Mac USB-Serial adaptor
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Mac USB-Serial Adaptor
In 243d there is a USB-Serial Adaptor which works with Macs - it will be kept in the ScotGrid toolbox. The following are a set of instructions for use for Mac OS X 10.6 (for 10.7/Lion see below):
Step 1. Driver
- Install the drivers on this disk image:  (http://svr001.gla.scotgrid.ac.uk/MacSerialDriver.dmg) (as an aside, this should presumably mean that /all/ PL2303 chipset serial adaptors work in the same way)
- Install the drivers from here:  (http://changux.co/osx-installer-to-pl2303-serial-usb-on-osx-lio) (which are mirrored on svr001 as  (http://svr001.gla.scotgrid.ac.uk/PL2303_Serial-USB_on_OSX_Lion.pkg) )
Step 2. minicom
10.6 Snow Leopard
- There are different options for a serial terminal on the mac - that one that I have tested is minicom. To install, follow these steps:
- Install MacPorts, the Mac equivalent of yum or apt-get:  (http://www.macports.org/install.php) - the direct link to the Snow Leopard .dmg is (as of 04/11/2010):  (http://distfiles.macports.org/MacPorts/MacPorts-1.9.1-10.6-SnowLeopard.dmg). Follow the instructions in the installer to complete the install
- Install minicom using "sudo port install minicom"
- Create the file /opt/local/etc/minirc.dfl with the following as content. Note that if running as a normal user you will need to use "sudo nano /opt/local/etc/minirc.dfl" or equivalent to get the correct permissions.
# Machine-generated file - use "minicom -s" to change parameters. pr port /dev/tty.usbserial pu baudrate 9600 pr bits 8 pr parity N pu stopbits 1
- Once this is done, typing minicom in Terminal should start minicom correctly, assuming that you have the drivers installed as described above and having the USB-serial adaptor plugged in.
- If you are logging into an APC, press return to get the "User:" prompt