ADTPro please help me getting this to run on a MacBook Pro

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I am attempting ADTPro but cannot get it to work. Can you help me.
My first issue is that I am unable to see "COM1" under the menu options (File-Serial Connections)

My system:
- MacBook Pro OS X 10.5
- Downloaded ADTPro 1.1.2
- Launches a Java Terminal and a nice shiny GUI
- In the GUI window the menu options are File, Bootstapping and Help
- Under the File->Serial Config menu I do not see the "COM1" option, I only see
Port
/dev/tty.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync
/dev/cu.Bluetooth-PDA-Sync
/dev/tty.Bluetooth-Modem
/dev/cu.Bluetooth-Modem

As a background my system set-up is:
- Apple II non plus
- Super Serial Card in slot 2 (can get the SSC prompt OK
- Using a USB to RS232 cable plugged in
- USB drivers for the cable install OK and I can see the USB Serial device in my System (Prolific Chipset)

Any suggestion for "seeing" the COM1 port would be appreciated.

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You shouldn't see "COM1," but

You shouldn't see "COM1," but you should see instead something like "/dev/tty.usbserial" or so. You might need to stop/restart ADTPro after install (or maybe even reboot, but not likely).

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I tried rebooting and restart

I tried rebooting and restarting. No /dev/tty.usbserial.
Although USB serial does appear under USB in the System Profiler.
Any manual checks I can do from the command line ?

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It sounds like the driver did

It sounds like the driver didn't actually get installed, or it's the wrong driver for your adapter. Where did you download it from?

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Seconding the "Do you have the right driver?" angle

One thing to watch out for about System Profiler's USB device tree is it shows *anything* connected to USB, whether there's a working driver or not. Worse yet it'll simply parrot out the manufacturer's ID strings, which can lead to a false sense of security.

(For instance, I just yanked the no-Mac-drivers Belkin serial dongle I have hooked to my Linux desktop off it and plugged it into my MacBook. Lo and behold System Profiler calls it out as a "Belkin PDA serial adapter". But it definitely doesn't work.)

I'd try downloading Zterm:

http://homepage.mac.com/dalverson/zterm/

Run that and see if *it* sees a serial port. If it doesn't well... I've noticed that Prolific has a driver on their site for serial dongles now. I have one of those dongles... and I don't use their driver since it didn't exist when I got it. I use this instead:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/osx-pl2303/

You might want to try it if it's Prolific's you've installed. It was last updated substantially more recently then the chipset manufacturer's binary.

--Peace

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Peace and others thank you ve

Peace and others thank you very much. You made my Friday.
I downloaded updated Prolific drivers as suggested and ADTPro now "sees" the serial connection. Yipee! Will try the next phase of ADTPro (connection to Apple) later today

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People have reported mixed re

People have reported mixed results with Prolific USB adapters on OSX:
http://apps.sourceforge.net/phpbb/adtpro/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2
You may be happier with an expensive one (Lindy, Keyspan) or a middle-of-the-road FTDI chipset.

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Re: People have reported mixed re

david__schmidt wrote:

People have reported mixed results with Prolific USB adapters on OSX:
http://apps.sourceforge.net/phpbb/adtpro/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2
You may be happier with an expensive one (Lindy, Keyspan) or a middle-of-the-road FTDI chipset.

I haven't had any significant problems with the Sourceforge driver for what I use my Prolific adapter for, but all I use it for is getting serial consoles on network hardware. Mileage my vary for anything more complicated, of course.

The manufacturer's lame attempt at a driver on the other hand looks like a bad joke. :^b

--Peace

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Re: People have reported mixed re

david__schmidt wrote:

People have reported mixed results with Prolific USB adapters on OSX:
http://apps.sourceforge.net/phpbb/adtpro/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2
You may be happier with an expensive one (Lindy, Keyspan) or a middle-of-the-road FTDI chipset.

Yes, after trying a cheapie adaptor, I bit the bullet and ordered an expensive (overpriced?) LINDY the build quality was very good but the OS X drivers did not work as advertised.
Also if I am given another of the those awful mini-sized CDs (that don't work with a slot loading laptop), I will flip.

However the site recommended in this thread fixed the driver problem.

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OK after solving the driver i

OK after solving the driver issue, I have made good progress but still having some new issues now. Sorry for the long email but want to give you as much information as possible:

Connection is OK and data streams into the Apple II (oh what a sight to behold)

When I try to "send ProDos":
I can see the data streaming into the Apple II but it seems to get "stuck" in the middle of the flow. One more than one occasion, I was able to reach upto the ProDos welcome screen (so I know it can work!!) but then when I went further and tried "Send ADTPro Serial Client" it got stuck right at the end, the last command on the Apple II screen being "*2000G E00G" or something similar and the last line is a "*". When I hit return it spews out one line of data after each key press of the return key (???). Sometimes the screen is frozen at this last step

The terminal on the MacBook says "Text file sent in 302.828 seconds" for ProDos
A menu on the MacBook says "All done, send ADTPro Client"
when I perform this step again data streams and MacBook says "Text file sent in 236.391 sec" and the transfer appears to complete.
But again the Apple II screen freezes at a "*2000G" prompt with the same symptoms (each Return key pressed gives more data on the Apple II"

My hardware is Apple II non-plus with 48K memory and a 16K language card and upgraded ROMS. My serial port gives me the following speed options:
115200
19200
9600
300

After trial and error I found the 9600 option works best (or least bad!)
My bootstrapping pace is 150 and speed 9600 (default)

Any suggestions? Should I be changing the speed settings?