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Command prompt in Vista and XP

Discussion in 'Software' started by Boycie, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Does anyone know if there is much difference between the two?
    Is the terminal in Vista less powerful/have less features?

    A friends has been told they need a laptop with a serial port to talk to some automotive equipment that must be done using XP - AT commands perhaps?

    Thanks

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    Are you reffering to the CMD.exe? With serial connections I think off telnet instead. Or hyper terminal. By default the telnet client is not installed on Vista, but can be added by the "add and remove programs" equivalent (using a dutch version here).
     
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    I believe I've seem some talk of the CMD shell being extended in Vista. But this isn't what you are really asking. When running a terminal program or Telnet then the CMD console isn't involved.
    Depends on what is being done here. And I doubt severely that Vista won't run such programs.

    You need to find out whether the serial port is being used for a TTY, or whether PPP+TCP/IP is being run over it.

    In the automotive world there is a protocol known as CAN. If this is what he is after then a TTY program will handle it well - like Hyperterm. (Or it used to - I haven't used it for ages!)

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  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Also Hyperterminal is no longer installed in Vista. Unlike Telnet it is not an optional install either. :(
     
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    I had forgotten that. But Hyperterm is still available for personal use from the original makers here.

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    Thanks for the input guy's :thumbleft

    I found out that the hardware must connect via the serial port and hyperterminal is used to talk with the equipment at the other end. Considering *most* laptops no longer come with a serial port, I am assuming a USB > Serial won't cause any further problems?

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    The only thing I came across regarding the cmd.exe is that in vista unless you are logged in as literally "administrator" you will have to do a run as from the system32 folder to have the admin rights.
     
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    I used a Belkin USB-Serial adapter to configure Cisco and Foundry equipment without any problems. Worked like a champ.

    I believe the Dell Latitude laptops still have serial ports.
     
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    Interesting.. i was wondering how to elevate my privilages at the command prompt.. thanks for the heads up :)
     
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    Yeah, I noticed that too, ended up putting a shortcut on the desktop and then running it as admin. Same idea when I needed to edit the hosts file.
     
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    You are welcome.:biggrin

    At first I was login in as administrator to have the full rights but then I remembered the run as feature. Plus reading the whole new features of vista security made a lot of sense after.
     
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