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Baofeng Programming Problem

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Feb 28, 2004
Central Ohio
Edit: Chronic beat me to it while I was typing my reply, but I'm leaving my post since it has a little more info.

The cable you bought probably has a so-called "generic" USB to serial chip in it, as opposed to the FTDI chip. The differences, and how to get your cable to work, are explained at the page below:

That whole website (Miklor) is a great reference for Chinese radios, BTW.

The bottom line is that your cable will most likely work fine, you just need to take some extra steps to load the correct drivers. If you prefer to have a cable that is "plug and play," look for one with the FTDI chip. They tend to be more like $20, though. Here is an example:
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