UV-5R programming again – and USB drivers!

Last weekend I decided I wanted to put four or five new frequencies into the memories in the UV-5R. No drama – I got out the USB lead, plugged into the laptop and was about to start the programming software, when I noticed that the driver hadn’t started properly – no Com port available!

Odd – it was fine last time I used it. So I tried reinstalling using the installer. No luck. Tried another version of the installer, no. Tried a generic driver. No. Then I remembered there was something funny about having to manually install ser2pl.sys. No.

After all this about an hour had passed and I only wanted to program about 6 simplex frequencies in. My patience was exhausted and I decided to program it manually.

This weekend I found the original install CD for the programming lead and I thought – great, I can definitely make it work now. Plugged the lead in, ready to set up the drivers and…

Yes, you’ve guessed it, it worked straight away without me having to reinstall or do anything. Why? I have no idea…..

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “UV-5R programming again – and USB drivers!”

  • Jesse KZ9G:

    For some reason I have the same issue but I have tracked it down to needing to be on a particular usb port. It will work fine on only one port, that being the first port I installed it on. It will not install on any of the other ports.

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