[time-nuts] usb serial converter

Christopher Quarksnow cquarksnow at gmail.com
Wed Jun 15 14:09:18 UTC 2011

Just to set the record straight about DOS not supporting USB :


On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 20:25, <lists at lazygranch.com> wrote:

> Just a side note here should it ever come up, those usb serial converters
> don't work in DOS. DOS doesn't support USB. You can kind of get them working
> in the so-called DOS window of 32 bit windows, but many DOS apps won't work
> because DOS allowed from direct control of the port and windows gets in the
> way.
> For a while, I was getting away with a Socketcom pcmcia serial port and
> open DOS (or maybe Free DOS, I forget. My next notebook had cardbus which I
> guess needs a 32 bit driver.
> Over the years I have picked up various Socketcom serial cards at flea
> markets or surplus shops should anyone wish to know what operating systems
> support them. I also have the DOS TSRs to run the cards. Socketcom never had
> them on their website, so I had to buy a used card on ebay to get the
> software.
> One of the annoying things is Dell provides a hardware serial port if you
> buy a docking station, but no way to just get a serial port by itself using
> the docking port. Well at least that I know of.
> _______________________________________________
> time-nuts mailing list -- time-nuts at febo.com
> To unsubscribe, go to
> https://www.febo.com/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/time-nuts
> and follow the instructions there.

More information about the time-nuts mailing list