how to get my Vista laptop to display its usb

April 27, 2011 at 09:21:24
Specs: Windows Vista
I want to know what my usb com ports are named. EG com1, com2, com3. Also where each one is physically located on my HP laptop.

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April 27, 2011 at 13:20:11
Oh my!

Do you have a usb to serial converter box?

The physical location is normally noted in the owners manual. There is no such thing as usb 1 for examply.

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April 30, 2011 at 16:40:13
Hi Jefro: Sorry for the delay, I have been away working for a couple of days.
Thanks for the trouble of replying to what is probably such a basic question. I can only see the physical location of the 3 USB ports in my user guide and as you suggest they are not named.

The only other ports on my laptop are modem, ethernet, and a "port for another screen"(according to my user guide) which I think may be a serial port. The software that I am trying to connect is an engine analyzer for my vehicle and the first thing that they ask for is to enter the comm port number that you are connecting through.
The only cable supplied with the pgm is a male/female USB cable, and the software instruction says to connect one end of the USB cable to the Scan Gauge and the other end to the laptop, then name the comm port that you are connecting through, not higher than 1-6.
Perhaps that's where this USB-serial box comes in?
I'm confused! My son is usually available to guide me,but he is away on his honeymoon and no doubt will have his mind on other things. I'm an Old Far t(60+) and although I love the computer and the internet, I'm lacking this sort of knowledge.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Cheers Wayne

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