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Astro 25 Portable CPS Question

JimD56

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I have Astro Portable 25 CPS but "I Heard" it will not write to the radio XTS3000 or 5000 using Windows 10.
Will Windows 7 work?
Is this true? Can a Motorola tech expert please confirm, before I purchase the OEM programming cable.
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Jim
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tyler3328

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Astro25 will work on windows 10 with no problems. XTS3000 requires different CPS and i use DOS computer for the old stuff like the 3000.
 

jaspence

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Windows XP with a true serial cable works well for the XTS3000 too. Some older radios can be damaged because the system speed of a newer computer uploads too fast for the radio to properly process.
 

chief21

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Most of the older Motorola programming software will work OK on an older PC, running a 32-bit OS with a true serial port. Once you add a much faster machine, a 64-bit OS, or a USB programming cable to the mix, the software starts to get picky. Depending on the individual circumstances, it might work or it might not (but usually not!).
 

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Astro 25 Portable CPS will read/write an XTS 5000. The XTS 3000 is a black sheep and use a different CPS. And Win 7 will work.
The XTS3000 is not a black sheep.. It was the previous generation of Astro radios along with the Astro Saber. The XTS3500 was a short lived model between the 3000 and 5000 that used DOS Software very similar to MTSX RSS FDNY and Some Federal agencies used them for while. I had both a VHF and a UHF R2 450-520 at one time
 

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Don't overlook the XTS2500, its the latest and last of that series and unless you need a vehicle adapter it does just about everything a 5000 does in a smaller package.
I'll take a 2500 over a 5000 any day of the week. I swear by them.
 

Midwest007

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I'll take a 2500 over a 5000 any day of the week. I swear by them.
Agreed. I have 3 of them and they are great. I did have one small issue with one where the display would show upside down on occasion. A good whack would fix it but I decided to open it up and reseat the flex cables which fixed it. It would have looked strange to hold the radio upside down to see the display right side up!.
 

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I've never been a fan of the 2500 .. It reminds me of a Waris HT1250 style on steroids. I never cared for the Waris line. I did have an XTS2500 Model II 7/800 for a while that did do the upside down and backwards display. I ended up selling it before the bottom dropped out on used 7/800 Phase I radios.
 
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