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Question Kenwood TK-5210 Programming Cable

I'm having a problem programming my TK-5210 that I don't understand. I'm using the proper programming cable for this model radio, and yet, I can't seem to open the COMPORT. My laptop has only one USB port but the software isn't detecting any of them (it's usually COMPORT 3). I've checked - and double-checked - connections on both ends but still no open COMPORT. And yes, I have the radio turned on.

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I'm having a problem programming my TK-5210 that I don't understand. I'm using the proper programming cable for this model radio, and yet, I can't seem to open the COMPORT. My laptop has only one USB port but the software isn't detecting any of them (it's usually COMPORT 3). I've checked - and double-checked - connections on both ends but still no open COMPORT. And yes, I have the radio turned on.

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Did you install the driver for the correct platform you are using IE 32-bit or 64-bit windows? The USB cable generally pulls a comport above 8 in my experience. The driver generally isn't included in Kenwood software.
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Are you using a native USB cable or a serial cable with RS232-USB adapter? A lot of the aftermarket cables use counterfeit chipsets that don't play nicely with Windows. Main reason why I tend to stick to serial cables and then a solid, known good RS232 adapter since most IT departments don't see a reason for a serial port these days...
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I've had this cable (aftermarket cable with USB connector) for several years and don't recall ever installing a driver. I prefer RS232 cables also so may look to ordering one for this radio. Thanks for the tips - I appreciate you both.

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