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Re: [opensuse] Re: cable question
On 11/15/2011 9:24 PM, Jim Henderson wrote:
On Tue, 15 Nov 2011 18:31:52 -0500, Brian K. White wrote:

You're lucky it actually worked!

The H/K not the usb serial dongle.

Interesting - I hadn't heard of problems. We picked up the AVR-254 (I
believe that's the model) at Costco a couple years ago. It did kinda
stink that I had to have a Windows machine to upgrade it, but it took the
update without any problem at all.

But I'll keep your info in mind if another update comes out. I hadn't
considered that the electronics might throw too much noise for the update
to run. Good cautionary tale.


Looking back over the forum thread, looks like it was pretty much a AVR-247 problem only, along with several others unrelated to the serial port.

At least few people claimed that using an old machine with a regular serial port instead of a usb-serial worked when the usb-serial didn't. Same units, same cables.

It's possible. The usb-serial adapters I was using were certainly well tested using other software and connecting to other devices, but it's still possible that some particular software connecting to some particular device could still fail on it even if everything else works.

Sorry for allowing this to get so far off topic.

Actually, it sort of bears on the OP's question.

In this example, people had to dig out windows98 pc's from their garages to perform this firmware update on their brand new home theater systems to fix various video and sound bugs. Or else pay to ship them to H/K and back, and live without them for a week or more. This particular modem cable would not have helped. But not throwing out old computer stuff in general did.

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