The thread on "USB serial port" reminded me of a problem to which I have been searching for an answer: Is there an alternative to using that "wonderful" Microsoft Hyperterm?
Problem: Hyperterm doesn't seem to work properly (for me) on console connections when using Windows XP. When text scrolls (up) out of the "active window", it gets scrambled.
I thought it was because I was forced to use one of those USB/Serial dongles since laptops don't seem to come with serial ports (DB9) any more. However, at a client site, I noticed that an XP desktop with a genuine serial port was having the same problem.
Anyone experience this and 1) Have a work-around or 2) Know of a software replacement for Hyperterm that works?