ARDUINO Installing Drivers

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Note: This was taken and slightly modified from the Arduino support page located here:

Installing drivers for the Arduino Uno, Mega 2560 and Mega ADK with Windows7, Vista, or XP:

  • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin it's driver installation process. After a few moments, the process will fail, despite its best efforts
  • Click on the Start Menu, and open up the Control Panel.
  • While in the Control Panel, navigate to System and Security. Next, click on System. Once the System window is up, open the Device Manager.
  • Look under Ports (COM & LPT). You should see an open port named "Arduino *Board Name*)"
  • Right click on the "Arduino *Board Name*" port and choose the "Update Driver Software" option.
  • Next, choose the "Browse my computer for Driver software" option.
  • Finally, navigate to and select the Arduino driver file, named "Arduino*BoardName*.inf", located in the "Drivers/Arduino" folder of the ROBOTC software (typically in C:/Program Files/Robomatter Inc/ROBOTC Development Environment/)
  • Windows will finish up the driver installation from there.

Installing drivers for the Arduino Duemilanove, Diecimila or Mega 1280 with Windows7, Vista, or XP:

  • When you connect the board, Windows should initiate the driver installation process (if you haven't used the computer with an Arduino board before).
  • On Windows Vista, the driver should be automatically downloaded and installed. (Really, it works!)
  • On Windows XP, the Add New Hardware wizard will open:
  • When asked Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software? select No, not this time. Click next.
  • Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.
  • Navigate to and select the FTDI driver directory located in the "Drivers\Arduino\FTDI USB Drivers" folder of the ROBOTC software (typically in C:/Program Files/Robomatter Inc/ROBOTC Development Environment/)
  • The wizard will search for the driver and then tell you that a "USB Serial Converter" was found. Click finish.
  • The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps and select the same options and location to search. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.
  • You can check that the drivers have been installed by opening the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.