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  1. CDRIVE

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

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    I had to make a decision of what section of the forum I was going to post this in. The Resources section would have been a logical choice but I think only the Mods have access rights to it. So, I'm posting this very useful tool here in the Microcontroller section, as this is where it would find the most use. Not to say that it wouldn't be useful in non uC projects though.

    Anyone who has a project, uC or not, that requires Serial Port communication will find this free app very useful. It will enable you to sniff the data being sent from the PC to the serial device and data sent from the device to the PC. This is something that I've done in the past (on XP) with Portmon.exe. Portmon is a MS product but is not compatible with W7(64bit).

    So if any of you gents find use for a serial port sniffer you can download this neat app...
    AccessPort

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  2. Arouse1973

    Arouse1973 Adam

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    Nice Chris, thank-you
    Adam
     
  3. CDRIVE

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

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    You're welcome Adam. Just some notes here..

    This is freeware and there's absolutely no help file downloaded with it. The Help button in the GUI is greyed out and clicking the help links at the website returns nothing. Fortunately, I hate reading directions anyway. So I was clicking and checking settings / options like a blind dog testing meat in a butcher shop until "Viola".. it logged a bidirectional communication between my Picaxe compiler/interpreter and a 08M2 while it was being programmed.

    Also note that because of W7's elevated permissions issues I install most software after first logging in Administrator. I did so with AccessPort too.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  4. CDRIVE

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

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    Hey, it took me at least 5 minutes to stop laughing to the point of tearing. Since there's no help files included with AccessPort I decided to read the ReadMe_En.txt (English) file located in the AccessPort directory. Keep the tissues handy! :p This is what it says verbatim:

    Thank goodness that this app works so well because if it didn't I would be crying for real!

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
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  5. Harald Kapp

    Harald Kapp Moderator Moderator

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    Portmon runs on my Win7 (64bit) system - but I confess I never tried to actually monitor a port with teh sw.
     
  6. CDRIVE

    CDRIVE Hauling 10' pipe on a Trek Shift3

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    I don't remember all the hoops I jumped though to get PortMon to run on my W7/64b but I do remember a hoop that 'finally' opened the GUI. Prior to that all I'd get was a very descriptive error message that said "ERROR!". When I reached the point of successfully opening it I don't remember where it failed. I may have been when selecting the port to monitor or when I attempted to connect to it.

    If it runs OK on your W7/64b you won't be the first person to successfully install and run an app on W7/64b that scores of others report failure.

    Thus far I'm not too bummed out about it because, despite the absence of help files, AccessPort has proved to be a clean and effective alternative. In fact, I think I like it better that Portmon. AccessPort has a cleaner and more modern GUI.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
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