[chirp_users] Win 8.1 and prolific driver and Baofeng UV 82

Wes kb9oic at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 06:50:32 PDT 2014

Thanks. I ordered a cable last night after I wrote this. I will try using
my existing cable using your suggestion until then. Thanks for the great
and quick response.
On Jul 30, 2014 6:31 AM, "Jim Unroe" <rock.unroe at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:23 PM, Wes <kb9oic at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I was able to use my cable with the counterfeit chip and the correct
>> driver while using Win 8. Everything worked fine.  I upgraded to 8.1 and
>> now the wrong driver keeps coming back even when I update the driver.  I
>> can delete and or upgrade, still the same even rebooting, even turning off
>> auto updates. The correct driver will show up, without the exclamation
>> mark, and within seconds of plugging in the cable, the screen will flash 2
>> or 3 times and the driver will show up with the exclamation mark.  Any
>> thoughts?
>> Wes,
> The easiest solution would be to stop using a programming cable with the
> Prolific chip.
> Purchase a programming cable that uses the FTDI chip. They are available
> from multiple sources (BaofengTech.com, BuyTwoWayRadios.com and Valley
> Enterprises come to mind).
> Build a programming cable with a CP2102 module. I did this using parts
> acquired from eBay for under $5.
> http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Technical.php#progcable
> The next easiest solution would be to not use Windows 8.1.
> Download and "burn" CHIRP Live CD to a USB flash drive. The built-in
> Xubuntu OS driver for the Prolific chip doesn't care if it is genuine or
> not. Use the software called "unetbootin" to "burn" CHIRP Live CD to a USB
> flash drive. Be sure to include some "Space used to preserve file across
> reboots (Ubuntu only)" so that CHIRP can be updated and your CHIRP .img
> files can be saved to the flash drive (I would still copy the .img files to
> another medial for backup purposes).
> If you still want to try to use your existing programming cable with
> Windows 8.1 I would suggest the following.
> Plug the programming cable into the USB port that you want to dedicate for
> programming. Don't use a port on a USB hub.
> Go into Device Manager and click the "Uninstall" button for the driver. On
> the next dialog box, be sure to "tick" the "Delete the driver software for
> this device" and then click the "Ok" button.
> Now remove the programming cable and then reboot.
> With the programming cable still unplugged, install the v3.2.0.0 Prolific
> driver and then reboot once more.
> You now have a computer with the latest driver removed and the v3.2.0.0
> driver installed.
> Now disconnect your computer from the internet (unplug the Ethernet cable
> or turn off wi-fi). With the computer not connected to the internet, plug
> your programming cable into the dedicated USB port. The v3.2.0.0 driver
> will be installed for this device on this port. It can't be updated because
> there is no internet connection to acquire the update.
> Good luck,
> Jim KC9HI
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