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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
This HOWTO: will guide you through the process of Compiling, and installing SCANTOOL 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: 46001 Controller: ELM327 Hardware Revision 2.2 Firmware Revision 1.2A MFG Date: 18 Oct 2007 SERIAL 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 http://www.newegg.com and is a N82E16812156008 SABRENT 1 ft. USB to Serial db9 Male RS-232 (9-pin) Converter Model SBT-USC1M - Retail @ $10.99. These work wonderful with wvdial, modems, and the Serial ELMSCAN5.
Slackware is a free and open source Linux -based operating system . It was one of the earliest operating systems to be built on top of the Linux kernel and is the oldest currently being maintained. [ 4 ] Slackware was created by Patrick Volkerding of Slackware Linux, Inc. in 1993. The current stable version is 14.0, released on 28 September 2012. [ 2 ] Slackware aims for design stability and simplicity, and to be the most " Unix-like " Linux distribution , making as few modifications as possible to software packages from upstream and using plain text files and a small set of shell scripts for configuration and administration. [ 5 ] [ edit ] Name
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.