So the Baofeng software is klunky. You have to make sure the usb cable is plugged in before the software will even let you play.
Plus when the software first comes up everything is question marks.
So I had Chirp installed on the machine but hadn’t used it. On a lark I fired it up without the cable connected and lo and behold it came up without a problem. Plus Chirp runs on Linux too which I’m planning to move to in the near term.
The only thing I can’t do with Chirp is mess with the Radio ID etc. For that you need the Baofeng software. I’m told it’s all written in Visual BASIC. Maybe I’ll peek under the hood and try to find the source for it.