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Problem Connecting via Serial

  • @dbell Well let's go in parts,
    You mentioned that your PC has a serial port which has a DB9 connector, Be careful that this connector is RS232 which is very different from TTL, you can cause damage to the omega if you connect it directly.

    Most likely that COM1 refers to the native serial of your PC.

    In the device manager of your PC do you see more COM ports apart from COM1?
    do you have unknown devices?

  • @jossvall Yes, I understand the RS232 vs. TTL issue!
    I was expecting to find the CP2102-based COM port, but it doesn't show up in Device Manager.
    No Unknown Devices, either.

  • @dbell This seems to be getting over complicated.

    You need a USB A to USB micro cable as Chris H said. When you plug that into your computer and connect it to the expansion dock Windows should find a new com port. If it doesn't then there is an issue with your cable or the expansion dock.

    I think messing around with the DB9 is just digging yourself a hole.

  • @crispyoz No, I'm not messing with the DB9 serial port, that's clearly not what needs to connect to the Omega.
    I am using the Omega-supplied USB-A-to-micro USB cable that came with the Omega and Expansion Dock.

    I suppose it's possible the cable is bad, but it does provide power fine. I'll try another cable, for sure.
    Any idea how to tell if there is a dock problem?
    I'm most concerned about the PC not registering the USB device and creating a new COM port at this point.


  • @dbell The dock doesn't come with a cable, so maybe someone bundled it for you.

    Just as windoze is designed to detect any hardware you plug in, it will detect the CPxxxx once the dock is connected. If it doesn't then it suggests a hardware issue, either the cable or the dock. Are you sure you have an expansion dock, not a power dock? Power Dock doesn't have the USB - UART chip.

    Do you have any "Unknown device" in your device tree on windoze? you may have a driver issue. Remove the device and then plug in your dock and see if it re-adds it.

    If you have more than one USB port on your computer is worth trying each of them, my ThinkPad has a USB port on the rear that seems only to work with some devices, then 2 others on the side that work with everything. Not sure why, can't be bothered to look at it šŸ™‚

  • @crispyoz Hmm. Now I think of it, I may have used a cable I already had. If so, it's possibly a "charge only" cable.
    Otherwise, no Unknown Devices, and definitely an Expansion Dock. The UART/USB chip is present.

    Thinking about "bundles", when I ordered the Omega and the Dock, add-ons were the 40-pin GPIO cable, 32GB SDCard, and microSD.
    The SDCard has the Rasperry PI logo; is that a system distro, for re-flashing?
    And what is the microSD for ?

  • @dbell Not sure why you would receive a sdcard with a pie logo on it. This is not an Onion offering, maybe something your retailer bundled so I have no idea what would be on it.

  • @crispyoz Sorry, brain fart!
    Comes from unboxing two devices the same weekend...
    I ordered an RP-400 about the same time. Pretty nice package, with a complete Linux box in a compact keyboard. That had all those accessories...

  • @crispyoz Well, having a complete, functioning cable is the key!
    Amazon one-day to the rescue.
    As soon as I plugged it in (still powered through the USB-A port) it registered as COM3.
    Unplugged the -A and brought up the CLI in PUTTY,,,

    Thank you for the patient assistance!

  • @dbell Happy to hear it's working now. A very long and twisted road to get there.

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