[Wine] Wine & Access to Com1 Port for Rig Control

Irena & Richard Jenkins richard.jenkins at internode.on.net
Sun Jun 1 20:02:05 CDT 2008

I am attempting to control an amateur radio transceiver using its own 
program ... which works under windows98 and newer.  As I am a linux user I 
want to avoid having a windows installation for just one program.

The details are as follwos:

rig:  Tentec Pegasus
computer: PC-type with 2+ GHz processor and 512 Meg of RAM

software:  Sidux (2008.1)  +  pegasus rig control software version 2.01

Wine --- installed from binaries in sidux/debian reps.  (ver 1.0-rc2)

This computer has only a single com port which is identified as com1 by linux.

The cable provided by Tentec allows signals both ways for control purposes.   
I have tried easrlier versions of wine ... with extremely limited results.  
Basically I could not get the combination to work at all.  It would keep 
freezing ... and I would have to break into the computer (even a soft reboot) 
to regain control.

My outcome this time is much better ... so thanks to all the wine developers 
for their work.  It is paying off.  The program loads quickly, displays 
appropriately ... and I am able to set all sorts of things just as if I was 
using the same program in windows.  The display is exactly what I would be 
seeing under windows.  So, I can set my callsign, GMT offset, etc ... and the 
program will accept them and remember them for future use.  Everything at the 
computer end seems to be as it should.

Hoiwever, and it's a big one ... the program cannot converse with the radio.  
I have tried resetting the program to use com ports 1 through to 6 ... but on 
each occasion after testing the link, the program states it cannot converse 
with the radio ... and the behaviour of the led's on the face of the radio 
cabinet reinforces this view.

Clearly, what I am missing is some direction to get my com1 port functioning 
under wine.  I have had a look at various resources for this ... but without 
success.  Can someone please direct me to the place where there is a simple 
explanation of what to do to make this work.  



Irena & Richard Jenkins

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