The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, February 06, 2003

Of course the serial port doesn't work …

I mentioned to Mark the trouble I was having with the serial port on the laptop and he mentioned that most laptops have such ports normally turned off to save power.

Of course. My very first laptop was like that—you would have to enable the serial ports before using them. Forgot about that.

A quick Google search and I find:

The serial port is disabled by default in the TP600. The TP600 can only run one of the serial and infrared ports at a time. The easiest way to enable the serial port is to go into Windows 95 and use the config tool there.

Linux on IBM ThinkPad 600

(I also learned about potential battery problems but for me, that's par for course—this is the first laptop I've had that I could run for any amount of time off the battery)

Looks like I'll have to download tpctl to enable the serial port.

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