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Programming VX-4000 Kawa USB cable

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jedcat

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Trying to [re]program my VX-4000 with CE49 software, an old laptop running at 700Mhz with a fresh install of Win XP Pro. Got the radio-to-USB cable from Kawamall. Com port is set to match in Device Manager and CE49. Radio is in PC Clone mode. When I try to read the radio it starts to cycle through some hex code then comes up with a Time-Out error. I've tried three different computers, as I was told my other machines may have been running too fast. Any help will be most graciously appreciated.
 

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I had the same problem. When I changed from a usb to a com port cable using a db com card in my PC it worked perfectly.
 

jedcat

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Exchaning cables: Kawamall

Contacted Kawamall about this issue and the post. They offered to either exchange the cables or refund my purchase for the USB cable and let me purchase the COM cable, which is five bucks cheaper. Pretty nice to find a vendor like that. Once I get the new cable and give it a try I'll post results.
~R~
 

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Update

Got my serial cable from Kawa. Only took a few days to get here and cost about $18. Works perfectly. I did my reprogramming and radio is back in the patrol vehicle.
 

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I have the usb cable as well and can program the VX5500, but not the VX4000, any reason why it'll do the one but not the other? I keep getting the timeout error on computer or error_2 on the radio display. Thanks in advance
 

radio259

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Most likely the firmware of the radio is too old. i had that issue also and ended up upgrading the firmware in my last VX4000 to the latest and greatest. Which I am not sure which version it is right now.
 

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Welcome to my world.

I have been visiting many volunteer fire departments doing the wide to narrow switchover. In those travels I encounter every combination of model and firmware.

I have every variation of cable and software available. One radio this week took an hour and ten trial and error attempts to find the right combination. For the most part, later software versions are more forgiving and can use USB cables, but with some of the older radios I have to revert to V1 and a real serial port under 6.2 DOS.

Keep the faith. There is a combination that will work.
 

scott_mack512

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I ended up purchasing a serial cable and also upgraged the firmware and was able to program just fine.
thanks to all that replied
 
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