I Have the X10 ActiveHome kit (the older serial port interface one, not the USB one). For the lif of me I can't the software to communicate with the CM11A (the computer interface unit) I have all the most recent software - have tried it on com ports 1 and2, never works.
I saw an article on the X10- page they guy apparently had the same problem I did
I recently purchased ActiveHome Computer Interface & Software. I followed the Installation instructions to install the software on mycomputer. I have windows XP. The computer would not recognize the com-port, also the computer locked up.I had to push the button to shut down the computer. Disconnect the cablefrom the Serial port and push the button to start up the computer again.
If you installed the software from the CD rom, uninstall it, as it is an older version. Download the most recent version from our web siteby clicking the link for "Single Download Ver 1.42D" under "Software Downloads" to the right of the product picture. You also need to download the "Drivers for Windows XP". Restart your machine in Safe Mode and install the drivers and software, and then restart the machine normally. This should resolve the problem.
I tried doing this on the Administrator account and on my (the main and only other account) and it still doesn't work -- I am never able to get cpmmunication between the CM11A module and my XP PC.
My guess is that XP is reserving/hiding the com ports (1 & 2) from the X10 software. The com ports are fully functional, and will work just fine with other serial devices.
I've tried searching the web and X10 site with no luck.
Any help you gurus could offer would be very much appreciated -- my brother George suggested that look for help here -- some of you may know home, he works for the Electronics house family of publications. He's the dude who manages their trade show. I'd be sure to put a good word in with him for any help offered.