Category: Not Classified
Caution Level: Safe
Owners of newer laptops have already discovered that many of the computers are being shipped without standard 9 pin RS-232 Serial Ports. This was not an oversight, but part of an overall strategy to simplify the operation and improve information throughput in and out of a PC.
Unless you update your drivers regularly you may face hardware performance issues.
To check your drivers you should manually verify every device on your system for driver updates
The elements of Speed and Simplicity are what bump the new design philosophy up against the 'Legacy Technology' of the Standard RS-232 Serial Port. The effort of 'Legacy Removal' has placed the Serial Port on a dead end track with standard PC development. The ease of external Plug-and-Play, as well as the data speeds needed for digital imaging, video conferencing, and other digital audio and video interfacing, has pushed the use of USB as the standard interconnect technology. It is highly recommended you run a free registry scan for and COM Port B errors before installing any driver updates.