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post #521 of 523 (permalink) Old 13-12-2016, 21:18
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So, just to be clear, TOAF should be connected to COM3 on my laptop?

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post #522 of 523 (permalink) Old 14-12-2016, 08:46
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In my experience I just run TOAF and it seems to select the available port. When I first had connection problems I tried selecting the port but it didnít improve things, now I just start the programme and donít bother with port selection.

French Mikeís screenshots above say heís connected via port 9. Iíve some saved screenshots where on one occasion I was connected to port 5 but then on another occasion port 1, without manually assigning ports.

Sorry, but as a very long term Mac user I understand little of this business of port selection. By all means try port 3 but I believe it would be a mistake to say that TOAF has to use port 3 (as shown above). Maybe someone with more insight into the mysteries of Windows might comment Ö.
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As I understand it (which doesn't mean a lot), the COM port is assigned by the operating system to any new RS232 device attached to the computer. It means you can end up with a long list if assignments for devices you may never use again and this can lead to problems. I have a device that requires the COM port number to be a single digit, yet the system assignes it to COM 10 or above. To fix this, there is a simple way to remove redundant COM port assignments.

The port number assigned to any connected device can be seen by going into the Device Manager interface.

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