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Baofeng programming with Chirp Setup Problem with COM Port

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peq387ab

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I'm having a problem with getting the COM Port setup for Chirp for my Baofeng radio. I've installed the driver and used the driver disc that came with it. But after it's been installed the cable isn't assigned a com port or allow me to make any changes or anything. I'm looking for some advice in people who have used Baofeng and Chirp to help.
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John_S

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Baofeng programming

Having just bought a UV-5R myself, I had started doing a bit of research on this topic because I had heard that it could be a real issue. Two excellent sources of info on these are Baofeng Pofung Wouxun UV5R UV82 UV8D UV82X GT3 UVB5 Information Site, Ham Radio and YouTube. Take a look at Benjamin Gaston's 3 part video...search for Baofeng UV-5R programming and these will appear. The first item to fix is to remove the software that comes with the radio. Then follow the videos step for step...carefully...don't try to get ahead of him. You'll get the correct driver on Miklor...be sure to look for the one that matches your OS. Have the video running as you do the install and pause as necessary. I went through this a couple of weeks ago and it went very smoothly...in fact I was shocked. Install was on an older Xp machine and it was up and running in just a few minutes. Once again...YouTube to the rescue. The link above doesn't show it in the preview, but it's for Miklor.com.
 

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I've had problems with this before. It's quite irritating. You might want to try different USB ports on your computer and change the COM number in the Chirp program until it works. It's been so long since I messed around with it but I also remember the drivers being outdated or something as one of the problems.
 

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The general issue with the driver included with the radio is that it tends to be out of date and doesn't match the firmware version of the radio...as far as I can tell from reading/listening around. The updated USB drivers are available at the Miklor.com site, along with a properly written English manual and lots more. The videos that I referred to earlier guide you through the whole process and it works. As far as which COM port, the computer needs to find it for itself...mine ended up on COM 6...but it will tell you if follow the steps. After going through the whole process in just a few minutes, I wondered why so many people have had issues getting this working.
 

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Setting up com port

Depending on other devices, the com port number may vary. One of my radios uses com 14. Some devices will not use the higher numbers and require you to do some reassigning in the device manager. In addition to the correct driver version, there are cables with chips that are not genuine Prolific. I have a couple of situations where a radio/cable work on one computer but not on another, even with the same version of windows.
 
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