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Does anybody have any idea what either Microsoft of McAfee did to HyperTerminal? Both of the laptops that I use regularly, plus the laptops of my crew, have developed problems running HyperTerminal ... which reaches KILL! KILL! KILL! level frustration when no one on site has a terminal that can talk to the two new routers we're trying to bring up.

Ultimately, I went back out to the new Breakthrough Magnet School site this morning with the free-ware TerraTerm and got the job done in an hour.


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Apr. 18th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
puTTY is also really handy for that sort of thing. Back when I had a cluster of headless machines and hubs and switches too smart for their own good by half, my 'crash cart' was this old Compaq 486 laptop we had lying around, with simple terminal programs like those, and an assortment of serial-port dongles.

Windows Terminal pukes whenever you give it a [ctrl]-^, which is really annoying if you're a fan of pine or pico. My build of XPsp2 says "HyperTerminal Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519 : Service Pack 2)" but you'd have to pay me to use it, given the availability of things like puTTY and TeraTerm.
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that HT has hit the end of the road for me. It'll be TeraTerm from here on out.

...If I had an old beast of a laptop like yours kicking around, I'd probably have ProComm+ for DOS on it! Come to think of it, I do have that 486DX/33 ThinkPad down in the basement. Hmmmm. 'Course the battery is shot.
Apr. 18th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Batteries for obsolete laptops can generally be had for $50-$150 or so, making it cheaper than a crash-cart terminal, and more portable. Expense it.
Apr. 19th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
I can't even SAY McAfee without wanting to spit on the ground. My new (refurbished) laptop came with it loaded (registered to someone else, of course) and it took a month to get that straightened out (as if I was the first person ever that Dell/McAfee ever sold one to with that problem). But their software is quirky and I don't like the security settings at all.
Apr. 19th, 2006 10:21 am (UTC)
Yep. I had to spike McAfee on my desktop at work -- it kept blowing up my scanner software. Now I just run virus scans manually, like the good old days.

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