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USB to Serial Driver not installing

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I have a hand-held GPS which I use for hillwalking.

Recently I purchased a USB to RS232 cable to allow my serial-port GPS to connect to my computer via a USB port. I've used the same cable on my XP machine and it works perfectly.

However, when I install (as Administrator) the supplied Vista driver on my Vista system I meet with no success. I go through the process of installing the driver from the disk supplied and it appears to successfully go through the process all the way to 'Finish'. Almost immediately after this a message pops up from the system tray saying that the driver was not successfully installed and proceeds to search Windows Update without any success. I've directed a search to the driver on the disk but I simply get a message 'Driver not found'. When I plug in the usb later I get a message saying that I need a driver to be installed which has me going through the same procedure again but without any success apart from the driver APPEARING to be successfully installed.

To see if it was just my computer which has the problem I went to my friend's computer which has the Vista OS. I went through the same process on his machine and still was unable to install the driver/get the computer to recognise the installation. As I've said, the whole process works and installs perfectly on WXP when I install the XP driver supplied.

Would anyone have any idea why this installation is unsuccessful? Many thanks.
 

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ilikefree

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My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed
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I've changed the DEP settings and also dragged the driver to the desktop. I then ran the Vista driver installer.exe The same problem still occurs. I go through the installation to the finish and then connect my gps (I've also tried it with the gps connected) but still get the message saying that 'Windows needs to install driver software'. I install again and join the merry-go-round once more. Very frustrating.
 

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ilikefree

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Try using the xp driver and if you have to run it in compatibility mode
 

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    CPU
    Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53GHz
    Motherboard
    LENOVO 64734VM
    Memory
    2.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 531MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    Conexant 20561 SmartAudio HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15 inch
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 800
    Hard Drives
    1x 180GB Intel 530 series SSD
    1 x 120GB Hitachi 5400rmp
    1 x 650GB Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    1x 1Tb Western Digital Elements 5400rpm
    Internet Speed
    Medium for New Zealand
    Other Info
    Weakest part of my computer is the graphics chipset.
    Only ever used a laptop.
    Also use USB Freeview TV Card
    Lenovo Docking Station
    External Speakers
    Other bits a pieces as needed

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