I have an Altera DE2-115 with an RS232 port. I also have a USB-to-RS232 cable with the connector like this. One is male and the other is female, so they should fit just fine. However, I cannot get them to connect physically due to the protruding screws by the sides.
I can physically unscrew the metal bits on the Altera board, and these connectors would then connect just fine. However, is this a good idea? Will it damage the board somehow?