As some of you may know, the USB-to-serial driver for the iOptron 8402 handset/controller was forcibly removed from the windows 10 driver list by replacing it with a dummy driver.
The reasons for this were unbelievable: pirates were selling a pirated copy of USB-to-serial chip in the handset, that was so convincing that one could not tell it from the original. To deal with this piracy, the original manufacturer of the USB-to-serial chip asked that the driver be removed from windows 10 in 2012. This disabled ALL USB-to-serial chips of that design, and not just the counterfeit ones.
AFAIK, iOptron had nothing to do with this nonsense.
I just happen to have one of those 8402G controllers, so I am out of luck at connecting it to Windows 10 unless I disable updates on Windows 10 and load an old driver, which would affect all of my drivers. Not a good idea.
But my mount -- the iOptron cube-A (not the II) -- also supports the 8401 controller, which is still sold. It contains a different USB-to-serial chip. So, I wonder if the problem would go away if I bought an 8401 handset.
Is anyone who has an 8401 handset using it with an up-to-date copy of Windows 10?
Thanks for any information in advance!