hp usb to serial cable, work for mac?

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  1. jamka macrumors newbie

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  2. evildead macrumors 65816

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    its just a cable

    It shouldnt matter what platform you are using... it should work. I have used similar serial to USB connectors with Solaris and Linux (not with a Mac personaly.. but its the same thing)
     
  3. idkew macrumors 68020

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    if you are looking for a usb -> serial adapter, keyspan makes one. i have it. i bought it on eBay for $20. works great, even through virutal pc. it is called a usb pda adapter. they also have a better one, but it costs more, and is faster.
     
  4. backspinner macrumors 6502a

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    It needs drivers. These are not always available for OS X.

    www.dontronics.com/usb_232.html has a converter for which very recently OS X drivers have become available. It's $40, shipping included.

    The drivers from www.ftdichip.com install a network handler. That way you can use it as an external serial pipe or like the infrared port on some powerbooks.
     
  5. jamka thread starter macrumors newbie

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    alright. the reason i ask is becuase i recently (today) bought a palm m105 from my friend. i didn't realize until i had bought it that he has a pc and gave me a serial dock thing. i am sort of trying to hook it up to my 7100/80 via an old serial to scsi adaptor that i found. that didn't work so i jacked on a scsi to thing-that-looks-like-adb-but-isn't geo port or whatever. the modem port. that isn't really working either, but at least it'l start up w/ that hooked up; opposed to the straight scsi which forbid my comp to boot up. ANYWAY.

    that was a long unnesscesary story. now for some questions: would an adaptor be cheaper than a usb hot link dock or whatever it's called? also, once you have it all hooked up, how do you make it work it up? do you just press that button? i did and it said that it wasn't working. what happens if it does work? can you just drag and drop stuff onto the palm? any suggestions?
     
  6. evildead macrumors 65816

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    palm makes one

    palm makes a USB to serial Sync kit... I think its called a "MacKit" It comes with the converter. I think they make docs that are USB now too... I dont know why anyone uses Serial Ports for stuff like that. Serial Ports on Servers and managed switchs is fine.. but for consumer products? Why bother
     
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