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Unable to open serial port

Oct 13, 2010 3:48AM PDT

I am trying to open a virtual serial (usb to serial) port in Hyperterminal and it tells me that it cannot open the COM port. I have tried the exact steps on other computers running Windows 200, XP, and Vista and it works just fine. This means it is not the device and has to be the individual computer, The drivers are loaded correctly, it enumerates and can be seen in device manager on the problem computer. My guess is there is another program blocking me from using it although there are other possibilities. I have tried multiple combinations of rebooting, reinstalling drivers, and killing background processes that may be accessing the virtual serial port.

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Just fixed one like that.
Oct 13, 2010 3:53AM PDT

Turns out the maker had a buggy USB to serial driver. Since you didn't supply details I can't see if there is an updated driver. But do ask them.

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More details.
Oct 13, 2010 9:08AM PDT

It is actually a custom board using an Amtel ATmega32U4 MCU with a USB 2.0 interface. I am using a custom USB CDC stack with a custom .inf driver file. The driver shouldn't be the problem because for one, the code is pretty generic for what I am doing. For two the board communicates fine on other computers with the same driver. It is just very frustrating that I can't figure out why the port won't open on this one specific computer. It has to be either a conflict with another program or some changed setting, but I can't find it. Thanks for the response though.

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