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i have a little problem with an older ham radio and its computer interface. it all revolves around the need for many serial ports, port speed and pulling an old machine out of mothballs.
the setup i am attempting requires four serial ports. not only that, they need to be SLOW. my first attempt was with a laptop that had a serial port and i added usb to serial converters. all three of the usb/serial converters were different brands (a trick i learned last time i needed lots of serial ports) but no matter how i tried, there was always some issue or another.
next try was with an old p3. it had two serial ports and i added a card with two more. no joy with that because one of the devices i was trying to interface with just couldn't handle the speed of the ports. yes, i tried turning down the baud rate but i still encountered issues.
so now i went into the archives and pulled out the proper machine for the task out of the archives. i had an old dell xps166 pentium 1 machine that has 5 serial ports on the back and always ran good back in the day. i blew the dust out of it, found a monitor for it and fired it up. the windows ME (yes, can ya'll believe we actually used that stuff) screen cam right up and i thought all was well. since the machine predates usb everything has to be loaded via floppy or CD.
i have the correct software to do what i need, written for ME, on a CD. all i need to do is load it and this should work. the only problem is the CD drive will not read a disk. i thought it was an easy fix and ran to the store for a new drive. the only thing they had on the shelf, in fact anyone local, were high speed CD/DVD writers.
i bought a pioneer DVR-1910LS because it was the cheapest thing on the shelf. i installed it, fired up the machine and had to call "no joy" on the first try. i changed the jumper and tried again. once again "no joy". on the third try of movning the jumper, the machine recognized the drive, "hooray" but locked up before it finished loading ME. I have tried monkeying around in the bios, kicking it, almost even said a curse word but still it is not functioning.
when i unplug the drive, the machine starts up perfectly. when i install the old drive it starts up correctly but will not read any disks. the program i need to install is too big to put on a floppy, i tried adding a usb but the machine really freaked since the bios doesn't support that new fangled stuff.
i can't help but think that there has to be a way to make the new drive work. it ain't nuthin but an optical drive. seems like it should work but i am not apparently able to make it happen without help. anyone have any ideas for getting the new drive to work in a 15 year old machine? all help is appreciated.