Yahoo! News Story - Floppy Disk Becoming Relic of the Past (fwd)

From: Doc Shipley <>
Date: Mon Sep 20 09:39:26 2004

John Foust wrote:
> I recently tried a Belkin USB-to-serial and a second brand (Amb-something)
> on my Win2000 box in hopes of delivering an extra serial port for
> my old Palm III. No go! Both blue-screened when Palm Desktop
> tried to access the serial port. I suspect that either my motherboard
> USB is blown or the drivers didn't like a dual-processor machine.

   Try Keyspan. Depending on what you need, they go reasonably cheaply
on eBay. I've used one to provide VTserver, and have quite a few
friends who use theirs for console access to Sparcs, RS/6000, and Alphas
from portless laptops.

> There are PCMCIA to serial adapters, no? And we'll be able to
> insert PCI serial cards as long as PCI is around.

   Be very careful - look up some user experiences - with the PCI serial
adapters. Some of them are very Windows-only.

Received on Mon Sep 20 2004 - 09:39:26 BST

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