to transfer data.
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November 28, 2012 7:22:09 PM
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You should have stated that in the original post, it would have saved time.

1. Open Device Manager
2. Expand the Ports (COM & LPT) list
3. Right-click on the COM: port you wish to reassign and choose "Properties"
4. Select the "Port Settings" tab
5. Click the "Advanced" button
6. Locate the "COM Port Number" drop down (most likely bottom left) and change it to what you want it to be.

If you see "(in use)" next to the port you wish to use it means that there is already an assigned port that will need to be reassigned before you can use it.
November 28, 2012 8:13:56 PM

Thank You!
November 28, 2012 8:14:40 PM

Best answer selected by jlh6473.
December 1, 2012 8:31:48 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
You need a USB-Serial adapter. A USB port can not be used as a serial port as is.

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December 1, 2012 8:35:01 PM

ex_bubblehead said:
You need a USB-Serial adapter. A USB port can not be used as a serial port as is.

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