Serial to USB Cable?

Discussion in 'Wii - Hacking' started by nightwalker, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. nightwalker
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    nightwalker GBAtemp Regular

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    If i use a Serial to USB Cable for the programmer...will i still be able to write to the PIC through my USB connector?

    Thanks
     
  2. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    No, it won't work.

    Do you have a desktop computer? If so, I have a PCI expansion card that provides two serial ports that work for PIC programmers. I was using it myself but have another solution now so I'm selling it. $11USD shipped for USA orders. Since you're in Canada I might have to tack on another buck or two. It's a card exactly like this one:
    http://psx-scene.com/forums/redirect-to/?r...271%2Findex.php
     
  3. nightwalker
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    nightwalker GBAtemp Regular

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    no i was jsut wondering if i should get a
    serial to serial extension cord or get a usb to serial cord...so i can connect it to my wii-boss when i get it from DX

    since you know...most new mobo nowadays dont include serial ports anymore

    would the serial to serial extension cord work??? or will i have to have direct connection between my computer and the wii-boss programmer?
     
  4. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    If your computer already has a serial port that's great! I just assumed since you were asking about a USB-serial converter that you didn't already have one. Of course a serial extension cable will work just fine for projects like this. I use one myself. The reason I have the PCI expansion card is because I didn't think my motherboard had a serial port. Turns out it does and I just needed to install it, that's why I can sell the card now. Since you already have a serial port though you are all set.
     
  5. lanleague

    lanleague GBAtemp Regular

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    So there is no way for a laptop user to program chips?
     
  6. Hooya

    Hooya GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Well, sure there is but you ain't gonna like it. You can buy or build a dedicated USB programmer. Something like this:
    http://www.mcmanis.com/chuck/robotics/projects/pic-pgrm.html
    However, these are significantly more expensive and complicated to build or buy. For a desktop user it's cheaper to buy a PCI serial card like mine and build a serial programmer rather than do this. For a laptop user... Find a desktop computer you can use...
     
  7. jeklnoo

    jeklnoo GBAtemp Fan

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    what's wrong with usb->serial? as long as the usb driver makes it appear like a standard serial port, it should work fine, right?
     
  8. helba

    helba Advanced Member

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    voltage difference, usb uses less voltage.
     
  9. Hols

    Hols Newbie

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