[rescue] OT: "Serial port"-less laptop.. Options?

james james at jdfogg.com
Mon Jan 17 22:24:26 CST 2005

On Mon, 2005-01-17 at 23:11, David Vincelli wrote:
> I have a "modern" laptop. The designers seemed to think it was a good
> idea to do without a serial port. I have USB and cardbus/pcmcia and a
> crappy winmodem for good measure (Lucent LTMODEM on pci0, dev 16). I
> want a serial port and I want to access it like a regular serial port
> under DOS. Preferably, it would show up as COM1 or COM2. I doubt the
> USB adapters would make this possible. So, pcmcia might work. Does
> anyone out there know?

Not unless pcmcia drivers are available for DOS. Of course, do you
really *have* DOS on your laptop? If you have XP instaled you don't
really have DOS and lots of DOS apps will break.

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