serial port to USB adapter that works on an iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Hoya1, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Hoya1 macrumors newbie

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    I've got an old Palm Vx that, before I recently bought my iMac, was synced to a PC using a cradle w/a cable that connects into a serial port. The iMac obviously has no serial ports, so I looked online and found a USB to Serial adapter cable - brand was Cables to Go. BUT, it doesn't seem to work - I've not yet achieved a recognized connection on the iMac, and the cable documentation talks only about Windows. Anyone have any suggestions for cables specifically designed to work with an iMac?
     
  2. djc6 macrumors 6502

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  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

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    You can find this driver http://sourceforge.net/projects/osx-pl2303 which supports a host of adapters and find the right one IRL.

    Personally, I am using this FTDI driver, http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm, with the Arvel SRC06-USB adapter and *nix utility screen to connect.

    The bottom, just need to know which chip sits inside the adapter.

    Or, check the Apple store or OWC which sells supported adapters for sure.
     
  4. Hoya1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! :) I'll try downloading a driver first, and if that doesn't work will upgrade to the Keyspan adapter - at least I found that Buy.com has it for under $30.
     
  5. ADent macrumors 6502a

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    I used the USA-19HS with my old Palm Pilot for years. There was an issue of drivers at some point (when I went to 10.4?), but it worked for years later.
     

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