[aprssig] IC-706 CT-17 cable

Ray Wells vk2tv at exemail.com.au
Sat Jan 25 18:04:44 EST 2014

On 26/01/14 09:52, Stephen H. Smith wrote:
> On 1/25/2014 4:38 PM, Ray Wells wrote:
>> Yep!
>> The Prolific, manufacturer of the "real" chips, keeps producing updated
>> software to outsmart the Chinese imitators hardware.
>> Windows gets and installs the latest "correct" software, which the 
>> Chinese
>> hardware won't cooperate with. Bugger!
>> Search online for an old version of the "real" software, which will 
>> work with
>> the Chinese hardware. I did this for my Icom IC-R2 scanner, my 
>> Baofeng UV-5R
>> handheld and a "green" mains power monitor. Install the old software 
>> version
>> and instruct Windoze to never update it.
>> The version of software that works for me is Prolific v3.2.0.0 dated 
>> 31-07-2007.
>> Ray vk2tv
> The problem is that the older driver software WON'T WORK with the 
> newer chips on Win7-64.   You install an older driver to make some 
> older device (like a USB<-->Serial dongle, or GPS) work on Win7-64.  
> Then you discover that either:
> A)   The ever-helpful Windows Update installs the latest 
> Microsoft-blessed and sanctioned version that makes your older device 
> stop working
>     -or--
> B)   You get some newer device or cable that won't work with the older 
> driver.  You update the driver (or let Windows Update do it) to make 
> the new device work.  Now the older device stops working.
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It is a bit of a pig in a poke and maybe I was lucky because the old 
driver works on W7-64. I did disable Windows updates of the driver to 
avoid situation A. I haven't struck B yet, probably just a matter of 

Ray vk2tv

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