Legacy USB devices with VMWare?

NobylspoonNobylspoon Posts: 620Member ■■■□□□□□□□
Does VMWare work with legacy USB devices connected to the host machine?

I want to use a console cable from my laptop to my Cisco device but I do not have any serial ports so I picked up a USB to serial adapter. Unfortunatly, because the drivers are not digitally signed, Windows 7 will not let me use the device. I tried a few known work arounds with elevated permissions in command prompt but still no luck so I was thinking I can just run an XP VM on the laptop.

Do you think this will work? (VMWare Workstation 6.5)

Thanks.
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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    I believe I've done that with the one I have. I'm not sure if it'll work for your specific device. It's probably more of a driver issue than a VMware issue.
  • DevilsbaneDevilsbane Posts: 4,212Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    I bet it works.

    Windows 7 doesn't allow you to use an unsigned driver? XP is set to warn by default, but that is a simple configuration to bypass it entirely.

    I had a friend once that had to boot in a special mode (I forget what) because his laptop was really fussy with unsigned drivers. Maybe it was because he had 7?
    Decide what to be and go be it.
  • NobylspoonNobylspoon Posts: 620Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Devilsbane wrote: »
    I bet it works.

    Windows 7 doesn't allow you to use an unsigned driver? XP is set to warn by default, but that is a simple configuration to bypass it entirely.

    I had a friend once that had to boot in a special mode (I forget what) because his laptop was really fussy with unsigned drivers. Maybe it was because he had 7?

    On some machines you can hit F8 in POST to disable the check driver signing but unfortunatly I don't get that option in my POST.
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  • astorrsastorrs Posts: 3,139Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Can I assume you're running 64-bit Windows 7 (given the driver signing requirement)?
  • NobylspoonNobylspoon Posts: 620Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    astorrs wrote: »
    Can I assume you're running 64-bit Windows 7 (given the driver signing requirement)?

    Correct. Win7 Home Premium 64bit.
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  • astorrsastorrs Posts: 3,139Member ■■■■■■□□□□
    Nobylspoon wrote: »
    Correct. Win7 Home Premium 64bit.
    What kind of serial-to-USB adapter is it? There is likely a generic driver that is available that will work with it.
  • NobylspoonNobylspoon Posts: 620Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    astorrs wrote: »
    What kind of serial-to-USB adapter is it? There is likely a generic driver that is available that will work with it.

    It is made by Cables Unlimited.

    Cables Unlimited

    They make another adapter very similar that is plug and play with Win7 64bit, no software required.
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