PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual

For Driver Installer v1.8.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

PL2303 USB-to-Serial Bridge Chip Family Windows Driver Installer User Manual
WHQL Driver Version Information
 Driver Installer & Build date: 1.8.0 (2013-2-26)       GUID: ECC3713C-08A4-40E3-95F1-7D0704F1CE5E Compatible with Server 2003 (32 & 64-bit) Compatible with Server 2008, Server 2008R2, Server 2012 (32 & 64-bit) Drivers can also automatically install via Windows Update (need Internet connection) Windows 2000 / Windows XP (32 & 64-bit) WHQL Driver: v2.1.44.226 (2/5/2013) Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 (32 & 64-bit) WHQL Driver: v3.4.48.272 (2/5/2013)

System Requirements
 PC with USB 1.1/2.0/3.0 Host Controller (USB Port) and following Windows OS Family:          Windows 2000 SP4 Windows XP SP2 or SP3 (32 & 64 bit) Windows Server 2003 (32 & 64 bit) Windows Vista (32 & 64 bit) Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit) Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 (32 & 64 bit) Windows 8 (32 & 64 bit) Windows Server 2012 (32 & 64 bit) Windows 2000 / XP (32 & 64 bit) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Vista / Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Windows 8 (32 & 64 bit) Not Supported* Not Supported* Not Supported* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

USB Device with below PL-2303 chip versions and their supported OS Family: Chip Version PL-2303H

PL-2303HX (Rev A) or HXA PL-2303X or XA PL-2303HX (Rev D) or HXD PL2303TA PL2303TB PL2303EA PL2303RA PL2303SA

* - PL2303H, PL-2303HX (Rev A), and PL-2303X are EOL and discontinued chips and Prolific will not provide Windows 8 driver support. New driver versions will show yellow mark (Error Code 10) in Device Manager for these EOL chip versions under Windows 8. Prolific recommends using PL2303HXD chip.

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All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. Prolific Technology Inc. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual
For Driver Installer v1.8.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems

Counterfeit Warning!!!
Please be warned that counterfeit/fake PL-2303HX Rev A (or PL-2303HXA) USB-to-Serial Controller ICs using Prolific's trademark logo, brandname, and drivers, are being sold in the China market. Counterfeit IC products show exactly the same outside chip markings but generally are of poor quality and causes Windows driver compatibility issues (Yellow Mark Error Code 10 in Device Manager under WinXP, Vista, and 7). This warning is issued to all customers and consumers to avoid confusion and false purchase. Please purchase only from stores or vendors providing technical and RMA support.

Windows 7 Driver Installation
This section will guide you on how to install the PL-2303 Windows Driver. You can download the latest Driver Installer program from Prolific Support website: http://www.prolific.com.tw/US/ShowProduct.aspx?p_id=225&pcid=41 Note: Please take notice of the installation order. First, run the Driver Installer Program before plugging in the USB to Serial adapter. If you already plug the device during the driver installation, you need to re-plug the device for Windows to enumerate the device and load the drivers installed. If your device is embedded to the system, you might need to restart the system (or click rescan hardware changes in Device Manager) to reload and install the driver. The following steps will show how to install the device under Windows 7 (64-bit) OS as this is the most inquired driver installation support received by Prolific. The procedures are the same and straightforward for all other supported Windows operating system versions.

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All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. Prolific Technology Inc. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

including but not limited to special. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. Run or double-click the PL-2303 Windows Driver Installer program. or other damages.8. 2. . The InstallShield Wizard will be displayed to inform you that the PL-2303 USB-to-Serial driver will be installed on your computer. incidental. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. Prolific Technology Inc. . Power on your computer and boot to Windows. Click Next to continue.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. Prolific Technology Inc.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 1. consequential.3 of 20 - February 26.

including but not limited to special. If you have plugged the cable into the PC while running the setup installation. consequential.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. or other damages.8. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. . 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. Prolific Technology Inc. . Prolific Technology Inc.4 of 20 - February 26.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3. The PL-2303 Driver Installer program will then start to install the drivers needed. 4. please unplug and replug the cable for the system to detect the device. Click the Finish button to close the InstallShield program. incidental.

