Driver Installation Guide for all Windows Systems

Well basically this is a short post to help our students, who often face a problem of installing driver software for the programmers of Atmega based Robotics developmental boards viz UsbTINY, UsbASP and of-course TechnoBoard Lite (which doesn’t require programmers but still requires associated drivers).

Ok so to begin I will tell you’ll the routine procedure for installing drivers for any any hardware you want to attach to your system.

1) Open device manager.

2) Locate the hardware you just connected to your system either by name or it’ll sometimes show up as unknown device.

Note: For plug-n-play devices this is not the case since these devices automatically install the drivers they require for operation upon

plugin to your to system(often in the background). Also most of them have their own drivers within their memory space

(boot memory). Example USB pen drives, External hard drives, USB mouse and keyboards etc.

3) One sure way to recognize that the drivers for your external hardware are not present or not functioning properly is that the

hardware name will have a caution symbol present beside it –>caution .

4)  Select the device for which you have to manually install drivers for and right-click on it’s name.

5) Select –> Update Driver Software…

6) Windows will then open a new window with two options : a) Search automatically for updated driver software or b) Browse  computer for driver software.

7) In most cases option ‘a’ get you no where, hence it is better to have downloaded the required drivers from the internet yourself to a folder on your system

8) Hence on selecting option two you should click on Browse and direct it to the folder that contains the drivers for your hardware.

9) Upon selecting correct path and clicking on Next windows will complete the procedure of installing the driver files.

10) If the driver has been installed correctly your device should seen in the Device Manger sans the caution symbol and probably listed under one of the many categories of devices it falls under, or a completely different category for itself.

 

Now remember this is a general procedure but works well only if the Device Driver Signature is recognized and permitted by Windows to be installed on Windows bases OS.

 

So since UsbTINY and UsbASP are based on open source drivers and hardware their Device Signatures are not accepted on Windows systems 😦

A run-around for this is that Windows does allow you to remove Device Driver Signature Enforcement. Basically its like disabling a code which prevents you from installing unrecognized drivers for 3rd party hardware. 🙂

 

So below are the procedures for Windows versions beginning from XP right upto Windows 8.

Windows XP & Windows Vista

1) Right-click “My Computer” and click “Properties”. Following window should pop-up

xp

2) Click on Hardware tab in the above window.

xp_hw

3) Click on “Driver Signing” and it should open up a new window as shown below

xp_opt

4) In the above window click on Ignore option.

5) Click “Ok” on all windows to save settings and you should be able to install drivers by following the routine procedure detailed at the start of this post.

 

Windows 7 (Screen Shots Unavailable)

1) Click on “Restart” to restart your system.

2) As soon as your screen goes Black keep tapping(do not keep continuously pressed) the Function key “F8”

3) If step two is done correctly a new menu will open-up (dos type menu screen black and white)

4) On the screen select “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” and press enter.

5) Your computer should re-start again and on start-up you should be able to install drivers by following the routine procedure detailed at the start of this post.

You can watch the video here if you are not able to follow above steps.

 

Windows 8

In windows 8 a lot of clicking is required so get set

Go….

Take mouse to right end of screen a pane opens up

–>Click on “Setting” (Gear icon)

Tab changes and give more option upon clicking

–>Click the bottom-most option “Change PC Settings”

A new window opens up

–>Click the “General” option on the left side.

Right Pane will change to give more options.Scroll all the way to the bottom of the right pane.

–>Click on “Restart Now” under Advanced start-up.

This should give you Three options

–>Click on “Troubleshoot” option

This should again give you Three options

–>Click on “Advanced Options”

This should give you Five options

–>Click on “Start-up Settings”

–>Click “Restart” on the next window.

This should resatrt your PC and upon restart give you an options menu with 9 options

–>Click Function key “F7” as 7th option is Disable Driver Signature.

Upon doing so your PC will restart normally and you should be able to install drivers by following the routine procedure detailed at the start of this post.

You can watch the video here if you are not able to follow above steps.

 

 

The procedure in Windows 8.1 is similar with a few changes.

In windows 8.1 too a lot of clicking is required so get set

Go….

Take mouse to right end of screen a pane opens up

–>Click on “Setting” (Gear icon)

Tab changes and give more option upon clicking

–>Click the bottom-most option “Change PC Settings”

A new window opens up

–>Click the “Update and Recovery” option on the left side.

Left Pane will change to give more options.

–> Click on “Recovery”

Right pane of window will change giving you few options.

–>Click on “Restart Now” under Advanced start-up.

This should give you Three options

–>Click on “Troubleshoot” option

This should again give you Three options

–>Click on “Advanced Options”

This should give you Five options

–>Click on “Start-up Settings”

–>Click “Restart” on the next window.

This should resatrt your PC and upon restart give you an options menu with 9 options

–>Click Function key “F7” as 7th option is Disable Driver Signature.

Upon doing so your PC will restart normally and you should be able to install drivers by following the routine procedure detailed at the start of this post.

 

You can watch the video here if you are not able to follow above steps.

 

Thanks for reading 🙂

This post was written for Inventrom by Dattaprasad Naik. Datta has been working with Inventrom since 2013 and leads Learn, the department involved in training and workshops. Follow Datta on twitter via @datta_TECH

 

 

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