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on October 26, 2013

First let me say that before I correctly installed the proper driver first, plugging the Cable into the Radio & the PC would put the Baofeng UV-5R into Transmit mode, and cause my PC to shut down. Here is how you fix that!

Important: DO NOT plug in the cable to the radio until you get the driver installed. This may cause an excessive power demand from your PC's USB port and cause shut down or damage.

Here is the quick & easy way to install a working driver that is already inside of Windows.

Plug in the USB Radio Cable to your PC only.
Wait for Windows to recognize the new device. (If Windows does not recognize device, go to Device Manager to configure USB Cable driver.)
When asked for a driver/location select Install Driver Manually.
Select HAVE DISC button.
For the TYPE of device scroll down & select PORTS
For the driver manufacturer scroll down & select PROLIFIC
(The USB Serial GPS should be selected on right half of window.)

Windows will give you a warning about the driver, just ignore and continue.
Make sure you look to remember which Port it used. (Ex. COM7)
If you forget which Port is used, you can bring up Device Manager to find the device & port.

If you install Chirp software, you will need to configure it for the Baofeng UV-5R. Make sure you select the correct Port# or it will not find your radio. It will also give you a warning about Baofeng compatibility, just ignore that and continue to "clone" the information from your radio into Chirp software.

When the radio is SENDING information to the software app, the light on the radio will blink RED.
When the radio is RECEIVING information from the software app, the light will blink GREEN.

Below is an alternate method for installing the software that came on the mini CD-ROM disc.

Okay folks...I had the similar problems of not being able to install the driver, nor the WIN7 OS being able to assign a correct one so here is what I did to make it work - EASY!

1. Insert the small drivers disc into your CD-ROM/DVD-ROM.
2. Navigate to the root directory and you will see the Folder "M_K"
3. Go inside the "M_K" folder and you will see a folder named "USB"
4. Go inside the USB folder and you will see another folder named "新版驱动"
Example: F:\M_K\USB\新版驱动 (where "F:" is your CD/DVD drive.)
5. Inside the folder named "新版驱动" you will see a file named:
6. Copy that file to a temporary folder somewhere on your hard drive (C:)
7. You can now run the file without it crashing!
8. The installation should go without any issues and report that the USB driver has been installed correctly.

For some reason, the file is not able to run from the root directory on the mini CD-ROM, and needs to be copied to your computer to run.
You may also want to right-click ("I said, RIGHT-CLICK!") and select "Run as Administrator" if there are problems. I didn't have any, but I am logged on as Administrator of my machine and only have one logon account for this machine.

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on November 6, 2016
Ok. The cable is a fake prolific chip so the trick is to find the Vista X64 driver search for Vista Prolific driver ver Do not even plug this cable in till you got the driver. Install the driver. Disconnect your computer from the internet. This will prevent windows from updating the driver when you plug it in. Ok plug it in. Let windows find it. Check device manger to see that it installed properly. Ok connect back to the internet. Now what you do depends on if you have Win10 Home or Win10Pro. For home users. In device manager right click the prolific to serial com port. Update the driver. Now your device will not work but now you double click the device and go to the drivers tab then select roll back driver. This will get it working again and Win 10 may or may not try to update it down the road but for the time being it works. Now you must plug it into the same usb port you just used or win10 will update the driver and break it again. Don't change USB ports.

Now for Win10 Pro users you can fix this problem once and for all. Search online for how to use the group policy editor to prevent device from install new drivers. You will find the directions on how to do that. Now you can use the device in the same usb port but if you try to switch usb ports windows will not allow the new drivers to install. You will also have use the same usb port all the time.

For those handy with soldering you can make your own cable using a $2.00 "programming cable" from china and a 99cent ch340g usb to serial board.Just order the cable and controller then cut the end off the cable and look on line for how to solder the new board on and bingo for $3 you have no issues. Cable works in win10 no problem.... any port.

