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Microsoft KB Archive/38660

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Softerm Disables Serial Mouse under Windows


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows versions 2.03, 2.1, 2.11, 3.0, 3.0a, 3.1, 3.11


If you are using the Softerm terminal emulation program and have a host connection that is on COM1 and a serial mouse on COM2, Softerm disables the serial mouse under Microsoft Windows.


This problem occurs because Softerm initializes both COM ports and Windows has no way of reinitializing them.


  1. From the command line, start Softerm with a parameter of /c. This returns a screen with I/O addresses/status.
  2. Fill the COM2 location (02F8) with zeros (zero it out).

You then can run the serial mouse under Windows.


Softerm by Softronics is a terminal emulation program that connects a PC to a larger host computer by causing the PC to emulate a terminal.

For more information, contact Softronics.

The product included here is manufactured by Softronics, a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

Additional query words: 3.00 3.00a 3.10 3.11 3rdparty win30

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Technology : kbWin3xSearch kbWin203 kbWin210 kbWin211 kbWin300 kbWin300a kbWin310 kbWin311

Last Reviewed: December 16, 2000
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