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The software installation instructions below have been designed to assist users with the installation of the Connect Tech Blue Heat PCI multi-port serial adapters under Microsoft Windows CE 2.11 or higher. Please carefully read over the User’s Manual that came with your Blue Heat adapter for hardware installation/configuration instructions.
Requirements and Notes
- Microsoft Windows CE 2.11 or higher.
- A copy of the newest Connect Tech Blue Heat PCI Windows CE driver files.
- Knowledge of how to use Platform Builder (this document does not describe how to access various files that may be needed in Platform Builder, please consult the Platform Builder documentation for further instruction).
- Windows CE supports up to 10 COM ports. Depending on how many existing COM ports are on the WinCE device, the number of Blue Heat devices that can be added to a single WinCE system will vary.
Setting Up Your Platform
- Copy ctibhce.dll to your development machine (say D:\YourDriverDir).
- Add the following lines to your project.bib file:
ctibhce.dll D:\YourDriverDir\ctibhce.dll NK SH
CTIceTTY.exe D:\YourDriverDir\CTIceTTY.exe NK S
- NOTE: CTIceTTY is an optional program used for COM port testing. If you do not wish to install it, please omit adding the line or comment it out by adding a ; to the beginning of the line.
- Add the following registry entries to your project.reg file:
- You can use the “PortStart” entry to control the COM port numbers you want the driver to create. For example, by specifying “PortStart”=dword:4, the driver will create COM4, COM5, COM6, COM7… If “PortStart” is not specified or “PortStart”=dword:0, the Blue Heat driver will try to allocate free port numbers automatically.
- “Order”=dword:1 can be used to control driver load order. After you rebuild your platform and boot it up, the Blue Heat driver will automatically be loaded and corresponding COM ports will be created.
Testing The Newly Installed Ports
You can perform a simple loopback test with a terminal program (i.e. CTIceTTY) and a loopback connector to ensure that the newly installed ports are functioning.
Connect the loopback connector to the port you want to test and run CTIceTTY. When you type a character, you should see it on the screen, which means that the port is working. If you remove the loopback connector, the characters that you type should not appear on the screen.