I'm trying to program my Boafeng bf-f8hp with the chirp software, but as I have to do, "Download From Radio", after I choose the appropriate maker, product and model, all I get is an error message which reads, "An Error has occured: The Radio did not respond." I've unplugged all, restarted computer and plugged all back in, turned on radio, same result. Ideas?
The most common error is not selecting the correct COM port for the virtualized USB cable.
A lot of the USB programming cables are not supported by the new Windows drivers that are installed automatically -specifically those with the Prolific PL-2303 USB chip set. You 'can' sometimes use them by downloading and installing an older driver. Better to get a proper cable though.
Another common error is related to their quality control. I had a unit (UV-5R+) that wouldn't work, like that.
Contacted the seller and they sent me a new "body" - and it worked.
So in a case where you are really stuck, I suggest you contact the seller.