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+-------------------------------------------------+ ComPort Library version 3.

10 for Delphi 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2005, 2006 and C++ Builder 3, 4, 5, 6 by Dejan Crnila 1998-2002 maintained by Lars Dybdahl and Paul Doland +-------------------------------------------------+ Contents 1. Author information 2. Support 3. Files in archive 4. Examples 5. Package names 6. Installing ComPort Library 7. C++ Builder notes 8. Installing help file 9. Known problems and issues 1. Author information -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Name: Dejan Crnila E-mail: dejancrn@yahoo.com Year of birth: 1978 Occupation: Student of computer science at University of Ljubljana Current maintainers -----------------Name: Lars B. Dybdahl E-mail: Lars@dybdahl.dk Homepage: http://dybdahl.dk/lars/ Year of birth: 1971 Occupation: Freelance programmer Paul Doland E-mail: cport@pauld.ml1.net 2. Support -------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any questions, suggestions, opinion or any other messages, please visit the sourceforge forums. 3. Files in archive -------------------------------------------------------------------------------ReadMe.Txt - this file Sources.zip - ComPort Library sources Help.zip - Delphi context-sensitive help file for library Examples.zip - Example projects for Delphi & C++ Builder 4. Examples -------------------------------------------------------------------------------ComExample.dpr, ComExampleCB*.bpr - shows some basic send-recieve features

ModTest.dpr MiniTerm.dpr, MiniTermCB*.bpr CPortMonitor.pas

- modem test console application - simple terminal application - TCPortMonitor component for monitoring incoming and outgoing data. This example shows how to link to TCustomComPort component. Author: Roelof Y. Ensing (e-mail: ensingroel@msn.com).

BarCodeScanner.pas - TBarCodeScanner component. An example of simple TCustomComPort descendant. 5. Package names -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Design-Time Source Run-Time Source -----------------------------Delphi 3 DsgnCPort3.dpk CPortLib3.dpk Delphi 4 DsgnCPort4.dpk CPortLib4.dpk Delphi 5 DsgnCPort5.dpk CPortLib5.dpk Delphi 6 DsgnCPort6.dpk CPortLib6.dpk Delphi 7 DsgnCPort7.dpk CPortLib7.dpk Delphi 2005 DsgnCPort9.dpk CPortLib9.dpk (also .bdsproj) Delphi 2006 DsgnCPort10.dpk CPortLib10.dpk (also .bdsproj) C++ Builder 3 DsgnCPortCB3.bpk CPortLibCB3.bpk C++ Builder 4 DsgnCPortCB4.bpk CPortLibCB4.bpk C++ Builder 5 DsgnCPortCB5.bpk CPortLibCB5.bpk C++ Builder 6 DsgnCPortCB6.bpk CPortLibCB6.bpk Design-Time library ---------------DsgnCPort3.dpl DsgnCPort4.bpl DsgnCPort5.bpl DsgnCPort6.bpl DsgnCPort7.bpl DsgnCPort9.bpl DsgnCPort9.bpl 3 4 5 6 DsgnCPortCB3.bpl DsgnCPortCB4.bpl DsgnCPortCB5.bpl DsgnCPortCB6.bpl Run-Time library ---------------CPortLib3.dpl CPortLib4.bpl CPortLib5.bpl CPortLib6.bpl CPortLib7.bpl CPortLib9.bpl CPortLib9.bpl (also .lib and .bpi for CPortLibCB3.bpl CPortLibCB4.bpl CPortLibCB5.bpl CPortLibCB6.bpl (also (also (also (also .lib .lib .lib .lib and and and and .bpi) .bpi) .bpi) .bpi)

Delphi 3 Delphi 4 Delphi 5 Delphi 6 Delphi 7 Delphi 2005 Delphi 2006 C++) C++ Builder C++ Builder C++ Builder C++ Builder

