I have checked device manager and that and nothing! I emailed the guy who I bought it off and he said it wasn't compatible with windows 7. I am pretty sure there is no circuitry involved so it looks like it is going to the wire bin to be used with some thing or another... :L Thank you all for the replies.
Regarding the type of serial it uses, could you direct me to find out more information on what type of standards there are. I am very interested to know information regarding serial communication and it might come in handy later on in life
Thank you again!