Page 3 of 6 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 55
  1. #21
    Click avatar for tech links/info K447's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    near Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    40,962
    +1
    1,945
    Quote Originally Posted by BryanP View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lilman573 View Post
    USB to serial converter!

    TRENDnet USB to RS-232 Serial Converter TU-S9 (White) http://amzn.com/B0007T27H8
    I figured something like that was out there. Could the cable just be made with a USB connector instead of the serial connector?
    Well, it seems that certain diagnostic software needs a 'real' serial port, and the software is not compatible with just any USB to serial adapter.

    My understanding is that certain serial-to-USB chips (which is what makes the adapter actually work) are not fully compatible with the software.

    Since most USB to serial adapters are sold by brand name (or no brand name) it can be difficult to know what chip type is actually inside a given adapter.

    At the moment I do not have any info on which adapters or chips are the 'best' choice for this purpose. I suppose I should go dig into this question, in my spare time....

    Myself, I keep an old school laptop around, which just happens to have a genuine serial port built in.

    Tip: Do NOT connect a regular desktop computer to any watercraft. There is a risk, however small, of electric shock if that desktop computer develops an internal electrical fault. Polaris has a specific note regarding the use of diagnostics only with portable, laptop type computers.
    Last edited by K447; 05-20-2013 at 04:47 PM.


  2. #22
    PWC Addict lilman573's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    3,019
    +1
    217
    I too have an old laptop with a physical com port. I also have a USB to serial adapter at work. I think it might even be that trend net adapter. I suppose I could finally hook it up to see if the adapter works.

  3. #23
    MSX 150 guy lives on Mr. GP1800's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Milwaukee WI
    Posts
    17,618
    +1
    1,539
    This is what is needed.....

    https://polaris.spx.com/Detail.aspx?id=569&cat=6&sub=23




    Looks like we can buy this here without being a dealer.

    https://store.diagsys.com/catalog/usb2serial
    Last edited by Mr. GP1800; 02-19-2013 at 10:34 PM.

  4. #24
    I'm addicted to Polaris PWC ghostinstallations's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Rochester, New York
    Posts
    922
    +1
    28
    http://www.compusb.com/usbtoseadfor.html

    Same one that is sold by DSA, but for less than $20.

  5. #25
    Click avatar for tech links/info K447's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    near Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    40,962
    +1
    1,945
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    http://www.compusb.com/usbtoseadfor.html

    Same one that is sold by DSA, but for less than $20.
    Are you sure it is the same one sold by DSA?

    There are a few different chips used in these things, and there are some differences.

    The one you linked to has a Prolific chip. Cable molding looks similar to the image on the SPX web page, I will agree.

    Name:  pu-50621.gif
Views: 1252
Size:  22.4 KB

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	image_1503.jpg 
Views:	228 
Size:	28.8 KB 
ID:	293074

  6. #26
    I'm addicted to Polaris PWC ghostinstallations's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Rochester, New York
    Posts
    922
    +1
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    http://www.compusb.com/usbtoseadfor.html

    Same one that is sold by DSA, but for less than $20.
    Are you sure it is the same one sold by DSA?

    There are a few different chips used in these things, and there are some differences.


    The one you linked to has a Prolific chip. Cable molding looks similar to the image on the SPX web page, I will agree.
    Many brands of adapters that use the prolific chipset work with Digital Wrench, including that specific one.

    EDIT: Another Prolific based adapter that works is the Cables To Go part number 26886. I do like the style that is sold by DSA better as it has LEDs and has a longer USB whip.
    Last edited by ghostinstallations; 02-20-2013 at 11:52 AM. Reason: Added Part Number

  7. #27
    urugol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1,231
    +1
    3
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    http://www.compusb.com/usbtoseadfor.html

    Same one that is sold by DSA, but for less than $20.
    Are you sure it is the same one sold by DSA?

    There are a few different chips used in these things, and there are some differences.


    The one you linked to has a Prolific chip. Cable molding looks similar to the image on the SPX web page, I will agree.
    Many brands of adapters that use the prolific chipset work with Digital Wrench, including that specific one.
    The prolific chipset is rubbish. I have had problems with this chip particularly under XP, the CH341 is the gun. It works perfectly with DW and you can pick them up for about 3 bucks on ebay shipped from China.

  8. #28
    PWC Addict lilman573's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Central NJ
    Posts
    3,019
    +1
    217
    I actually have the one i listed at work.

    Found this on the trendnet site:
    TU-S9 uses "PL2303 Chipset" and it has two "on-chip" buffers of 256 bytes each, for upstream and downstream data flow .

    Since it uses the prolific chipset, I don't see a reason it wouldn't work. Time to put the battery back in the Virage, fire up the laptop and give it a whirl! I just have to find dw, you know for testing purposes I will test it out with Podiag too.
    Last edited by lilman573; 02-20-2013 at 08:39 AM.

  9. #29
    I'm addicted to Polaris PWC ghostinstallations's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Rochester, New York
    Posts
    922
    +1
    28
    Quote Originally Posted by urugol View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by K447 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ghostinstallations View Post
    http://www.compusb.com/usbtoseadfor.html

    Same one that is sold by DSA, but for less than $20.
    Are you sure it is the same one sold by DSA?

    There are a few different chips used in these things, and there are some differences.


    The one you linked to has a Prolific chip. Cable molding looks similar to the image on the SPX web page, I will agree.
    Many brands of adapters that use the prolific chipset work with Digital Wrench, including that specific one.
    The prolific chipset is rubbish. I have had problems with this chip particularly under XP, the CH341 is the gun. It works perfectly with DW and you can pick them up for about 3 bucks on ebay shipped from China.
    Interesting findings. I happen to love the prolific chipset, only one that has never given me an issue on xp, vista and 7.

  10. #30
    urugol's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1,231
    +1
    3
    This USB adapter works very nicely with DW under WinXP.

    2 Bucks shipped. >> http://www.ebay.com/itm/120723114673...673%26_rdc%3D1

Page 3 of 6 FirstFirst 12345 ... LastLast

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. How-To Install your own seat cover
    By Hydrotoys in forum Shops, Tools and Tricks
    Replies: 194
    Last Post: 08-23-2019, 01:29 PM
  2. Replies: 9
    Last Post: 07-08-2014, 01:45 PM
  3. How To Make Your Own T Handle Carb Screws
    By Cutlass in forum Yamaha How To & FAQs
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 01-09-2011, 08:50 PM
  4. How to make your own rrfpr?
    By Thegaragejavea in forum 4-Tec Performance
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-17-2009, 02:16 PM
  5. would it be possible to make your own tripple pipes?
    By jcc011185 in forum Polaris PWC Performance
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-01-2006, 08:11 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •