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"!
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.
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
Change Data bits
to 7, Parity must be None, Stop bits must be 1. Then click
Change flow control
to XON/XOFF, and click OK.
Click on the Settings
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
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.
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.