Windows 10: Finally! A USB/RS232C Adapter that works on Win 10 Solved

  1.    15 May 2016 #1

    Finally! A USB/RS232C Adapter that works on Win 10

    I finally found a USB to RS232C serial adapter that is Win 10 compatible, and works with my wife's Singer Embroidery Machine. I've kept Win 7 just for this application with a Prolific adapter (that is not Win8/8.1/10 compatible). I've tried several and some would install in Win 10 but none would communicate with the Embroidery Machine until this last one I tried. I've seen several other posts about finding an RS232C adapter that worked.

    The unit I bought, from Amazon, is USB to RS-232 Serial Adapter for Windows 10, 7 (32/64bit) FTDI Chip Pro Adapter with LED Gearmo Model USA-FTDI-A36. It is Win 10 plug and play compatible. USB to RS-232 Serial Adapter for Windows 10, 7 (32/64bit) FTDI Chip Pro Adapter with LED: Computers Accessories
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       25 May 2016 #2

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  3.    25 May 2016 #3

    My wifes sewing machine embroidery software would not work will not work on Windows 10 or Windows 7. What I did was to run XP in VMWARE, and now she can embroidery using XP and surf for more via the Windows 10.

    Still a good thing to know about the adapter too. It might come in handy later and for other applications as well.
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  4.    25 May 2016 #4

    The "Sew Ware" program that came with the Singer (XL6000) embroidery machine works in Win 10 but it has to be installed and run in a Win 98/ME compatibility mode (had to do the same thing in Win 7). As running in a compatibility mode works, no need to have a VM install.
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  5.    26 May 2016 #5

    The problem many are encountering is that Prolific "end-of-life'd" (EOL) the old adapter chip inside the cable in 2012, because it couldn't work with W8 or eventually W10.


    Newer versions of the adapter chip have been available for 5 years, and they do have W10 drivers that do work.

    New Drivers

    Frankly, I'm surprised that any vendor that is still supporting their hardware &/or software versions hasn't made an updated cable available. My wife's glucometer had offered a replacement cable and driver 5 years ago.
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  6.    26 May 2016 #6

    I tried a newer version of the Prolific that was supposed to be Win 10 compatible. It connected in Win 10 but would not work with my wife's Singer Embroidery machine. I don't have an RS232C breakout box so I couldn't tell if one of the control signals was missing or if a wrong voltage.

    I've seen other adapters have one or more control (handshaking) signals missing and will not work with specific hardware. This was a common problem years ago with USB/Parallel adapters and HP Printers.
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