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Baofeng serial cable issue

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May 6, 2014
Hi. This is my first posting so apologise if in the wrong place.

I’m attempting to programme a Baofeng UV-5R for a friend. He understands radios, I try to understand PCs. I have windows 7. We are struggling to get the CHIRP software to read from the radio.
I found this forum and this page: Prolific FTDI Windows Cable Drivers “Installing the proper driver” very helpful. The second lead we purchased seats perfectly with a definite click. I’ve installed driver v3.2.0.0. I can see it in devices “universal serial controller, COM3”. However the software still won’t read from the radio (which is definitely switched on).

When I test the COM3 port, it says “this port appears to be a cable without echo loopback”.
This is listed under 'error messages', but no solution is offered.
What do I need to do ?

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