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Old 12-31-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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I purchased a wideband cable from Busted Finger and am having trouble getting the drivers installed. BFM has been super helpful with tutorials and other instructions, but figured I'd post here as well - maybe someone has ran into this before.

I am running windows XP. The serial plug is installed in the car, but the USB/Serial cable is here in my apartment. I don't know if they need to be connected for the install to work or if I have to be in the car for the install to work.

Anyway...my laptop installs its own drivers before I can manually install them. Because of that I have to update the drivers after they are installed by windows.

From his install thread once the install is complete, in the device manager you will have two drivers installed. No matter what I do, I can't get the second driver to show up like he has.

Here is what I see in my device manager when the cable is installed.


The second of the two is removed when I unplug the wideband cable, the other is always there. If I try to add either of the new manual drivers to the COM5 option, I get an error stating those aren't viable files for that hardware type.

If I try the manual drivers on the COM1 port it gives me a code 10 and then the port is no longer usable - it has a yellow exclamation mark next to it. The only way to fix it is to roll back the driver.

Any ideas on how to get this working?
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:05 PM   #2
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Have you solved this issue? I am having the exact same problem, although I am using Windows 7. For the life of me, BOTH devices will not show up. The only thing that appears is under "Ports (COM & LPT)", and the device is "USB-SERIAL CH340 (COM7)"

I cannot communicate with my Innovate LC-1
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:28 PM   #3
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Firstly, I don't think the second driver for the USB serial converter or whatever necessarily shows up for each PC, I think they're all unique in respect to that issue. At least it was for me, I had no issues getting mine to work WITHOUT that showing up in my device manager.

However, I had a rather difficult time getting the serial converter from BFM to connect on my pc as well. One thing to keep in mind (little tip from the prolific site) is that often these cables have issues connecting (code 10) because they are cheap knockoffs and don't carry authetic chips from manufacturers of the drivers. Check ebay, same looking cables as you get from BFM are on there for 5 bucks - these cables retail for 25-30 from a store. So after I spent 6 hours trying different drivers all over the web with no luck, I went out the next morning and bought a USB to serial cable (it was called a USB to PDA) from best buy which worked with the prolific driver that came included on a disc with the cable. Granted, it was 30 bucks. Now I'm not sure what made things work. If it was the specific driver (looks to be the same prolific 2303 driver that comes in the BFM driver pack) or the cable itself - I never tested the BFM cable afterwards.

I'll try the old cable I got from BFM later to test if somehow the drivers I got were the trick. If so, I'll upload them and make them available. Otherwise I'd recommend just heading to the store to buy a legitimate converter.
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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Firstly, I don't think the second driver for the USB serial converter or whatever necessarily shows up for each PC, I think they're all unique in respect to that issue. At least it was for me, I had no issues getting mine to work WITHOUT that showing up in my device manager.

However, I had a rather difficult time getting the serial converter from BFM to connect on my pc as well. One thing to keep in mind (little tip from the prolific site) is that often these cables have issues connecting (code 10) because they are cheap knockoffs and don't carry authetic chips from manufacturers of the drivers. Check ebay, same looking cables as you get from BFM are on there for 5 bucks - these cables retail for 25-30 from a store. So after I spent 6 hours trying different drivers all over the web with no luck, I went out the next morning and bought a USB to serial cable (it was called a USB to PDA) from best buy which worked with the prolific driver that came included on a disc with the cable. Granted, it was 30 bucks. Now I'm not sure what made things work. If it was the specific driver (looks to be the same prolific 2303 driver that comes in the BFM driver pack) or the cable itself - I never tested the BFM cable afterwards.

I'll try the old cable I got from BFM later to test if somehow the drivers I got were the trick. If so, I'll upload them and make them available. Otherwise I'd recommend just heading to the store to buy a legitimate converter.
Thank you so much for your response. This is my second USB --> Serial converter cable. I bought one on Newegg for $10 that uses a Prolific chipset, then I bought the BFM cable. I was seriously looking at buying an old laptop on Craigslist with a Serial port just to get around this issue.

If you find the cable and driver please let me know. I am using Win7 64bit.

Thanks!
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Tested the BFM cable and no luck :-/ code 10.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:53 PM   #6
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Have an if you called or spoken with anyone from BFM?

I sent an email and got a quick response with pictures...
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:43 AM   #7
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At the time I wasn't about trying to figure something else out with the BFM cable, I tried for 6 or 7 hours on three different laptops with all the drivers I could find on the net. I wanted to move on with my tuning, not wait to get a 5 dollar cable to work Though I will contact BFM to at least let them know of my troubles - intended to last week but forgot, noticing this thread was a reminder.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:05 PM   #8
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Thought I would update. I was never able to get the BFM serial/USB cable to work with my LC1. I ended up installing an AEM Uego wideband last summer and it worked just fine. No problems. Until..... the other day it just stopped working. I have no idea what happened, but when I plug in the BFM serial/USB cable windows doesn't recognize it under COM3 or COM7 anymore, nothing, nada. So I'm basically doing WOT logs and video recording my wideband with my cell phone to send to my tuner.

Anyone have this problem before? Can the chipset just burn up and quit working?
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:14 PM   #9
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Thought I would update. I was never able to get the BFM serial/USB cable to work with my LC1. I ended up installing an AEM Uego wideband last summer and it worked just fine. No problems. Until..... the other day it just stopped working. I have no idea what happened, but when I plug in the BFM serial/USB cable windows doesn't recognize it under COM3 or COM7 anymore, nothing, nada. So I'm basically doing WOT logs and video recording my wideband with my cell phone to send to my tuner.

Anyone have this problem before? Can the chipset just burn up and quit working?
My serial to usb is a bytecc and it's worked for years. Love little electrical projects, jumper blocks are getting replaced with DIP switches or rockers soon too.
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