Configuring Windows 95/98 for a Quatech RS-485 card, model DS-200/300 (ISA bus)

  1.  Download the Quatech INF files (in zip format) and unzip the files to a floppy disk.

  2. Double click the My Computer icon located on the Windows desktop. This opens a folder showing the various drives, printers, etc.
  3. Double click the Control Panel icon. This opens another folder with many different system configuration utilities.
  4. Double click the Add New Hardware icon. This launches the “Add New Hardware Wizard” utility.
  5. A dialog box should appear explaining about “Add New Hardware Wizard” utility. Click the Next button to continue.
  6. An option box appears providing the choice of having Windows automatically detect your new hardware. Click the “No” option. Click the “Next” button to continue.
  7. The Hardware Types list box should appear. Find the Ports (Com and LPT) type on the list and select it. Click the “Next” button to continue.
  8. Another list box should appear listing Manufacturers on the left and the associated board Models on the right. Click the Have Disk button.
  9. An Install From Disk dialog box should pop up. Insert the diskette with the Quatech INF files on it, select the correct drive letter (usually A:), and click the OK button. After finding the INF files, Windows will choose the correct file.
  10. Your computer will display a list of Quatech Adapter models. Select the Quatech board’s Model Name (DS 302.5) from the list and click the Next button to continue.
  11. A dialog box will appear with an unused I/O range and IRQ resources that Windows has found available in the registry.  Click the Next button to continue.
  12. The Add New Hardware Wizard utility now asks for your Windows installation disks. Serial communication ports require two drivers supplied by Microsoft to function: SERIAL.VXD and SERIALUI.DLL. If you do not have your Windows install CD, click OK anyway. A dialog box appears with an option to Skip the file. Click the Skip button and the files will not be installed. You will need to skip both files.
  13. Another dialog box will open to tell you that the installation is complete. Click the Finish button to end the software part of the installation. Remove the floppy from the drive.
  14. Windows now instructs you to shut down your computer and install the hardware. Click Yes to shut down your computer. Wait until Windows informs you that it is safe to turn your computer off. When this message appears, power down your computer. 

The default hardware configuration of the Quatech serial port adapter must now be changed. 

  1. Right click the My Computer icon located on the Windows desktop. Select "Properties" from the pop-up window to display the System Properties box.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab located along the top of the System Properties box. This lists all hardware devices connected to your computer. 
  3. Double click the device group Ports (Com and LPT). The Model Name of your installed Quatech product should appear in the list of adapters.
  4. Click the new boards Model Name and then click the Properties button to open a Port Properties box for this hardware adapter.
  5. Click the Resources tab located along the top of the properties box.
  6. Select the LAST Basic Configuration on the list.
  7. Click "Input/Output Range" and then click the Change Setting button. A dialog box will display. Enter 2E0-2E7 in the "Value" field then click the OK button.
  8. Click "Interrupt Request" and then click the Change Setting button. A dialog box will display. Enter 7 in the "Value" field then click the OK button.
  9. Click the OK button. Windows informs you to shut down your computer. Reboot.

Troubleshooting:

If the RS-485 card doesn't work:

For scanman installations: if Windows displays "This application is attempting to access a device that is being used by another application" check scanman.ini (PrinterPort, ScannerPort parameters) and sc_ctrl.prm (MODEM, PAGER, REMOTEDISPLAY, RS485PORT parameters) to make sure that two devices aren't assigned to COM1 or COM2. Make sure the mouse isn't on COM1 or COM2. If the problem still occurs edit c:\cf1500\test.bat and add a delay between the running of scanman and sc1500.

For Site Controller installations, if the PC boots to DOS instead of Windows: