cut my cable in half.
I did tie both the the RX & TX lines.... open Hyper terminal and infact get text on the screen.. however it wasnt being duplicated (although I dont believe I had on echo default)
If 5V, you should use the 10k - 15k voltage divider as pr the schematics in your first link
a.) how can I go about finding the RESET pad to solder a wire to? and when it just goes to pin1 right? same as the manual reset button?