[aprssig] Before You Install Windows 10 (Or even if you don't want to) Read This

Randy Allen ka0azs at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 18 10:56:02 EDT 2015

Thanks Lynn and Greg for your replies.

I have a major public service event this weekend, so it might be a while 
before I can test this.



On 9/18/2015 10:19, Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) wrote:
> From http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/doc:linux (contributed by KB8RCO):
>>   * *HARDWARE:*
>>     Now let's setup the connections to ports for RF access.
>> Windows refers to serial ports as COM#. Linux refers to them as ttyS#
>> or ttyUSB# under the /dev directory. You access the device as a file
>> in the /dev directory . Since WINE needs access from a specific
>> directory, you create a link to the /dev/{device} you want to access.
>> This requires a 'unique link' for each port number that you want to
>> connect to. To create a functional link that WNIE can use:
>> ln -s /dev/ttyS0 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com1
>> ln -s /dev/ttyUSB0 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com2
>> The first link command is to the FIRST physical serial port (typically
>> 9-pin D-sub) and the second link command is to the FIRST USB to com
>> port. NOTE the device numbering starts at ZERO.
>> CATCH: USB devices are dynamic and can change. I have experienced a
>> USB to Serial device that hangs and Linux does some sort of retry
>> which may cause the number to change. Since each 'brand' of Linux has
>> different ways of resolving this (UDEV for example), you should
>> consult your brand for details.
>> Some versions of WINE require a Windows Registry entry to map the
>> files to the comm ports
>> The Windows Registry is a simple text file. You can edit the file and
>> search to see if you need to add the description. More info at Wine
>> Registry <http://wiki.jswindle.com/index.php/Wine_Registry>.
>> The file to modify can be found using the WINE
>> > Application > Browse C: Drive {This is like WinFile}
>> open the windows directory
>> find regedit.exe
>> This may help your see if the info is there, but I recommend using a
>> text editor to
>> add the required lines in the text file as described below:
>> > Application > Browse C: Drive {This is like WinFile}
>> Then go back 2 directories to .wine
>> or ~/.wine
>> the file name is system.reg. Copy and past the lines below (corrected
>> for your ports)
>> "COM1"="COM1"
>> "COM2"="COM2"
>> I added them to the top (and yes with quotes).
>> Your user name needs to be added to the dialout group in Linux to gain
>> access to the hardware.
>> This can be done through the 'USER and GROUPS' which is usually found
>> in the 'Administration' menu (recommended method). Just go to 'Manage
>> Groups', choose the dialout group and make sure the check box next to
>> your username is checked.
>> You can also edit the /etc/group file as root (or sudo) with a text
>> editor and manually add your user name at the end of the line:
>> dialout:x:20:{your user name here}
> Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Author of APRSISCE for Windows Mobile and Win32
> On 9/18/2015 8:57 AM, Randy Allen via aprssig wrote:
>> I tried this a few years ago using Mint, but was never able to
>> establish a link between Wine and a com port to connect to my MFJ 1270
>> TNC.  The internet connection worked fine, but I want an RF tool, not
>> another internet only appliance in the shack.  To me APRS-IS
>> functionality is a secondary and not a critical feature.
>> It's been a few years and I realize I don't have details here, but is
>> there someplace with a simple step by step in connecting to com ports
>> through Wine?
>> On 9/18/2015 00:29, Greg D via aprssig wrote:
>>> +1
>>> Been using it this way for several years on my OpenSuSE Linux machines.
>>> Greg  KO6TH
>>> Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) via aprssig wrote:
>>>> Oh, and APRSISCE/32 runs just fine under Wine.  See:
>>>> http://aprsisce.wikidot.com/doc:linux
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