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Help activating/troubleshooting USB-IrDA converter on WinXP

Postby dodecahedron on Sun Jan 23, 2005 1:32 am

i bought a USB-IrDA converter (an IrDA device that plugs into a USB port - giving a desktop PC an IrDA communications port).

it's a cheapo one made in China - called WORLD ADS-188IR IrDA Adapter.

plugged it into the USB, WinXP recoginzed it, installed the WinXP drivers from the CD that came with it, all appears to be fine, it appears in the Device Manager under Infrared devices and (according to Device Manager) appears to be enabled and working properly.
i have now 2 entries in the Control Panel (that i think, but am not sure, are new, i don't recall seeing them before): Wireless link, Wireless Network Setup Wizard.

i tried using it twice but no good.
tried synchronizing a Palm Pilot V with the Palm Desktop software. when activating the HotSynch from the Palm it didn't work, said it didn't manage to connect to the PC.
tried to communicate between my Nokia 6100 cellphone and Nokia PC Suite software, again to no avail. the software says it doesn't detect any phone.

i've absolutely no experience with InfraRed devices etc. so am at a loss. i don't know if the IrDA adapter isn't installed correctly, or is malfunctioning, or maybe i'm not doing something right using the software.

according to the Nokia PC Suite software, when running WinXP, after installing the software you need to install the Nokia mobile phone IrDA modem manually. althogh i admint it's not clear to me if i need to do this only if i want to use the phone as a modem, or for any sort of infrared communication between phone and PC (in some places in the manual it says 'Updating the infrared driver' so it seems it's needed in any case).

however there's something in the installation instructions for the infrared driver for WinXP:
first instruction: Connect your phone to a compatible PC using IrDA. what the fuck does that mean? how?
next: need to go to Control Panel -> Phone and Modem Options -> Modems tab and there to select the Standard Modem over IR link and click its Properties.
however when i go there i don't find an Standard Modem over IR link entry, only my PCI modem! so i can't follow the rest of the instructions.

in another manual (Support Guide for Installing Nokia IrDA Modem INF Manually in WinXP) it says that when going to Control Panel -> Phone and Modem Options i should activate InfraRed on my phone and point it at the IrDA port, and WinXP should show a baloon in the system try indicating that it detects new hardware. well doesn't happen for me.

would like to point out that in Control Panel -> Wireless Link -> Infrared tab i have a check next to the following items:
Display an icon on the taskbar indicating infrated activity
Play sound when Infrared device is nearby
Allow others to send files to your computer using ifrared communications
Notify me when receiveing files

FAQ/troubleshooting sections in guides and on Nokia site were of no help.
to me it seems that IrDA simply isn't working on my computer. but what do i know ??? :o

OK now here's my questions:
how can i tets if the USB-IrDA adapter is indeed installed correctly?
how do i check if it's operating/how do i activate it?

TIA. (and sorry for the long post)
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Postby dodecahedron on Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:08 pm

bump.
no one have any experience running an IrDA adapter on a desktop PC (in WinXP) ???
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Postby pranav81 on Tue Jan 25, 2005 2:01 pm

I have a USB Bluetooth Dongle.I use it to transfer data to and fro to my Nokia 6600.I have a friend who has a IrDA adapter installed.I will check with him and let you know what I find out.


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Postby dodecahedron on Tue Jan 25, 2005 2:28 pm

thank you very much :)
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Postby pranav81 on Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:33 pm

Well dodecahedron,my friend just plugged in the adapter and Win XP installed all the drivers by itself.Then using PC Suite that came with the phone and it detects and transfers data to phone without any problems.It also can transfer data to laptops with IrDA.

I think that the adapter you have is not working.Can you get a replacement for the same?


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Could you send the driver to me?

Postby mhj1190 on Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:28 am

I lost the driver cd, and couldn't find it on the web.

So, if possible, could you send one copy to me?
Thanks a lot.

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Re: Could you send the driver to me?

Postby dodecahedron on Wed Aug 24, 2005 12:48 am

mhj1190 wrote:I lost the driver cd, and couldn't find it on the web.

So, if possible, could you send one copy to me?
Thanks a lot.

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is it the same brand + model as mine ?
WORLD ADS-188IR IrDA Adapter
if not i don't know how useful the drivers would be for you.
what OS ?
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