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# 139535 12-Feb-2014 10:25
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Hi guys, 

I have a 15-pin serial cable that I need to used on a laptop that doesn't have a 15-pin serial port, is there some kind of serial to USB adaptor I can get? Or some other alternative? It has a 9pin serial port is that helps (not vga).

Here's a pic of the cable:

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  # 984853 12-Feb-2014 10:28
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What two things does it connect together?

Can you tell me the device it connects to and can you send a pic of that port if possible.

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  # 984873 12-Feb-2014 10:38
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Quick search shows this:
http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/tv-video-cables/dse-serial-usb-adaptor-dsnz-xh8290

I'm sure there are cheaper ones around (try PBTech).

 
 
 
 


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  # 984876 12-Feb-2014 10:40
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15 pin is unusual for serial, usually they're 9 or 25 pin... is it definitely an RS-232 connection?

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  # 984877 12-Feb-2014 10:40
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trig42: Quick search shows this:
http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/tv-video-cables/dse-serial-usb-adaptor-dsnz-xh8290

I'm sure there are cheaper ones around (try PBTech).


I'm sure those DSE cables are 9pin. OP wants 15pin, which is not a standard offering IME which is why I asked what it goes to or what the other end looks like.

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  # 984879 12-Feb-2014 10:41
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trig42: Quick search shows this:
http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/tv-video-cables/dse-serial-usb-adaptor-dsnz-xh8290

I'm sure there are cheaper ones around (try PBTech).


That'll probably be a 9-pin though. 15-pin ... Supervintage.

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  # 984887 12-Feb-2014 10:54
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The cable is a diagnostic cable for a tractor so the other end is some sort or proprietary plug.

No idea it it's rs-232 or not.

The plug on the laptop is just a 9pin serial like this

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  # 984893 12-Feb-2014 11:02
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A quick search shows that JCB and others use a 15pin cable, but there seems to be an intermediate device that sits between the serial cable from the PC and the 15pin cable that goes to the tractor.

Might this be true for your case?

If not, a cable can be made up easily but the exact assignment of pins must be known as well as the protocols used. Guessing may break things.

If the intermediate device is required, that is where you have to go.

Qualifier: I make serial cables up daily for things like lift shaft simulators and security devices. You must know the protocol and pin configurations as there are too many combinations that can be and possibly something can be destroyed.

Does the cable have a part number on it?

What is the model of tractor computer/engine?

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