Set up Hyperterminal as a minicom
Wow at last, someone's managed to explain to me how to set up and use Hyperterminal as a minicom (for Windows 9x) - thanks to Andy Arthur and David Jackson from DeafWave! This page is derived entirely from an email sent by Andy Arthur to the Deaf-UK newsgroup, with additions from my own experience.
Here's the step-by-step idiot's guide, with pictures!
Download Hyperterminal v6.3. It's always worth upgrading and it's free. In particular, version 3 doesn't work as a minicom as it will not show you what you are typing on screen. Click here to download
Open your newly installed version of Hyperterminal. You will initially get a window that looks like this:

Hyperterminal can save lots of different settings, but you are setting up a file of minicom settings at the moment so call it something handy. Oh I know, what about "Minicom"!
The next window looks like this:

You have to enter a number so enter whatever number you ring most. Next time you open this file the phone number can be easily changed, so it's not the end of the world. You can't leave it blank.
Then you get this:

Click Modify.

Click Configure.

Right - don't panic about changing your modem settings! The following steps just change the way your newly created "Minicom" file uses the modem. It doesn't actually change your modem settings permanently, so you can still get your email and still access the internet properly...

OK - change the maximum speed to 300, then click the Connection tab.

(Andy adds: Some modems will not do this and have no 300 baud setting. This can be got around by adding the command MS=v21 to the modem init string which forces it to run at 300.) Jim remarks: Good advice. I did not need to do this, and I cannot figure out how you do it in hyperterminal. So if your modem won't slow down to 300 baud then you'll need to contact Andy . Sorry!

Change Data bits to 7, Parity must be None, Stop bits must be 1. Then click Advanced.

Change flow control to XON/XOFF, and click OK.

Click OK.

Click on the Settings tab.

OK, set Emulation to Auto detect, although you can select TTY if you want. (Auto detect will, I think, identify the sort of minicom you are calling up.) Click ASCII Setup.

Set this window so it looks like this. Check Send line ends with line feeds, Echo typed characters locally, Append line feeds to incoming line ends, and Wrap lines that exceed terminal width. To be honest I do not really understand this window, I just fiddled with it until it worked! No harm has come of it yet though. If you understand it better than me, please enlighten me...

Click OK on all the windows you get presented with, to exit the setup procedure. Select File...Save... to save your minicom settings
Unlucky for some! Now you're ready to go.

Click  to dial the number. If you need to change the number you entered during the setup procedure, then you can do that in File... Properties... It's easy. If you exit hyperterminal and open it directly through the Minicom file that you have saved, it tells you the number you have set and gives you the option to modify it, so it is not a problem then either. Clicking  will hang up the phone.
Andy says: It is worth a little trouble as there are many advantages eg. you can cut and paste a complete call to a PC text file. You can prepare any detailed messages in advance and copy them into the terminal, thus saving time. Some terminals let you customise the function buttons so as to speed up the sign-on process and many have a phone directory built in. Typing is faster on a full sized keyboard too and the screen is easier to read. Software I have used to connect to both Typetalk and Minicoms: Win 3.x Terminal, Win 9.x Hyperterminal, a special free Personal Edition of Hyperterminal available free from the Website, Computer Associates Bitware and various other data terminals such as the one in MSWorks and the one in MSOffice. I think almost any data terminal can be configured to connect. Windows 9.x  Hyperterminal has an Auto setting which will configure itself to another minicom or modem and is probably the easiest one to set up, however it does not work with all other machines for some reason.

Also, when connecting to Typetalk (UK relay service), Andy says to ask for L4. Make sure they don't give you LP. It seems not all operators know this, but it is advice from the Typetalk tech-heads. This is, frankly, all greek to me.
There you go. I hope that's helpful. Andy did all the work really, I just stuck the information on the web!
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