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Old 10-14-07, 11:54 AM   #1
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WTF? No serial port?

I don't get it. Why is it that computers are designed to not be useful? I just found out that my brand new motherboard on order has no serial port. Why is the serial port being removed? Let alone the parallel port, I don't even want to think about the parallel port.
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There are Serial-to-USB adapters, and the reverse, so it's not a big deal. Almost everything is USB today. Even my scanner, bought 10 years ago, is USB.
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ANd yet they still make space for a CNR slot on the motherboard...
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Cnr?

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Because nobody (without special purpose) uses serial (or parallel) ports anymore. Why do you want them to keep dinosaurs in standard computers? They are useful now, but only in very special purposes (usually for kits that are too crappy to upgrade communication to USB) and can easily be had in the form of PCI cards.
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Serial ports are like so 1995..
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Serial ports are like so 1995..
And then some....
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I have some top of the line step motor drivers that interface via RS232 through serial. Also, it's easy to interface with the computer via RS232.
And hte parallel port, what a useful device. With 25 pins, each that can have it's own high - low output, it's very easy to enable circuits. The most direct example would be a relay.
Interfacing with usb is more complicated.
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Serial ports haven't been around for years boss.
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I have some top of the line step motor drivers that interface via RS232 through serial. Also, it's easy to interface with the computer via RS232.
And hte parallel port, what a useful device. With 25 pins, each that can have it's own high - low output, it's very easy to enable circuits. The most direct example would be a relay.
Interfacing with usb is more complicated.
I can understand the parallel if you are using it to drive circuits and not just communication, but are you using the RS232 for anything other than communication? No....these "top of the line" step motors are apparently just to cheap and/or lazy to update to usb communication interface.

I used use microcontroller kits that communicated over serial back in college. That was about 10 years ago, and even back then I was annoyed that they were still using serial ports.
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True dat KT... I was just sayin that that was around the time when USB started to go big and serial ports started becoming passe..
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Most people who need an RS-232 serial port don't need a lot of processing power. We're talking low-speed communications, data aquisition, amateur robotics and all that. And as has been mentioned, USB/Serial adapters abound. I've had good luck with Keyspan under pretty much any OS.
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Can you name any recent hardware these days that actively use the serial port??? Those days are history. I used a lot of serial port based stuff, but with USB, Firewire and network ports are far faster and people just don't want to screw with them. I like firewire better than USB, but it not as available as the USB standard. Guess you'll need to get a PCI card with some serial ports. My system does not have a printer, serial or "A" drive connections. I have a boat load of USB2 and 2 firewire ports though.
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Cnr?

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It's to keep people from making posts in ALL CAPS! I think if more than a certain percentage of your post is capital letters, it 'fixes' the case for you.

As far as no serial/parallel ports... yeah... while they're still useful to a VERY small number of people, USB and Firewire is MUCH more usable and flexible.

My laptop ditched the serial and parallel connectors, and instead has two different video out connectors (Analog and Digital) allowing me to use multiple monitors (In addition to the video out for a TV)

If you really need it, there are any number of different expansion options out there that you can use... including full USB2 'docking' stations, that will have parallel, serial, network, usb, etc and only need a single connection to the computer.
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Can you name any recent hardware these days that actively use the serial port??? Those days are history. I used a lot of serial port based stuff, but with USB, Firewire and network ports are far faster and people just don't want to screw with them. I like firewire better than USB, but it not as available as the USB standard. Guess you'll need to get a PCI card with some serial ports. My system does not have a printer, serial or "A" drive connections. I have a boat load of USB2 and 2 firewire ports though.
3 1/2" floppy drives. Those are a laugh. They were never all that reliable, anyway. Took forever to get rid of the damn things, too. (Hell... they're not gone yet! You can get one that plugs into a USB port!)
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There is one very good reason why PC's should still have serial ports ... you cannot establish a serial connection to a router, firewall, switch without it. Now, if the router, firewall, and switch vendors would use USB for console connections, then that would be a different story. For now, you'll have to pay for a $50 USB to serial adapter.
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There is one very good reason why PC's should still have serial ports ... you cannot establish a serial connection to a router, firewall, switch without it. Now, if the router, firewall, and switch vendors would use USB for console connections, then that would be a different story. For now, you'll have to pay for a $50 USB to serial adapter.
1) MOST computer users will never have a reason to attempt to establish a serial connection to a router, firewall, or switch. Home routers and such generally don't have such a connector built in.

2) People that need a serial adapter can get one... why add the cost to every single computer out there for something that's not needed by more than 99% of users?

3) My routers have been modified to add an external serial connector to them (a lot have the connections inside, just no external connector to link up to) ... my USB-serial cable cost me $5.
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For now, you'll have to pay for a $50 USB to serial adapter.
Here. $4.62 w/ free shipping

And here. $7.10, also free shipping
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1) MOST computer users will never have a reason to attempt to establish a serial connection to a router, firewall, or switch. Home routers and such generally don't have such a connector built in.
I'm not most computer users. In fact, anyone in the networking industry will need their computer to establish a console connection.

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2) People that need a serial adapter can get one... why add the cost to every single computer out there for something that's not needed by more than 99% of users?
Yea, at Fry's for $50. Radio Shack doesn't carry them.

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3) My routers have been modified to add an external serial connector to them (a lot have the connections inside, just no external connector to link up to) ... my USB-serial cable cost me $5.
Really? All Cisco routers require an AUX/Console connection. You connect a Cisco rollover cable from an RJ-45 to DB-9.
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Implementing support for serial ports is probably extremely inexpensive, I doubt it adds more than a few cents to the motherboard cost...
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Heh, some Dells are coming thru with no PS/2 ports!
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Heh, some Dells are coming thru with no PS/2 ports!
There have been computers for at least 7 years without PS/2 ports. I remember my boss freaking out when someone brought a computer in for repair and he'd told them on the phone that they didn't need to bring the keyboard or mouse... and then there's no PS/2 ports on the comp.

I've heard people whining about new computers not having ISA expansion ports as recently as 6 months ago.

Eventually you have to drop the old technologies... otherwise you'd still have cars with a crank on the front to start them! I remember the stink people made about computers not supporting tape drives anymore.
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Implementing support for serial ports is probably extremely inexpensive, I doubt it adds more than a few cents to the motherboard cost...
While you're at it... add back in ISA slots, tape drives... CGA monitors... ZIP drives... 8" drives, SCSI connectors, AT-style keyboard ports, Oh, yeah... dual power supply connectors, so you can use it with both AT and ATX power supplies...

72 pin memory connectors... oh, 36 pin, too, while you're at it.
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The first one I remember seeing was the Compaq iPaq (Which was the first item to bear that name, as I recall), a small desktop computer, which could be had in a "Legacy Free" version. No serial ports, no parallel ports, no PS/2 ports... Just a bunch of USB ports. This was about 1999 or 2000, I think.

I remember cards with several 30-pin SIMM slots that would plug into 72-pin slots. Made sense back then. RAM was foogin' expensive!

Also, I demand to know where I'm supposed to plug in this 80-column card, complete with 64KB of extra, individually-socketed RAM chips! I paid good money for all of this memory, and I intend to use it!
Yar! I demand that a law be passed that requires all computer makers to continue to support all previous standards! (People have actually TRIED. *shudders* )

I think the computer I was talking about might have been a Compaq... not sure. Someone brought it into the shop I was working in around 2001, and it wasn't brand new.


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