- Download the latest version of Arduino for Windows from here =>http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
- Unzip the downloaded file and remember its location
- Download the latest FTDI drivers from here (get the exe file) http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm
- Run the EXE file
- Connect the Induino R3 board to your PC using the usb cable provided. You should see the power (red) led go on on the Induino R3 board.
- Windows will detect a new usb device and install the FTDI drivers automatically. If this worked for you, skip to step 15, If not follow the steps 7 to 14.
- Ignore any options to install drivers and Do not let windows install any drivers automatically.
- Open windows device manager - You can open windows device manager by right clicking on 'My Computer' and choosing Properties. In the new Window, Click on Device Manager [In Windows XP, this can be found under 'Hardware Tab' of the Properties Window]
- Now Scroll Down the List of Devices in the Device Manager till you come to a Device 'FT232R USB UART'. You should see a warning icon next to it as the drives have not been installed. Right Click on this Device and Choose 'Update Driver Software...' option.
- Now, Windows will provide you two options, Choose the one that says “Locate and install drivers manually from a specific Location.”
- In the next screen, you will see a browse button, click on the button and browse to the location of the drivers folder[You will find the drivers folder inside the unzipped Arduino folder] and then click 'OK'. Then Click 'Next'
- Now, Windows might throw a Security warning, ignore it and click on next.
- The Device will be installed as a USB Serial Converter
- Now Windows will detect a USB Serial Port and ask you for drivers. Follow the exact same process as we did earlier, choosing the same driver location as earlier - In case Windows doesn't ask you, scroll through the Device manager and find the listing called 'USB Serial Port' and follow the above steps.
- Once everything is finished, You should be able to see a new device 'USB Serial Port (COMXX)'.Make a note of this Number.
- Now go the unzipped Arduino folder and run the arduino.exe file
- The Arduino IDE will open up
- In the Arduino IDE open the blink example program by clicking on it from under File -> Examples -> Basics
- Now select the board by going to Tools -> Boards -> and selecting 'ARDUINO UNO'
- Now select the Serial Port by going to Tools -> Serial Port -> and selecting the 'COM port that was earlier shown in the device manager'
- Now Click on the Upload button[The Second Button from Left at the Top]. In a moment, you should see 2 LEDs Rx & Tx blink on your Induino R3 indicating the program being uploaded. Once the program is uploaded, you will see the White LED[13th Pin] on the Induino R3 Blink
Induino R3 works with Linux like a breeze. Right from the time of the First Induino Board, we have used Ubuntu extensively to work with and develop the Induino R3. However, with so many flavors of Linux out there its impossible for us to put out a guide for each of it. So we shall refer you to the Arduino Playgroud (http://playground.arduino.cc/Learning/Linux). Follow instructions from there based on your version of Linux. Just remember that, the Induino R3 is similar to an Arduino Duemilanove as far as driver installation goes however the Board choice to be selected in the Arduino IDE is Arduino UNO. Drop us an email if you are facing difficulties.
Well it works on Mac that much we know (based on customer / student feedback - Over 100+ Mac users) however since we have never used a mac, you are better off following the Arduino getting started guide for Mac - http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/MacOSX . Check out the FTDI Site for the latest drivers -
Thats it! We are Done!