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Ardinator

Nick you are a smart guy and I appreciate your help, and I'm sorry if I upset you. Nonetheless may I point out that drivers were never necessary under Arduino software v1.0. I've been using v1.0 for six months with no drivers and no problems. So if you think I need to install drivers, why weren't drivers required under Arduino software v1.0? That is puzzling me. But in any case I did install the drivers today and they made no difference. That is, the device is still not visible to the Arduino 1.0.1 software although I haven't seen a crash yet, but it usually takes an hour for a crash.

The following things happened when the crashes began:

1. Updated Arduino software from 1.0 to 1.0.1
2. Mac OS/X often has minor patches applied automatically, so I can't rule that out.
3. I bought a new Stealthduino from the website because the old one apparently needed a firmware upgrade to work with 1.0.1. By purchasing a new Stealthduino I wouldn't need to apply the firmware upgrade. But I got the old one upgraded anyway by the company and that one won't work either now.

I called it a "firmware upgrade" but the truth is I'm not sure if "firmware" is the right word. I'm new to Arduino technology so I'm not sure if it's firmware, microcode, or something else. Again, I admit I'm quite ignorant here.

Is anyone willing to suggest a product that I could use instead of this one? My wish is that the device plug into my USB port without me having to to any hardware modifications like soldering or jumpers or suchlike, as I don't have hardware tools. Most of the Arduino things I've seen online require an experienced hardware guy to build around them. I'm not knowledgeable enough to do that.

I don't want to go back to v1.0 of the software because I need the Keyboard routines. I was able to hack the v1.0 software to make the Keyboard routines visible but I don't want to have to do that again. However I'm starting to wonder if I did do that would I have the same problem as I'm having now. If not, then it's not the hardware that's giving me the problem. If so, then I think that means it's a software problem, anything from the OS to the Arduino software.

Nick Gammon


Nick you are a smart guy and I appreciate your help, and I'm sorry if I upset you.


I'm not upset. I don't have that device, and was only trying to help based on what I saw on that web site. Sorry it didn't work for you.

James C4S


I called it a "firmware upgrade" but the truth is I'm not sure if "firmware" is the right word. I'm new to Arduino technology

The "Arduino Technology" isn't that complex.  It is a PCB with a USB to Serial chip, Voltage Regulator, and ATmega328.  The only "firmware" is the bootloader programmed on the ATmega328 and possibly the USB to Serial Chip, depending on which one is being used.

This isn't a complex PC with hundreds of layers.  It is a simple 8-bit microcontroller board.


Is anyone willing to suggest a product that I could use instead of this one?

One suggestion might be an official Arduino board.  They are well tested and used by a large number of people.  You're working with a board few people use and a USB to Serial chip even fewer people use.  It is difficult to provide much help in that case.


There is no magic to the IDE software.  The only they it might do in the background is poll for what serial ports are available.  Otherwise, it doesn't touch the serial port until you press upload.  It is hard to imagine why you would see this problem with 1.0.1 and not 1.0.  It is more likely a coincidence the problem surfaced after updating.
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chriswei

I've been experiencing similar symptoms. I'm using an Arduino UNO R3, and occasionally (and seemingly at random) my MacBook Pro reboots itself. Not the expected kernel panic warning, just an immediate reboot. It happens when I'm uploading code to the Arduino.

It seems to have started with Arduino 1.0.1. I'm running 1.0.2 now and had 3-4 reboots in an hour before giving up.

I'm going to try to go back to 1.0 and see if it continues.

MacBook Pro "Mid 2009", OS X 10.8.2

- Chris

Papa G

I too have been experiencing similar problems. I am using a late 2008 Mac Book Pro with OS X 10.8.2. The boards I am using are the Sparkfun 8 MHz pro-mini in both '168 and '328 versions and a Freetronics EtherTen. The symptoms appeared when I upgraded to 1.0.1 and have continued into 1.0.2. My system reboots after 15 or 20 minutes and only seems to do so when I have a board connected via USB. I haven't been able to duplicate the problem with no board connected.

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