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I am not seeing anything on a port in realterm though it is properly sending the data through the port. Anyone run into a similar situation? What am I doing wrong?

I am using a C8051F120 developers kit, a RS232 to USB converter, and realterm. On the 8051 I have an example program running that mirrors input received on the input. I have seen the data received then sent on the DB-9 end of the converter using an o-scope, but I haven't seen anything show up on realterm. The converter was working for a different project so it should be good.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ For an initial test you could try shorting pins 2 & 3 on the RS232-USB adapter to make sure things echo back (and stop when you remove the wire). \$\endgroup\$ – PeterJ Nov 10 '13 at 23:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ I tried that too not knowing if it'd work, but still didn't get anything in realterm. \$\endgroup\$ – Jason Nov 10 '13 at 23:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ That makes it sound like it's a USB adapter problem unless hardware flow control is enabled in RealTerm. Maybe check under device manager the COM port number hasn't changed, maybe force it to a new number and try a few things like that. \$\endgroup\$ – PeterJ Nov 10 '13 at 23:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ It looks like you have to reset your computer after plugging in a RS232 to USB converter and installing the driver for the first time. BTW, Thanks for your help Peter! \$\endgroup\$ – Jason Nov 11 '13 at 0:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Add your comment as an answer to your own question. It might be useful to other people with similar problems. \$\endgroup\$ – mjh2007 Nov 11 '13 at 15:44
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So the answer is to reset your computer because the RS232 to USB converter's driver automatically installed needs a restart even though there was no prompt for one before it can be used.

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