Nov 172011
 

This awesome USB to Serial adapter was working perfectly in MAC OS X Snow Leopard, but it did stop when I upgraded to Lion.

Luckily I’ve found good hints on few websites and because I’ve been able to fix it and now I have this working again, I’ve decided to document here how to make it working.

First, you need to download the drivers for MAC OS X 10.6 provided by the vendor.

Then, use the application USB Prober in Mac to find out what is the Vendor ID and Product ID of the adapter you are using.

The screenshot below shows example in my case (click to zoom):

Take not of the decimal values and go edit (with sudo) the file /System/Library/Extensions/ProlificUsbSerial.kext/Contents/Info.plist

Locate the keywords described below:

<key>idProduct</key>
<integer>xxxx</integer>
<key>idVendor</key>
<integer>xxxx</integer>

Replace the xxxx values with the numbers indicated below:

<key>idProduct</key>
<integer>8200</integer>
<key>idVendor</key>
<integer>1367</integer>

Save and close the file.

Execute the following commands:

sudo kextunload ProlificUsbSerial.kext

sudo kextload ProlificUsbSerial.kext

After this, you should be able to find the device cu.usbserial in /dev directory, which is the proof that the adapter is working.

You can then use the command screen cu.usbserial and get your marvelous adapter to work again.