Plug in the USB to Serial adapter to the PC USB port. . consequential. Prolific Technology Inc.5 of 20 - February 26.8.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. Prolific Technology Inc. or other damages. You can also check the driver version by right-clicking on the “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port” device and select Properties and Driver tab. . Windows should detect the driver as Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. incidental. 6. Go to Device Manager and check for the “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port” device and the COM port number assigned by Windows. including but not limited to special.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 5.

. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. or Windows 7.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1.8. or other damages. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. Vista. including but not limited to special. Prolific Technology Inc. Prolific does not manufacture or sell any end-user market products and will not provide or be responsible for direct support to end-users. consequential. you need to contact the cable vendor or manufacturer for possible counterfeit chip.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Warning!!! If you are encountering yellow mark (Error Code 10) for device in Device Manager under Windows XP. Prolific Technology Inc. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.6 of 20 - February 26. . incidental.

does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage.7 of 20 - February 26. Plug in PL-2303 USB to Serial cable. Prolific Technology Inc. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.8. . No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. 2. or other damages. Check if your Internet connection is OK. . You will need an Internet connection to be able to automatically download and install the drivers via Windows Update (for Windows Vista. Windows will automatically check Windows Update if driver is available and will download and install the driver instantly. including but not limited to special. 7. 1. consequential.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. incidental. and 8 only). Prolific Technology Inc.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Windows Driver Installation (via Windows Update) This section will guide you on how to install the PL-2303 Windows Driver via Windows Update.

8. Windows will then prompt you that Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COMx) is installed and ready to use. . incidental. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3.8 of 20 - February 26. Prolific Technology Inc. Prolific Technology Inc. including but not limited to special. or other damages.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. consequential. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. .

. or other damages.8. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. consequential. incidental. Prolific Technology Inc.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 4.9 of 20 - February 26. You can also right-click on the USB-Serial Controller device and click Update Driver. including but not limited to special. Prolific Technology Inc. .PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

or other damages. .PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1.10 of 20 - February 26. . incidental. consequential. including but not limited to special. Prolific Technology Inc. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Prolific Technology Inc.8. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

consequential.prolific. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. http://www.aspx?p_id=225&pcid=41 NOTE: This tool will not work in Windows 8 if the PL-2303 device shows a yellow mark in Device Manager. including but not limited to special. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.11 of 20 - February 26. PL2303HX (Rev A).New Driver does not support PL-2303H. Check Chip Version Tool Prolific provides a tool program together with the driver to check the chip version of your device for Windows8-ready driver support. or other damages. You need to use Windows 7 or XP to run the tool program for discontinued chip versions. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. incidental. and PL2303X in Windows 8.8. .com.tw/US/ShowProduct.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Windows 8 Supported Chip Versions This section will guide you on what PL-2303 chip versions are supported by Prolific in Windows 8: Chip Version PL-2303H PL-2303HX (Rev A) or HXA PL-2303X or XA PL-2303HX (Rev D) or HXD PL2303TA PL2303TB PL2303EA PL2303RA PL2303SA Chip Availability Discontinued (EOL) Discontinued (EOL) Discontinued (EOL) Available Available Available Available Available Available Windows 8 (32 & 64 bit) No New Driver Support* No New Driver Support* No New Driver Support* Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes * . Prolific Technology Inc. It will show a yellow mark (Error Code 10) in Device Manager similar to what counterfeit chips would show. .PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. Prolific Technology Inc.

