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DexDrive and Mac OSX; It works.
Topic Started: Aug 8 2014, 07:18 AM (542 Views)
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So I don't know how many of you are familiar with WINE. Basically it is a program you can install through terminal that allows you to run Windows programs in OSX. I am assuming it is something like an emulator, except without the need for a separate Windows virtual environment.

There is a very good guide for installing WINE on the website below.


It is the guide I used to install it. Currently I am able to launch DexPlorer on my Mac and it does work. There is an additional trick to getting it to recognize the serial port however. After searching the internet for a while, I worked out a solution.

After Installing Wine:

Step 1.

Without the Serial To USB adapter plugged in;
cd /dev


Step 2.

Now plug in the adapter;

Step 3

If your Serial To USB adapter is working, there should be more device files now. Compare the outputs from each "ls" to find the new ones.

Mine were:

For me the one worked was "tty.KeySerial1". Note that every adapter will yield a different device file. The adapter I have is a Keyspan Serial to USB adapter.

Step 4

Now we must make a symbolic link between the Serial port in OSX and the COM4 port the DexDrive is looking for.

ln -s /dev/tty.KeySerial1 ~/.wine/dosdevices/com4

This created a file in the wine directory, which acts as a link between the COM4 ID in wine and how OSX(Unix) identifies a serial port. Note that you will replace "tty.KeySerial1" with whatever your device ID is.

DexPlorer should now be able to recognize your DexDrive.

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Edited by Grimakis, Aug 8 2014, 07:22 AM.
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That's awesome! I would have never imagined. :applause:
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