View Full Version : newbie question-how do I connect propellor tool to propeller chip over usb??

05-24-2010, 10:17 AM
I recently bought and built the Parallax Stingray robot kit. I installed Propeller Tool 1.27 on my Windows Vista 64bit machine, noted that it was installing a usb driver, and connected the usb cable to the completed Stingray robot. I turned on the Propeller board in the Stingray, and I saw the green light come on. The manual says that the pc should find the usb device at this point. I saw no indication of this. In Propeller Tool, I press F8, or Run/Identify Hardware, and I see the message "No serial ports found". So, I thought I just installed the usb serial port when I installed Propeller Tool. I can find no information about this issue doing a google search, other than to install a separate usb driver, which I did and it made no difference. So I am unable to communicate between the pc and the Propeller Chip. Any help would be appreciated!

05-24-2010, 10:22 AM
FWIW, I don't have any problems using the Prop Plug with Win7 x64.

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05-24-2010, 12:45 PM
When you plug in the USB cord for the first time, windows usually says "Found new hardware". If this is not the case, I would try a different USB cable from the PC to the stingray board.

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05-24-2010, 09:29 PM
hey computer guy-
thanks! that was it. I've never gotten a bad usb cable out of the box like that, but guess it happens. swapped out for another usb cable, problem solved.