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Language: VB4/32,VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Dec 4, 1999

Display the dialog to configure a port

The ConfigurePort API function lets you programmatically bring up the system dialog box for configuring a COM or LPT port. The function returns a non-zero value if successful (that is, the dialog appears). Here is the Declare of this function, and an example of its usage:


Private Declare Function ConfigurePort Lib "winspool.drv" Alias _
    "ConfigurePortA" (ByVal pName As String, ByVal hWnd As Long, _
    ByVal pPortName As String) As Long

' display the dialog for serial port configuration
If ConfigurePort(vbNullString, 0&, "COM1:") = Then
    MsgBox "Unable to display the system dialog", vbCritical
End If

' display the dialog for parallel port configuration
If ConfigurePort(vbNullString, 0&, "LPT1:") = Then
    MsgBox "Unable to display the system dialog", vbCritical
End If
Remember to always add a trailing colon when specifying the port name. Note that specifying a particular port (such as "COM2") doesn't make any difference, because the same dialog is displayed in all cases.
Francesco Balena
 
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