I have connected my raspberry pi's rx, tw, ground and +5v to a windows computer using this adapter/cable:
The adapter shows up as a serial port and I set it to 115200 baud, 8 bit data, 1 stop bit, no parity, no flow control in the driver settings. I also used these settings in PuTTY to connect to the uart.
I have previously compiled dwelch's blinker examples and have written my own code to make the LED blink, this worked fine. I compiled the first uart example in the same way, however, nothing is ever received from the connection when the Pi is started. I tried the second example, and again, nothing is received when the pi is started. However, when I type into the terminal, sometimes, a seemingly random character will appear instead of the charcter I typed, and when I press enter the cursor moves back to the start of the line instead of starting a new one. The terminal also stops accepting input for a few seconds sometimes.
Does anyone know what the problem could be here?