Ubuntu USB-Serial port install procedure. The procedure for using the USB adapter from the BOM wasn't in the wiki - nor was it immediately obvious, so, here goes.
If you are using the usb -> RS232 adapter, the serial drivers may need to be installed for the device to work properly. After plugging in the device, first check the hardware messages to see the device was detected: dmesg. View topic - HOWTO: Compile SCANTOOL ODBII Code Reader - Debian. This HOWTO: will guide you through the process of Compiling, and installingSCANTOOL from Scantool.net for Debian Linux.
How to enable USB-Serial Port adapter (RS-232) in Debian 6.0 (Linux)for the ELMSCAN5 Serial Version ODBII Code Reader.Part Number: 46001Controller: ELM327Hardware Revision 2.2Firmware Revision 1.2AMFG Date: 18 Oct 2007SERIAL PORT or USB Converter:If you don't have a serial port on your Laptop, or want to use a USB port Converter check out the following: The USB to Serial Converter is from and is a N82E16812156008 SABRENT 1 ft. USB to Serialdb9 Male RS-232 (9-pin) Converter Model SBT-USC1M - Retail @ $10.99. These work wonderful with wvdial, modems, and the Serial ELMSCAN5.
INSTALL REQUIRED SOFTWARE FOR COMPILE:Typically you need to install build-essential and the headers for the kernel you are running, if you aregoing to compile code. The Slackware Linux Project. Slackware. Slackware is a free and open source Linux distribution.
It was one of the earliest operating systems to be built on top of the Linux kernel and is the oldest currently being maintained. Slackware was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. in 1993. The current stable version is 14.1, released on 7 November 2013. Name The name "Slackware" stems from the fact that the distribution started as a private side project with no intended commitment. What is Slackware? Slackware, started by Patrick Volkerding in late 1992, and initially released to the world on July 17, 1993, was the first Linux distribution to achieve widespread use.
Volkerding first learned of Linux when he needed an inexpensive LISP interpreter for a project. One of the few distributions available at the time was SLS Linux from Soft Landing Systems.