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Hi All, Thanks to all who helped with my first post - how to get started with a second-hand CPM1A PLC. Thought I should now start a more specific thread. I now have Syswin 3.4 running in Windows xp mode in Windows Virtual PC, I think I have a Chinese USB-CIF02 comms cable/adapter and drivers correctly installed in Win xp mode. The PLC powers up with the PWR and RUN LEDs lit. The USB adapter TX LED flickers when I use the Syswin comms test function, indicating that Syswin is talking to the adapter. But having tried 128 combinations of comms protocol and unit address at 9600 baud without success, I believe there are now two possibilities. First, while Syswin is sending something to the USB adapter, it may not be 'talking' correctly to the PLC .OR. the PLC is set for some unusual communications settings for reasons unknown, that I may never be able to stumble upon. Both possibilities could be eliminated if I could return the PLC to the factory default state, with a known comms setup. However, it seems the comms settings in DM words are stored in Flash memory and can only be changed if I can 'talk' to the PLC - Catch 22? I can find no sign of any DIP switches or hardware reset button etc. Surely there must be some way to clear the flash memory to return the device to the factory default state? All suggestions gratefully received. Ian