For those who just want a cable that works out of the box get the FTDI cable......
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on June 5, 2017
Did not work on Windows 10 or Mac regardless of driver or advice provided here and in forums. However, I was able to get it to work on Win7 x64 with no problem. I don't like using my work computer for these things though. I couldn't get my Ubuntu working on my Chromebook since some sort of Chromium updated. Therefore, technically, 3 out of 4 operating systems could not use this cable. For most, I would recommend buying the $20 authentic cable.
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on July 18, 2017
Used to program BF-888S radios. It didn't work with Windows 7 or Windows 10 (even with the driver fix). Booted into a Windows XP vm and worked just fine. Windows anti-virus detects viruses on the CD - CD appears to be filled with junk = took off two stars for this reason. Avoid the CD - get the programming software online or get CHIRP.

It worked but I'd suggest getting the actual programming cable and not this one which I guess has the fake chip. The real cable should work on Windows 10.
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on June 12, 2017
The construction quality of this cable seems off. It has a flimsy feel to it, especially the connector parts. I lost my driver CD, so it took awhile to find a driver online that worked for this cable. It is NOT a prolific driver. It is a CH341SER driver which you have to download from some Chinese website. I was able to use Chirp on my MacOSX 10.9 computer to configure my Baofeng UV-5R.
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on May 10, 2016
I ordered this Baofeng programming cable to transfer a bunch of frequencies as well as access the squelch settings of my Baofeng UV-5RVP Hi-Power, dual band radio. At first I assumed that it would work only on my Baofeng handheld transceiver, but was pleasantly surprised that this cable also works for my TYT UV8-R and Welink M5 handheld transceivers.

Although I primarily use the popular CHIRP software, I discovered that this cable also works well with the factory supplied programming software from TYT and Baofeng. If you have a Welink M5, Google for the SainSonic RST-599 programming software as the waterproof Welink M5 handheld is actually based on the RST-599.

The programming cable is well built and the USB-to-serial electronics are nicely encapsulated into the head. Note that you must ensure that the dual pronged jacks snap into your handheld's mic and earphone sockets snugly for this cable to work with your programming software. If CHIRP fails to communicate with your radio, always check whether the pins snap into your radio tightly.

If you're a Windows user, this cable seems to select COM3 or COM4 as the default communications port. Windows 10 users should take special note: you'll require the older Windows Vista Prolific driver ver for this cable to work properly. If Windows 10 automatically updates to its latest driver, you'll have to roll back to the version via Device Manager (look under the Ports (COM & LPT) category).

In a nutshell, I am very pleased with this product. There are other programming cables for amateur radio equipment out there but this one works not only for Baofeng radios, but with any brand and model that the CHIRP software (actually it's donation-ware) supports.
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on October 29, 2016
Gotta watch the You-tube stuff on this.
Download the driver from there, not the disk. Throw away disk.
- Basically, before you plug the thing in to the USB, disable your computer's internet link. It will ALWAYS search and replace the old driver for a new one which doesn't work.

Thats all. Thing works great, once you remember that 1 little step.
So here we go,

1. Throw away disk,
2. download new driver,
3. turn off internet,
4. plug in the USB.
5. Program the radio
6. Unhook USB and enable computer's internet again.

Thats it.
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on July 23, 2017
The cable is pretty much straight forward and easy to connect. The included CD is, for me, useless as it is not a normal size CD. As a result, neither the tray or slot models of CD-ROM drives I have can handle it. I will have to dig out the old portable to see if the disc is of any use. I'll likely just do what others did, and download the CHIRP software.
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on March 2, 2017
Cable is a serial to USB 2.0 cable. If your computer has only USB 3.0 connections it wont work. You will need an external USB strip that will use USB 2.0 connections when plugged into a computer. USB 3.0 should be backwards compatible with USB 2.0, but it isn't on my Acer desktop computer. My Windows computer did not show the above info, that it was 2.0 cable and not being found by the computer, until I had been working on getting it to connect for an hour. The error message from the operating system should have shown up much sooner. I am a very experienced computer tech with 30 years plus of experience.
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on September 15, 2017
COUNTERFEIT!!!! I spoke directly with the manufacturer because the tiny CD had me stumped. There was no way to use it to install the drivers. Baofeng told me that their programming cable does not come with a CD because it doesn't need one. Also, they have LED light indicators on the cable, this one does not. They recommend NOT using it with their radio.
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