configure cat in 1.11.12

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I just upgraded my 6500 to V 1.11.12 from V 1.10.16 and now I cannot configure com ports in CAT as required. I had COM 4 for FLDIGI. As loaded it only had TCO: Port 5002 Slice 'A'. which is fine....radio works OK but when I tried to add Com 4, it only allows port 131 and above. I cannot define the port numbers. It will not allow me to edit or use any low numbers. I tried the 'advanced' settings but that also starts at port 131 and goes up from there. Am I doing something wrong ( probably) or is this unique to V 1.11.12?
DAX works just fine and I can decode in FLDIGI but no CAT control for frequency etc. Please advise.    73, Jim
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Danny K5CG

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If the problem is that all your lower com ports are "assigned" check this page http://www.uwe-sieber.de/misc_tools_e.html for "COM Name Arbiter Setter".  Run it with admin privs and clear all non-present.

"All your com ports are belong to us"
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Thank you, Danny. I am most familiar with checking com ports at Windows 7 but not so much in Windows 10. I searched for the device manager but never found where the ports were shown. I just don't tip toe into Windows 10 often enough to be familiar (or remember HI HI).   I'll try your advice today.  73, Jim
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OK, finally figured it out. This is enough to make a grown man cry. Found device manager and removed the unneeded or hidden ports:
1. Start menu
2. Windows administrative tools
3. computer management
4. system tools
5. device manager
6. Ports (com & lpt)
7. show hidden ports

then deleted the grayed out ports 4, 5 & 6, added ports 4, 5 & 6, rebooted, launched Logger 32 and FLDIGI and like magic, it worked again.   All apps talk to the radio. 
Thank you for your kind assistance, Danny.

A thought: Does Windows really need to be this complex???      Best 73, Jim
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here is a shorter way...
1. right click window logo bottom left
2. left click device manager
3. view - show hidden ports
4. Expand Ports 
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Thanks for the shorter way, Kevin.    I'm going to write this on a sticky note and paste it on my shack bench. 73, Jim
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Also...
Win+X
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Alt+v
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Many ways to skin that cat. Thanks, Danny.