0 program. consequential. 2.8. .prolific.asp?ID=31 1. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. Prolific Technology Inc. Click Next to continue.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Windows 8 Driver Installation This section will guide you how to install the PL-2303 device in Windows 8 Operating System.8. Run or double-click the PL-2303 Windows Driver Installer v1. . Power on your computer and boot to Windows 8. The InstallShield Wizard will be displayed to inform you that the PL-2303 USB-to-Serial driver will be installed on your computer. incidental. Prolific Technology Inc.12 of 20 - February 26. or other damages.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. including but not limited to special. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. You can download the latest Driver Installer program from Prolific Support website: http://www.tw/eng/downloads.com.

or other damages. . 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. including but not limited to special. Windows should detect the driver as “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port”. Prolific Technology Inc. You can also check the driver version by right-clicking on the “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port” device and select Properties and Driver tab. The PL-2303 Driver Installer program will then start to install the drivers needed.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. Click the Finish button to close the InstallShield program.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3. Go to Device Manager and check for the device and the COM port number assigned by Windows. 4. . consequential. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.13 of 20 - February 26. incidental. Plug in the USB to Serial adapter to the PC USB port. Prolific Technology Inc. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage.8.

. including but not limited to special.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 5. you need to check if that device is using an old version Prolific chip (PL-2303HXA or PL-2303XA) or a counterfeit chip. Prolific Technology Inc.14 of 20 - February 26.8. incidental. consequential. Prolific Technology Inc. As mentioned in the previous sections. Prolific does not support old version chips in Windows 8. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. The COM Port number for the PL-2303 is assigned by the Windows Operating System. or other damages. . If you encounter a device that shows a yellow mark (Error Code 10). does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.

Check if your Internet connection is OK. Prolific Technology Inc. Prolific Technology Inc.15 of 20 - February 26. 2. Windows will automatically check Windows Update if driver is available and will download and install the driver instantly. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. Plug in PL-2303 USB to Serial cable. including but not limited to special. . You will need an Internet connection to be able to automatically download and install the drivers via Windows Update. or other damages. consequential.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Windows 8 Driver Installation (via Windows Update) This section will guide you on how to install the PL-2303 Windows Driver via Windows Update. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. 1.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. . No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. incidental.8.

including but not limited to special. Prolific Technology Inc. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1.16 of 20 - February 26. consequential. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3. . or other damages.8. Windows will then prompt you that Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COMx) is installed and ready to use. incidental. . Prolific Technology Inc. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

consequential. Prolific Technology Inc. Prolific Technology Inc. .17 of 20 - February 26.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 4. incidental.8. or other damages. including but not limited to special.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. You can also right-click on the USB-Serial Controller device and click Update Driver. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. . No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer.

Prolific Technology Inc. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. or other damages. incidental.8. .0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Prolific Technology Inc. . does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. consequential. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. including but not limited to special.18 of 20 - February 26.

2. repair. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage. Prolific Technology Inc.Uninstall a Program. Prolific Technology Inc. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. consequential. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice. Click Start – Control Panel – Programs – Programs and Features . incidental. follow the below steps: 1. InstallShield Wizard will then start the maintenance program and will prompt you to choose if you want to modify. including but not limited to special. or other damages.8.0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems Uninstalling the PL-2303 Driver To uninstall the PL-2303 driver. Look for the “PL-2303 USB-to-Serial” program and click the Uninstall (Remove) button. . or remove the driver.19 of 20 - February 26. . Click the Remove button and click Next to begin the driver uninstall.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1.

0 Release For Microsoft Windows Operating Systems 3.PL2303 Windows Driver User’s Manual For Driver Installer v1. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the express written permission of the manufacturer. 2013 All information herein is subject to change without prior notice.20 of 20 - February 26. Click Yes to continue. does not make any warranties regarding the accuracy and completeness of this document and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage.8. . incidental. Prolific Technology Inc. consequential. When complete. Wait for the InstallShield Wizard to complete the uninstall process. The InstallShield Wizard will prompt you to confirm to uninstall. or other damages. Wait for some few seconds until the “PL-2303 USB-to-Serial” program is removed from the Control Panel Uninstall (Add or Remove Programs) program list. including but not limited to special. . click Finish to end the program. Prolific Technology Inc. 4.

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