Below is a call I placed to a tech support line for for an issue with a piece of mission critical hardware.
Me: Thanks for calling me back.
Tech: No Problem.
Me: We are having issues with your virtual network adapter
drivers. For some reason when I enable the network
adapter all the COM ports on the system lock up.
Tech: Oh yea, we know about that issue.
Me: Ok, is there an updated driver?
Tech: Nope. But we are working on that now.
Me: What is the estimated date of arrival?
Tech: hold please...music...Sir? We really don't know.
Me: Ok, is there a workaround?
Me: Ok, what is it?
Tech (dead serious): Don't use the network adapter if
you want to use your other COM ports!