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has anyone gotten an iOptron 8401 controller to interface with windows 10?

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#1 alvacouch

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Posted 26 October 2020 - 03:44 PM

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!



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Posted 26 October 2020 - 04:10 PM

I bought this and it's working fine:

 

https://smile.amazon...bb-8a79de2d236f




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