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VX-160/180 and VX-4500/4600

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lowplaces

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I have these type of radios in our fire department and I am trying to program them. I have downloaded the software but it cant read the radios. if anyone has any one has any suggestions please post.
 

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Need a little more info..What software are you using?, what operating system is on your computer? Have you checked to make sure you have the correct com port selected? Is it a USB cable? if so did you download the correct driver for it...Help us to help you.
 

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Windows 7 ce44 for the 160's ce115 ver 1.10 for the 4600's. I have a ct42 cable and a fif12 with the adapters neither work and do the same thing time out.

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wa2chj

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As m-gerty said, make sure the Com Port and/or USB drivers are correct. I have programmed a lot of Vertex radios from the VX-160 series to the VX-459 series, and those are the only two things I have ever had cause a problem reading from a radio...assuming the cable you are using is functioning properly and the software isn't corrupted.
 

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Vertex software and programming.

Since Motorola bought out Vertex, I have also seen cases where a radio has newer firmware, and requires a higher version of CE software to program it. This has only been the case in the past couple of years since their merger, but has thrown me a few times on Vertex and Motorola equipment.

Anything that comes back from their repair shops will need the latest and greatest current software also.
 
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