Trying to download the frequncies from frees can to my scanner and I am getting the COM1 error. I believe the cable I am using is an older one an I am using Windows 8.1. What exactly do I have to do to get this uploaded to my scanner?
For some reason when I plug it in, nothing pops up to recognize the USB cable on my computer. I basically did what that Wiki article said and still no luck. My friend has another cable so maybe we will try that one, but I don't know when.This sounds like it's neither a FreeScan,nor a scanner issue. Windows 8.1 is VERY finicky about good drivers and chipsets.
The old HXA chipset is known to cause significant issues with 8.1. We have a lot of information on this linked in the following article from our wiki. (from topic 6.3).
Connecting scanners via USB - The RadioReference Wiki
Time to update the cable and associated drivers...and don't forget to set the port speed in the scanner menu. That's NOT set by default. Mike
I set it on the freescan to 4800 but just realized it was at 115,200 on the scanner. Do they have to be the same on the program and scanner?This article from the FreeScan User Guide summarizes the steps for setting the port speed on the scanner...
Freescan - Connecting Scanner to PC - The RadioReference Wiki
It does not beep when connecting.Does it beep when connecting? (the PC, that is)
If so, does it show in Device Manager?
Also, Is the driver loaded as Mike suggested?
You think, can't google it smh wthEarlier, I was thinking the 346 has a USB port for programming, but now I'm wondering if it has a Uniden proprietary connector.
(the 346 is one of the models I don't have).
It was a USB cable. The scanner came with a serial cable in the box. I only have a laptop that doesn't have a connection for that. I was thinking about downloading freescan on my girlfriends desktop computer with an earlier windows version and the serial cable to see if I have any luck with that.Earlier, I was thinking the 346 has a USB port for programming, but now I'm wondering if it has a Uniden proprietary connector.
(the 346 is one of the models I don't have)
Also, is your cable a USB or Serial cable? The serial would explain why it does not beep when connected. All you do with the serial cable is set the COM port in the software.
I did - didn't find any pics of the connector, and found conflicting info on which cable it uses.You think, can't google it