BCD396xt Freescan USB COM port issue

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SANDDOLLAR

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I have a BCD396xt that i was going to do some spring cleaning of frequencies, thought I could run the software on my chromebook, no luck, so I bought a windows 10 laptop used to do radio programming. I am having issues getting it to read the scanner, even with auto detect the com ports. I don't show com ports in my device manager. Do the newer scanners play nicer with Windows 10? I was thinking of replacing the 396 anyway, but want to be able to update firmware on the new one.

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If you're using the "older" data cable, you'll need to use an older Prolific driver in Windows 10. Search the forums for details on locating and installing.
 

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Get the correct driver for your cable and install. If it doesnt work, you can try forcing windows 10 to accept unsigned drivers.

It may not work still as I had using the supplied serial cable and a prior serial-usb converter cable through a few updates of windows 10. Either my old serial-usb converter stopped working or it wasnt supported. I had it from ~windows 98 till last year hehe.
I had to buy a newer cable with newer supported chipset, worked immediately and still does on windows 1909 with all latests updates. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0758B6MK6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.12.0 is the file name. Even zipped it is too large to attach here. Prolific doesn't permit linking to files.
 
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