Re: COM ports

Neat - I'd never have thought of that one!

Here is another approach. Since the problem is that devices that are
not present are nto shown in Device Manager, even if "show Hidden
Devices" is enabled, try this:

From an elevated command prompt, type set
devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, press enter, then type start
devmgmt.msc and press enter.

From the Device Manager, select View - Show Hidden Devices. Now when
you expand the COM ports section you will see all of the old devices and
can uninstall them. You might also delete the old bluetooth device
installs while you are at it.



"PaulB" <PaulB@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Go to the Control panel and select Printers. Right click on any
printer and
select properties. Then select Ports and scroll up or down to find the
ports and delete the ones you no longer need. Make sure you reselect
original port for that printer again after your done.

"em.edwards13@xxxxxxxxx" wrote:

I'm trying to install a bluetooth device that requires two ports
within the range of COM ports 3-9. When I install the device, COM
ports that are too high are automatically assigned. However, when I
try to manually change these COM ports, it tells me that all the
ports are "in use". This is because I've had to reinstall the same
device several times (after it being disconnected and reconnected),
and each time it was assigned higher COM ports. The computer does not
recognise that these COM ports are no longer in use. How can I
manually change this?