Connect to serial console from Windows

The instructions are mostly similar to Connect to serial console and again I'm using the 'programming cable' supplied by www.bifferos.co.uk . These instructions were created on WindowsXP, I've no idea how similar or different the steps would be for Vista.

    1. Install the driver for your USB cable - mine is PL2303-based, so I installed the driver from http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?ID=31

    2. Plug the USB cable into your PC, Windows should recognise it, and if you go to Device Manager (Start->Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device Manager) you should have an extra COM port - mine showed up as "Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM6)"

    3. Plug the pointy-end of the serial cable into the bifferboard, as per instructions on the other page

    4. Load up HyperTerminal (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Communication->HyperTerminal)

    5. It'll probably ask you to enter an area code - it's not needed (so put in whatever you want) but it won't shut up until you do so!

    6. Create a new connection (I called mine USBserial) and select the relevant COM port from Step 2.

    7. Set the parameters to Bits per second: 115200, Data bits: 8, Parity: None, Stop bits: 1, Flow control: None

    8. It might say "Couldn't open COM port" - if it does just ignore it, and then click on the telephone "Call" icon

    9. With any luck it should now say "Connected" in the status bar

    10. Plug in the power to your bifferboard, and you should get the usual "BiffBoot ......" output

    11. You can now jump straight over to Step 6. on the other page. The first time I tried this pressing Enter didn't activate the console, but a reboot of Windows seemed to fix that!