Getting the USB NerdKit to work on modern Windows

Drivers

Recent versions of the driver used (Prolific PL2303 USB to serial) have had some problems in versions of Windows newer than 71. Therefore one must use an older version to work around this issue.

Programming

Use WinAVR.

Communication

The COM port assigned tends to be random, favoring lower ports before higher ones. Inspection of the device manager will tell which one is the right one.

Writing can be achieved through the Windows command prompt2, Python (via pySerial), or Cygwin (using /dev/ttyS<COM number minus 1>, e.g. /dev/ttyS3 for COM4).


1 http://ifamilysoftware.com/news37.html

2 http://batchloaf.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/simple-trick-for-sending-characters-to-a-serial-port-in-windows/


Last modified on 11 Jun 2016 at 04:39:49 AM ET