6. Installation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Remove all previously installed files of ComPort Library (TComPort component). Create a new folder under Delphi directory and extract Sources zip file into new folder. Add to the Library Path the new ComPort folder (Tools-Environment Options-Library-Library Path). For Delphi 2006: Use the instructions below for all other Delphi versions. But, note that Delphi 2006 supports both Delphi and C++ Builder. I recommend installing CPort while running Delphi 2006 in the "all personalities" mode of Delphi, rather than in the Delphi

only personality. That helps make sure CPort gets installed dual-mode, with both Delphi and C++ Builder support. Note that for some reason, I find the .LIB files get stored into the CPort directory instead of the $BDSPROJECTS/BPL directory. So, after you install CPort, double check to make sure the .LIB files are in the right spot. Finally, the .HPP files also get stored in the CPort directory. Either move them to a folder already in the C++ source path, or add the CPort directory to the C++ source path. Otherwise, follow the directions below, and also read the C++ Builder notes: For Delphi 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2005 & C++ Builder 4, 5, 6: (C++ Builder users also need to read the C++ Builder notes) Use "File/Open" menu item in Delphi/C++ Builder IDE to open ComPort run-time package source file (see above). Click "Compile" button in Package window to compile the library. Now move run-time package library file or files (see above) from ComPort folder to a folder that is accessible through the search PATH (e.g. WinNT\System32). Now you have to install design-time package. Use File/Open menu item to open design-time package source file (see above). Click "Compile" button in Package window to compile the package and "Install" button to register ComPort into the IDE. ComPort components appear in "CPortLib" page of component pallete. If it complains that it can't install it because it can't find a library, you probably did not put the run-time package in the search path. You might not get this error until the next time you try to start Delphi/C++ Builder. Note: Do not save packages under Delphi/C++ Builder IDE. For C++ Builder 3 (C++ Builder users also need to read the C++ Builder notes) C++ Builder 3 does not have a "Package window" like the other products. So, installation is slightly different. Use "File/Open" menu item in Delphi/C++ Builder IDE to open ComPort run-time package source file (see above). Compile the package from the project menu or Ctrl-F9. Now move run-time package library files (see above) from ComPort folder to a folder that is accessible through the search PATH (e.g. WinNT\System32). Now you have to install design-time package. Use File/Open menu item to open design-time package source file (see above). Compile the package from the project menu or Ctrl-F9. To install the package into the IDE, go to the Component menu, "Install Packages" option. Click the Add button. Browse to the design-time library and select it. If it complains that it can't install it because it can't find a library, you probably did not put the run-time package in the search path as described above. Note about Delphi 2: Note: Delphi 2 is no longer suported, however, with some minor changes, it should compile under Delphi 2 as well.

Use "Component/Install" menu item to add "CPortReg.pas" unit to the component library. This unit registers ComPort components on "CPortLib" page of component pallete. 7. C++ Builder Notes -----------------------------------------------------------------------------The .hpp file C++ Builder creates for cport.pas will have a bug in it. The first time you compile a project, you will get one or two duplicate definitions within the EComPort exception class. It seems to be safe to delete or comment out the duplicates. Also, the CPortCtl.HPP may have a bug in it. If you get an error about the following being ambiguous; typedef TBitmap TLedBitmap; Change it to: typedef Graphics::TBitmap TLedBitmap; If someone knows how to fix these more cleanly, please post what you find to the CPort Forum so that we can incorporate your findings in future revisions. 8. Installing help file (not available for Delphi2005) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------In Delphi/C++ Builder, go to the Help menu, customize item. You should be presented with a tabbed notebook, "Contents" tab selected. Click the + (Add File s) button. Browse to the CPort directory. Select CPort.toc. Click on the "Index" tab. Click Add Files. Select CPort.hlp. Click on the "Link" tab. Click Add Files. Select CPort.hlp. Select File Menu/Save Project Item. Exit program. Note that Borland's OpenHelp utility does not prompt you if you close the program and forget to save your changes, so you must remember to do so yourself. 9. Known problems and issues ----------------------------------------------------------------------------1.) OnRxBuf event handler problem in Delphi IDE If user double clicks on OnRxBuf event in Delphi IDE, message pops up saying: "Property and Method ComPort1RxBuf are not compatible". This is a Delphi IDE bug, since it can't handle untyped parameters like Buffer parameter of OnRxBuf event. Solution: Application has to assign OnRxBuf handler manually in code. 2.) Two serial ports sharing the same IRQ address Some users of Windows 95/98 have reported that application can't have two TComPort components open simultaneouslly if serial ports share the same IRQ address. This usually COM1/COM3 and COM2/COM4. Solution: Not known yet. 3.) No integrated help for Delphi 2005 or 2006.

Solution: Manually open .HLP file with Windows Help.