USB-to-Serial Cable for Mac running Windows?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by noobforlife, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. noobforlife macrumors newbie

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    Can anyone recommend a USB-Serial cable to use on a Mac running Windows?

    My Keyspan USA-19 works perfectly running under the OS X and on Windows machines. But, when I try downloading firmware from our mac pro running Windows to a board my son and I are messing with, I get validation errors. (For various reasons I don't fully understand, I need to be doing this download from Windows. I have tried doing it from OS X and no go).

    Thanks!
     
  2. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    Anything based off of the Prolific PL-2303 or FTDI FT232* series chipsets should work without any issues; these are the two I primarily use for serial communication with several different boards.

    Here is one (newegg.com) that uses the Prolific chipset.
     
  3. operator207 macrumors 6502

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    ac-usbs by airlink has been my "get into any console" device for the last 3 years. Mainly cisco equipment, and its worked fine in windows, but on a windows laptop, not on my MBP. I only have XP in VMware, not native, so I am not sure how me testing it would help. If you want though, tell me, and I will test it at work tomorrow on some cisco equipment. I imagine it will pass for what I use it for. I am not sure how it would work with what your doing though.
     
  4. noobforlife thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Operator:

    Here is the link to what we are making:

    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2007/09/make_a_pocket_led_cube_we_1.html

    The critical step is when we "make program-ledcube". The Mac's c-compiler does not support the binary format used in their code. Below is an array of bits showing what to turn on in a 3 x 3 cube of LEDs (the last field is the duration).

    { 0b000, 0b000, 0b000, 0b000, 0b110, 0b110, 0b000, 0b110, 0b110, 50000 },

    for my Mac Pro running windows and Keyspan usb-serial converter, I get a validation error: the program written does not match the program read.

    If there's a way for you to test that, awesome. But, don't spend too much time on it.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Guiyon macrumors 6502a

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    What are you using to compile the code with? I'm assuming it's WinAVR since the source looks like pretty standard AVR-based C. Could you post more of the output from AVRDUDE when it's failing?
     

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