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I am having trouble trying to get my BS3 to communicate with my laptop. I am using Windows 7 and I am reading that people are using Vista.Could this be the problem? I have also used 2 different 9 pin serial to usb cables with no luck so far. I am not really good with computers so that doesn't help either. I have also read that some cables come with software for the cables too which I do not have the software for them as I grabbed the cables from a friend to try.This maybe the problem also but not sure. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
 

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Is it 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7? Click on the windows button, then right click on the computer button, go to properties and you will see if it is 32 or 64.

I have had no issues with 32 bit Windows 7 and the BS3.

Also, what com port is your serial to usb picking up? Most new computers list them as a really high number so you may need to reassign the cable.
 

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I use 32-bit Windows 7 with no problems either.

You can also go to the hardware manager and you might be able to get a preview of what com port you are attaching to by plugging the USB cable in and then removing it to see which "device" keeps appearing and disappearing and looking at its properties to see which COM port you are on. From there you will always know which COM port to tell the BS3 software to look for.
 

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I checked the computer and it's a 64 bit system. Do you think this is going to be a problem. When I connect the cable it keeps telling me comm port not available. When I click OK it goes to the synchronizing screen and when i try to change the ComPort it shows that none of the 10 comports have been detected. I am going to check a few more things mentioned here today...I will let you guys know how I make out.
 

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The usb to serial adapter will need drivers. Find out the manufacture and DL off their website. As far as 64 bit goes i am not sure but i will waiting to see if it works for you, all my laptops are 64 bit and i will need to hook to BS3 here soon.
 

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From what I gathered today windows 7 and 64 bit will not work with a serial port to usb cable. Why, I have no idea why but I am guessing that a 64 bit system is too new I guess lol. (Hey tell me a 32 bit system will read a serial to usb. So if I can't find a 9 pin serial port laptop with vista,I am going to un-install the 64bit and install the 32bit and see what happens.
 

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I have another ? on an external shift light. I installed one and it's running off the racepak. When I turn power on in car should the racepak do a bulb check? Just checking cause it doesn't light up for a second like the one in my other car. The other car doesn't have a racepak, it has an autometer tach with light. Thanks
 

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I have another ? on an external shift light. I installed one and it's running off the racepak. When I turn power on in car should the racepak do a bulb check? Just checking cause it doesn't light up for a second like the one in my other car. The other car doesn't have a racepak, it has an autometer tach with light. Thanks
Sounds like you have it wired backwards, flip the wires and you should be good to go.
 
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