Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Linux is making its way to more and more systems. This year it has even reached IrCOMM2k! And Tux is
already doing his new job inside Windows very well. You can watch him when you download and install the
latest 2.0.0-alpha version.
So, the next year will certainly bring the release of 2.0.0. This will mean full virtual COM port support
for Windows 2000 and XP! No more problems with PSION handhelds, no more mysterious errors like 10055
(IrCOMM access conflicts), faster infrared connections and better diagnostic tools. Stay tuned for further
The entire site is available in English now, many thanks to Oliver Schneidemann who did this translation!
Now I hope to better meet the increased demand for this driver and the many requests for help I received.
Please refer to the manual and also to the forum - the answer you are looking for might be in there!
Note that views expressed in this Internet Site are not necessarily those of the translator.
The Forum is back again!
Many thanks to my partner site
www.gsm.org.uk for giving the old discussion
board a new home. All old postings and user acounts have been restored. I will soon do some design
improvements. Maybe I will also switch the navigation and help elements to English. Nevertheless, you are
already welcome to do your postings in English!
Development Continues: Version 1.2.1 released!
Although there is just a small change in the version number because I added only a few new features,
a lot of development work has been for this release. First of all, the virtual COM port can now be used
inside the DOS box. Furthermore, some sources of errors during the setup process have been removed. We will
see if the famous "error 2" bug was killed, too. More news: from now on both a Spanish and a Catalan
translation of IrCOMM2k is available. Many thanks to Albert Alcaine! And finally, I can now officially
announce that IrCOMM2k is generally compatible with Windows XP. Many users already practiced it
successfully, now I can confirm their experiences based on my own tests.
What's next? I have got some ideas how to solve persisting problems of many IrDA devices with Windows 2000
and XP. They are just ideas which feasibility I have to prove yet. More about it soon on this page.
One wish to all IrCOMM2k user: Can someone host the IrCOMM2k forum? I have no access to the old server and
it was furthermore quite unstable. To keep the old postings, the forum should be further on based on
YaBB - so, the technical
requirement is to run individual CGI scripts.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
...to all the people visiting the IrCOMM2k page these days. Yes, it was quite difficuilt to reach my server
the last months. Even worse, it was obviously hacked the days before Christmas so that it was necessary to
disconnect it. As a result, the forum is not available at the moment because the fall-back system does not
I suspended the development of the driver and did not update this site the last 6 months. First, I was
waiting for a
which was to take over some duties of IrCOMM2k (it actually does, but only for communication with cell
phones), then I did not have enough time. Nevertheless, the interest in IrCOMM2k persisted (over 50000
downloads from www.ircomm2k.de!). So, now, I am planning improvements of software and documentation for the
beginning of 2002. Furthermore, some forgotten translations shall be finished, too. Let's see, what will
PS: Please note, I am not able to answer all the mails about problems with IrCOMM2k and infrared any more.
Many new functions!
Much time has passed since the last update was released. A new
version, full of interesting enhancements is available now. Significant
speed improvements when establishing connectivity in "Network and
Dialup Connections" with IrCOMM2k were incorporated. An additional option allows
in most cases resolving
access conflicts with various other applications ("Error code 10055"). The
configuration is done in the properties of the device driver. Also, the COM
port name can be chosen when doing a first-time installation of IrCOMM2k.
I am proud that version 1.1.0 was downloaded more than 8000 times alone from this site. I am also excited to announce, that a Spanish version of
IrCOMM2k may be available soon.
Unfortunately a number of email messages have accumulated over the past week and
longer. I do apologize
for for not getting to them earlier, but I will begin responding to them now.
Too much email - and the troubling setup-issue
I will have to limit my time going forward when responding to support requests .
I have less time available but an increasing amount if emails to respond to. On
top of that I am working on the next release, which looks promising to resolve some
issues (e.g. "Error code: 10055"). Generally spoken, the release is
ready. However, documentation, translation, preparing the Archive and the
updating the website will
keep me busy for a few days.
I therefore wish to encourage you to use the Forum, instead of emailing me
directly. Please help other users also, those of you who have successfully
managed to resolve issues during installation and implementation, could share
your knowledge with others.
And then there is the "Error-2-during-installation" problem. It
is very unfortunate that these issues were not resolved with some of the users
when applying some of my "standard-tips". I had to learn that there
are obviously system configurations on which IrCOMM2k does not install.
Sometimes installing Service Pack 1 or 2 helpded, on occasion a different
(though required) driver was found to be the cause. I wasn't abel to odentify
root cause yet, it might be somewhere deep in the systems setup. I am simply out
Discussion-Forum for Infrared
Granted, it is more like a "toy", but as of today the IrCOMM2k board with a number
of discussion forums is available. Many error reports or issues experienced by
different users are quite similar. Through a public discussion many users could
benefit of the information. Therefore I have a plea: please give the forum a chance, use
the forum instead of emailing me. I will certainly participate in the discussions too.
I have also update the German part of my website. I am working on a English
version now. Roughly 20% of the downloads are for the English version of
IrCOMM2k, thus, I would like recognize the demand with an English version of my
Not only a update
It took a while, but this version is a big step. The highlight is that the
console window has been removed. Besides that, I incorporated an extensive error
reporting method, which will hopefully leave only a few questions open. In addition
the bug experienced in connection with TrueSync was resolved. Also, the
installation was simplified. A setup program will now take care of what had to
be done manually thus far. Only disabling "Wireless Link" has to be
done by the user - if not already done ...
