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Old 07-15-2014, 1:35 PM
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Connecting scanners via USB - The RadioReference Wiki

Although in this case, I suspect the ebay seller mistakenly thought that a straight-through USB cable would work, not realizing that there is an adapter module in-line in the correct cable. The FAQ wouldn't have helped, in this case.
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And there are a few links with gotcha's using Win 8 / 8.1 that are documented at the end of that article. Anyone is free to add more detail - it's not locked. Have at it

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Well the seller swears by it and said he done a overnight ship of another cable out of his own pocket.. Cant beat that.. I will see tomorrow if it works. Wish me luck :P
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So, it does not look like the cable in heigtx's post? Sounds like it isn't the correct cable, then.
My cable looks like this https://www.google.com/search?q=usb+...%3B2043%3B1705 with those round ends at each end.
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The one pictured in the link you sent would not work. That round thing is just a ferrite bead (blocks RF noise). Not a RS232<->USB converter.
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Have you asked the seller what type of chipset is in the cable?

It should have the HXD (preferably) or HXA (okay as long as you are not using Windows 8.x).

If the seller is unable to confirm which it has or suggests one isn't needed, I'd be asking to return it as it won't do what you need.
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Old 07-16-2014, 2:45 PM
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Hookup up a straight USB cable could damage the comport on the scanner. USB cables have +5V, which if connected to the wrong comport pins could damage it.

Sometimes paying the extra $$ for OEM is worth it. There is so much counterfeit garbage out there now that's untested.
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5V shouldn't hurt a RS232 port (RS232 supports signaling up to +/- 12V).
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The one pictured in the link you sent would not work. That round thing is just a ferrite bead (blocks RF noise). Not a RS232<->USB converter.

I somehow doubt that is the cable he actually has. If you click on that pic it takes you to the full webpage that the pic is from. Additional pics of that cable (when you hit the zoom button) show a mini-USB connector.... which wouldn't even fit into the port on the scanner.

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I somehow doubt that is the cable he actually has. If you click on that pic it takes you to the full webpage that the pic is from. Additional pics of that cable (when you hit the zoom button) show a mini-USB connector.... which wouldn't even fit into the port on the scanner.

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In the post quoted below, the OP said that the cable he got had a bulge on each end, but, the sample picture only shows one, which is a ferrite core (rf choke).

If his actual cable differs from the picture linked, then the 'two bulges', most like, are two ferrite cores, one at either end, neither containing the necessary circuitry for RS232<->USB.

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Just got another cable from the seller it done the same.. It does nothing.. I will try to get a refund without having to file a complaint on him.. Thanks guys for the help.
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Just got another cable from the seller it done the same.. It does nothing.. I will try to get a refund without having to file a complaint on him.. Thanks guys for the help.
Is it possible that you can take a picture of the cable you have in your hand clearly showing the entire cable and both ends of the cable, and post it here so we can see exactly what you have?

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Is it possible that you can take a picture of the cable you have in your hand clearly showing the entire cable and both ends of the cable, and post it here so we can see exactly what you have?

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Sorry I do not my phone died and I got one coming from once again ebay lol.. But the USB cable itself fits into the scanner perfectly and has two round things about 2" from each end. It looks the very same as this http://bicyclevillage.com/images/lib...e-181233-1.jpg but with a end that can fit the scanner and those round things at each end.
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Just ordered one from scannermaster.. So far it has cost me $67 for s simple cable.. Uniden needs to stop sending out Serial cables with their scanners.. That is a smack in the face to users that think they are getting a programing cable when ordering like I was. Why not send out what the user will need? Serial cable would be awesome if we was in 1998..
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Well here is something i just came across today at my Local Staples Store by accident. I was looking for a Serial to Usb Adapter for different item "not the 996xt" Well i grabbed he cable i needed an used it for what i needed it for. Well just on a whim i was like Hmmm ? i wonder if this work with the 996xt ? Well SURPRISE it does !! And it was detected by the following O/S systems with no problems. Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 (yuk) never had to install the drivers that came with it. Windows did it automatically an they were correct an worked with no issue or tweaking on my part
Also the end has led lights to show you its moving data which i like so i know the scanner is talking to computer an software. I added the Part an Item numbers below if you have a Staples Store near you that will be a cheaper deal an you can always return it easier then thru Mail or UPS/FedEx. Also the price online at website will be matched by store with no problem as i did that today.
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I have downloaded every driver that I can find and I have the same problem with my USB cable using Windows 8(sic). The last one wants $29.95 to fix missing drivers. All I want to do is program my 346XT like I did before.

Is there an updated cable or do I need to buy an older computer with Windows XP?
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What cable do you have? What chipset does it use?
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At the very end of this article from our wiki - links are always blue, by the way - we have links to specific fixes for Win8 issues...

Connecting scanners via USB - The RadioReference Wiki

However none of this will work if the cable you got is one of those el cheapo ones from FleaBay. The Chinese have been flooding the market with some knock-offs, and at least one chip distributor (Prolific) will refuse to load ANY drivers with these cables. Beware of these...Mike
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I ran into the same problem with a cheap USB-serial cable for programming Baofeng radios. I got a cheap one (faux Prolific chipset) and it would not work no matter what driver I used. I got a more expensive one from US dealer (FTDI chipset), and it worked the first time I plugged it in with no issues whatsoever.
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Here are a couple of good cables on Amazon in the $10 - $15 range that work fine on Win 7 and Win 8.x.

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