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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2004

    Using Infrared Serial Port with MSComm Control

    Most computers today have a built-in Infrared port, but they are not assigned a Com Port number. I would like to be able to receive serial data from my Infrared Port using VB and the MSComm Control.

    Does anyone know how, if possible, to assign a Com Port # to a built-in Infrared Port, or some other method of getting serial data from the Infrared Port into VB. I am sending serial data from a Palm device using Infrared.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Portland, OR
    Hi, Bob: It depends on the specific hardware and operating system. Here, for example, are the instructions for Windows 2000: http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000...erial_irda.htm
    Phil Weber

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    I do not offer free assistance by e-mail. Thank you!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Hi Phil,

    I am trying to connect with an IBM ThinkPad 380Z running Windows XP Pro. The ThinkPad has a functional Infrared Port that works fine with Palm's Hot Sync program, but you can only send program files, not serial data.

    The Infrared Port does not have an assigned Comm Port, so MSComm, cannot find it. XP will not allow me to assign a Comm Port to the Infrared device, and the 380Z does not have a CMOS program to change any hardware assignments. It only has a limited setup program. I guess it is time for a new laptop?

    There is no information on Microsofts website or in the Knowledge Base concerning using MSComm with an Infrared device. I have been searching for an answer on the Internet for weeks.


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