FAQ: Configuring Connect Settings

   
 

First, you will need to view (and possibly configure) your computer's Serial Ports with the Windows Device Manager.

1. Open Windows Device Manager

If you are using Windows 2K/XP:

  • Click the Windows Key + Pause
  • Click the Hardware Tab
  • Click Device Manager

If you are using Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10:

  • Click the Windows Key + Pause
  • Click Device Manager

2a. To Use Native (built-in) Serial Port
  • Look for the Ports (COM & LPT) category, then expand it
  • Look for the entry which contains a COMX designation (X is the Serial Port number) and note the COM Port number (ignore any LPT entries).
  • Note the COM Port number
  • Open MicroBase Professional
  • Select Options - Connect Settings, select the desired COM Port number, then click OK
  • Use the 1311 Cable to connect your MicroVib II to the designated COM Port.

Note: If the Ports (COM & LPT) category does not exist, or if there are no COMX entries shown, then your computer does not have a working RS-232 Serial Port and you need to use the next section.

 


  2b. To Use A Virtualized (add-on) Serial Port

Note: In this section, the term "I/O Cable" refers to either the I/O Cable 2145 or the combination of I/O Cable 1311 + 1871 USB to RS-232 Adapter.
  • Connect I/O Cable: Connect the I/O Cable to an available USB port. If this is the first time the I/O Cable has been attached to your PC, check to make sure you have an Internet connection and then wait a few minutes to see if Windows indicates it is installing the appropriate Device driver.
  • Check For COM Ports: In the Windows Device Manager, look for the Ports (COM & LPT) category, then expand it
  • Look for an entry which contains a COMX designation (X is the Serial Port number) and note the COM Port number (ignore any LPT entries)
  • If Two Or More COM Ports: To determine if a COM Port entry corresponds to the connected I/O Cable, disconnect the I/O Cable from your PC and note if the COM Port entry disappears from the list. If it does so, reconnect the I/O Cable and the related entry should re-appear (you may have to re-open the category in order to see it).

No COM Port Entry: If there is no Ports (COM & LPT) category, or there are no COM Port entries listed under that category, then the driver intended to create the Virtualized COM Port is either not installed, or is not installed properly. If this is the case, try re-installing the driver. If this doesn't help, you can download a fresh copy of the driver from our downloads page and manually install it using the steps in section 2c below.

COM Port Number: MicroBase Pro only supports COM Port numbers in the range of 1-9. If your COM Port entry uses a number outside of this range, try opening the properties of the driver and then using the advanced configuration to select an unused COM Port number in the appropriate range. If all of the supported COM Port numbers are in use by other devices (rare), then you will need to uninstall one or more of the drivers, and then try to reconfigure the COM Port number again. 

 


 

2c. To Manually Install The FTDI Driver

Note: In this section, the term "I/O Cable" refers to either the I/O Cable 2145 or the combination of I/O Cable 1311 + 1871 USB to RS-232 Adapter.

If Windows cannot install the FTDI driver automatically, it can be installed using the steps below:

  • Obtain FTDI Driver: Copy the FTDI driver zipfile from www.dssmicro.com (or from MBP disk) to the Windows desktop.
  • Copy Driver: Copy the contents of the zipfile to an empty folder on your desktop (example, "FTDI").
  • Connect I/O Cable: Connect the I/O Cable to an available USB port.
  • Check For Other Devices: Open the Windows Device Manager window and look for an entry under "Other Devices".
  • Update Driver: Right click on the entry and select Update Driver Software.
  • Locate Driver: Tell Windows to look for the driver in the folder you created (example: "FTDI").
  • Verify COM Port: Once driver installation is complete, use the steps in section 2b above to obtain the COM Port number.

 


3. Configure MicroBase Professional Connect Settings
  • Open MicroBase Professional
  • Select Options - Connect Settings, select the desired COM Port number, then click OK
  • Use the 1311 Cable to connect your MicroVib II to the designated COM Port.

 

 

 

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