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Picaxe 28X1 Connection Issues

I know someone is going to recommend I buy a new cable here, so let me get this out of the way. I plan on buying a new cable, I just want to exhaust every option while I wait for some money.

 I built a cable using a pinout picture. I soldered a Stereo 3.5mm (1/8") headphone connector to a DB9 female connector, and used wire from a previously working serial mouse. Heres the picture:px-dl-cable.gif

Cheaper Components

Alright. I'm a freshman in highschool. I just moved. My previous home was also the best place for being an electronics person. I had a job that payed well, and I worked most of the week, got at least $60 a week. Now I'm out of that job, and I can't even get on my bike to go to radio shack. Why? I live off a highway, in the Ohio University area. I can't even ride a bike on my street.