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  1. #1

    Prolific brand Serial to USB Cable driver installation

    New to Linux.

    I am trying to use a Prolific brand Serial to USB Cable to connect to a serial modem in order to have a modem for use with my laptop. The laptop has no serial port... only USB ports.

    The cable came with the Linux drivers. This is the "release information" that came with the Linux drivers:

    Release Information

    Driver Version for Linux 2.4.x : V0213

    Released date: 02/13/2002

    Files Included in This Release:

    Changes in This Release:
    1. To fixed using cat command problem in Linux

    Can anyone tell me what I have to do with these files to get the cable to work?

    The cable is detected by Linux's hardware probe and the cable works fine in Windows. It was easy to install the Windows drivers. It has been impossible for me to figure out how to install the Linux drivers.

    Thank you.



  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Stockholm, Sweden
    cd to the directory that contains that file. if it is a tar.gz then enter this command:

    tar -xzvf /home/user/direcotory/filname.tar.gz

    or if its a tar.bz2 then use this:

    tar -xzjf /home/user/direcotory/filname.tar.gz

    this will create a new subdirectory in the same place as the archive (it will hav ehte same name as the aplication - the tar.gz bit) cd tot hat new directory and then run



    make install (this final command as root)

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    i have the same cable. a few things to note: this driver is for 2.4.x kernels only. this particular code only needs a 'make' command after you decompress it. (look in the Makefile for details) it compliles 2 modules: usbserial (which may already be in your system) and pl2303

    i have not yet got mine to work :)


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