On a Windows - based PC with a USB or PCMCIA serial port extender installed, it requires a procedure to detect to what COM port a Rugloop driver for a monitor or pump should be set.
To start with, one needs to know what serial ports are
available on one's system.
In Windows 98 the best way is to create a shortcut to the Device Manager on your desktop:
For Windows2000 or
WinXP, this little tool
(click the link, select "save as", and put the
downloaded file on your desktop) can help.
The device manager (either opened from the shortcut or using the tool above) will present you a window comparable to the one below.
You can open each device class by clicking on the '+' sign next to it, or close it by clicking '-'.
To find the ports available on your PC, open the 'Ports' device class. In the example, a Quatech 4-port serial PCMCIA card is available that provides 4 serial ports, mapped to COM4->COM7.
* A red cross next to a device (e.g. COM7 in the example)
means that the device was disabled from the device manager.
If you write down the COM port numbers in your system, it is much easier to select the correct COM port in Rugloop.
* if you plug a USB or PCMCIA multiport
in a different slot, Windows will assign different COM ports to the device, so Rugloop
will need to be reconfigured !!!
ALWAYS use the same USB/ PCMCIA port !