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Graphtec new USB cord not recognized

Discussion in 'Graphtec' started by bold_will_hold, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. bold_will_hold

    bold_will_hold Member

    May 9, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Running an old Graphtec FC5100
    It is my bread and butter. I recently saw the usb cord breaking down.
    There was a cover I took off the cable and there is a small chip in there
    the wire broke from the solder point. I think the chip is to extend the signal. IDK

    I looked up the serial number and ordered another cable.
    It is not identical but say it is the same
    Active usb 2.0 A to B

    I ghetto fixed the old wire in the mean time.
    When I plug the new cable right after the old cable windows will recognize the plotter.
    When I wait alittle and power down then try to power the plotter back on it wont recognize it
    no matter what I try in windows.

    If it plug the old wire in a few times I can get it to sync back up with windows.

    It is so odd that the cable will work but then wont.
    Why does the plotter love this old cable so much?!
    Am I doing something wrong I need a replacement USB cable for this thing.

    Windows 7 USB 3.0 and 2.0 all set to legacy.
    would it be worth try a parallel to usb cable instead?
    Would I still be able to read the material size from flexi using parallel?
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2019
  2. Jburns

    Jburns Active Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    strange -- my experience, USB devices need a driver, but that is on the computer side for the device. You can try the Serial - to Serial on your computer- should not require driver, but will take a little setup on the computer side to match communication settings.
    Even if you get a USB on plotter side to Serial on computer side, that would probably take some setup.

    edit: maybe check your Device manager- USB ports and see if the same port number is being used for new cable. You may have to assign a new port in device manager- under your FC5100 - like a printer - but I am guessing.