Working on this version kept me busy in recent days, therefore I had no time to
update all parts of the website. I also owe some replies to emails I had
received from users, I am hoping for your understanding. In the coming days I
will catch up on these things step by step.
What's next? The development of IrCOMM2k has come a long way, but I am not done
yet! A few ideas for features are on my mind. More about that on the next
TrueSync doesn't work
Just when you think "now it works" - new errors come up. In this case
it is related to the application TrueSync, though, in theory other applications
could be affected by this too. The problem is noticeable, when the the
connectivity between IR and COM freezes and after that the service won't allow
to be stopped. The update planned for next week will include a fix for this.
By the way... new version: I have been receiving many emails with requests to
remove the console windows. Please be assured that the next release will have
that incorporated. The development is finished for this part, I am currently
working on the setup program.
Starting today IrCOMM2k can be reached by it's own domain name.
The pages are still hosted on the former domain, but www.ircomm2k.de
can be remembered easier - and could be mentioned to others! ALso, I will have
more flexibility should I have to move to another server. Please update your
bookmarks to the new URL!
Good news also regarding development... since yesterday a new version of
ircomm2k.exe is tested, which has no console window any longer! This version is
implemented as a system service and I only have to finish work on the error
reporting. Bundled with a setup program this will be available with the next
Thanks to a report in c't* the downloads have exploded during
recent days. I a looking forward to the 1000th download of the
current version, possibly tonight. Luckily error reports are little, should my
responsiveness decrease going forward, I am hoping for your understanding. I
have added a Troubleshooting-Page
in order to address and resolve issues, or at least to narrow down on potential
cause of an issue. Feature requests are certainly more than welcomed.
* A German Information Technology magazine
New version: it's faxing!
This version fixes the issue with the fax service. It was again a tiny problem
with two parenthesis in the source code! But that aside... the promised fix for
multi-processor systems is included. A few additional (internal) improvements
complement this release, I even hope that the issues with Nokia's PC SUite are
resolved, but again, that's simply a hope...
As you can tell, the main page has been changed. My web server
will probably be grateful for the small button icons. ALso, the technical
documentation was appended with some information. And I am preparing a "troubleshooting
page", on which I plan to address a few basic setup issues.
IrCOMM2k is becoming more and more popular. Thanks again to all of you who
helped developing this by reporting on issues and problems - and also to all of
you, who simply told me that it works!
It doesn't fax - and other problems
IrCOMM2k doesn't work with the Windows 2000 fax service. I was able to reproduce
this on my system, and I am positive that this will allow me to identify the
root cause. With a little luck I might have a fix in the next version.
An additional issues affects all owners of
multiprocessor-systems. A foolish bug in the initialization of the driver causes
a crash already during the installation. This bug will be resolved in the next
Also, on some systems the Nokia PC Suite is apparently causing problems. One
user reported that the issue had been introduced with version 1.01. - 1.0.0
apparently works just fine. But there were reports also that it works OK with
the new version. I will pursue a solution for this, the obstacle here is that I
don't have any appropriate test devices. This might cause a little delay in
resolving this issue.
First update completed
The new version 1.0.1
of IrCOMM2k resolves the "Visual-Basic-Problem". Some applications
shouldn't be using the Infrared-COM-Port any longer. Furthermore, the service
application shouldn't shutdown any more by itself. I did improve error handling
How to copy the update over the existing version is described in
the updated installation
instructions. Should the new version cause any problems, you could still
download the predecessor here.
No - the console window still exists, and it might even survive into the next
release. Only when the driver kernel works mostly error free, this window will
be eliminated. A tip in regards to that: you could create a link to ircomm2k.exe
and then set the properties, minimize the window on start.
English Installation Instruction Available
Good news for all non-German speaking users: You can find an English installation guide on
www.gsm.org.uk. Furthermore an English
version of the binary ZIP file is available. Many thanks to the webmaster of that side for translating!
Problem with Visual-Basic-Applications
Applications designed with Visual Basic which use a specific
ActiveX component to address the Infrared-COM-Ports (MSComm), won't run with the
existing version of IrCOMM2k. Other applications, designed similar to the
MSComm-Component may experience this issue as well.
The problem can be identified when the application won't read
data received via Infrared or even reports a read error. I was able to reproduce
this utilizing PEP2000 (Cellphone-Utility). An error report I received confirms
that the HotSync for the Visor does not work either. I suspect - and hope - that
the root cause is the same.
Since I narrowed down on the culprit as much as possible, I will resolve this
issue in the coming days. A new version should be available early next week.
IrCOMM2k is here - test, test, test!
After 2 months development effort, the first version of IrCOMM2k is available. I
have decided, to release IrCOMM2k covered by the GNU Gereral Public License.
Thus, anyone can use the driver and distribute it. I just would like you to
extensively test it in regards to errors and incompatibility issues.
This version isn't "neat" yet und has a few minor
bugs, but in essence it should work. At least all tests on my system and with
the notebook of a friend of mine were successful: dialup to the Internet with Siemens S35i, HotSync
with Palm IIIx, Terminal (HyperTerminal, Tera Term).
There is a chance for some nasty, hidden bugs, which may only
cause problems on occasion, or only under very specific circumstances. Therefore
I am a little depending on the "field-test". Only that way I could
further improve not only usability but also compatibility. Whoever notices an
error should: please report it via the bug
report page (please complete the entire form).