[TenTec] OT: USB to Serial interface

geoffrey mendelson geoffreymendelson at gmail.com
Wed Mar 2 22:42:43 PST 2011

On Mar 3, 2011, at 7:44 AM, Kim Elmore wrote:
> I'll look for that, though I've never run across anything like that
> before.  I have no FDD in this machine and so disabled the FDD in the
> BIOS. Maybe it's something I did in the BIOS, though I think the FDD
> has been disabled since I put this machine in service.

There is a known bug in XP/SP3 and it's support of USB devices. One  
system I have has it, and there is no way I can get rid of, even after  
trying everything I could find on the net. It manifests itself on my  
system as having to unplug the mouse and plug it into another port  
each time I boot.

I did actually fix it once, and then the hard drive crashed. When I  
restored the system from a backup, the problem re-appeared. I looked  
at my notes, but obviously did not record the fix (or the exact  
combination) of fixes that fixed it.

It's an old computer, so it's stuck on XP. In order to upgrade to 1G  
ram, it would cost me as much as a new dual core computer with 2g RAM,  
to upgrade to 2G RAM, I could buy a new computer with a dual core  
processer, 4G or RAM and Windows 7.

I probably will have to do something anyway, with a single core  
processor and 512M RAM, it's slow as molasses now.


Geoffrey S. Mendelson,  N3OWJ/4X1GM
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to misquote it.

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