Bug #2289

Windows 8.1

Added by Dwayne Campbell over 7 years ago. Updated over 2 years ago.

Status:Closed Start date:02/05/2015
Priority:Normal Due date:
Assignee:- % Done:


Target version:chirp-daily
Chirp Version:daily Platform:Windows
Model affected:(All models)


Unable to program radio with windows 8.1 computer. error message. works fine on a vista computer. Changed com ports verified correct comport and all that. just can't get it write to my radio on windows 8.1


Updated by Jim Unroe over 7 years ago

  • Status changed from New to Feedback


You didn't state what the error was.

That fact that CHIRP and I assume the same programming cable are working on Vista most likely indicates that the problem is not a CHIRP chirp issue but rather an issue on the Windows 8.1 computer. The most likely causes are SmartScreen being on and/or an incompatible device driver is installed.


Updated by Marcos Vives over 7 years ago

I am able to program my BF-888 fine using Windows 7 and Windows 10 Technical Preview (both 64-bit). Which model do you own?

Also, can you check in the device manager if the device has been initialized successfully? I noticed that Windows 10 (which is able to use the drivers from Windows 8.1) has a newer version of the PL-2303 driver (the driver than handles the COM port) which detects and blocks counterfeit chips used in some programming cables (namely, mine :P). If Windows 8.1 uses these very drivers you might be experiencing this issue.

Updated by Bernhard Hailer over 2 years ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Closed
  • Assignee deleted (Dwayne Campbell)
  • Target version changed from 0.4.1 to chirp-daily
  • Chirp Version changed from 0.4.0 to daily

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