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hi,    (im using a Dell laptop, with Windows 7, x64)

Yesterday i used my new Arduino UNO for the first time. I've downloaded the Arduino Software on the official website, and unzipped the folder. I plugged in the USB cable with my Arduino UNO board. I opened the Arduino.exe and i opened the Blink example. I uploaded it and it seems it was successfull. The LED was blinking on/off. But after that, i've changed the code in the Blink example (i would let blink 2 leds) and tried to upload it. Then i get the error: Serial port 'COM3' can't be found. I looked in the menu at extra--> serial port. This is unclickable and grey.

I searched on the Arduino site (and forum and Google) for errors and troubleshooting but i can't get it working. But i know, i forgot to installate the driver for the Arduino UNO. So i went to the Configuration Window of my laptop, choose Hardware & Sounds --> Device Manager. In the list with devices i tried to find the Ports (COM & LPT), but it was in my list. I neither found 'Unknown devices' in the list. I enabled in the Menu --> View --> View hidden devices. It doesnt work. After that I tried in the menu 'Add older hardware'. There i chose 'Looking for hardware and installate automatically. In the following list i clicked on Ports (COM & LPT). In that list i see Arduino LLC (www.arduino.cc). I clicked on Browse and chose the arduino-1.0.3/drivers/Arduino UNO.inf . In the following list i clicked on Arduino UNO and then on Next.

The installation began and then came the following message: The next hardware is installed: Arduino UNO. The software for this device is installated, but it seems it does not correctly work. This device does not start (Code10).

I have tried everything. I tried it on another computer + Laptop (both with Windows 7), and nothing happened. It seems the Arduino (or usb cable) is not recognized. The LED on my Arduino is still working and the ON light is green. An orange light (L) is ON/OFF/ON/OFF.. I've pressed the RESET button on the Arduino but nothing helps me...

Please, can somebody help me? Thanks in advance. (Sorry for my bad English) 
     
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There is a refresh button in the device manager to scan for new devices.
Also the arduino needs to be plugged into a root usb port, try it on all the others, ( back ones are most probably root ). Some pc's & laptops provide extra ports by having an internal hub, these are not suitable for uploading the code.

I would also check the driver, maybe there are different drivers for the original UNO and the new R3.

Verify your cable with another working device.

Before you begin, if you installed a driver ( that didn't work ) open device manager and uninstall it completely.

If you have another PC try to install it on there to verify the arduino ( although it is most probably not the reason ).
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Thanks for your advice. But nothing works.

I uninstalled all the Arduino folders/software but nothing happened. Is there a manuel way to find new USB plugins in your computer? Everytime i plug a USB plugin in my laptop, a sound will folow. Only with my Arduino UNO (ofcourse with USB cable) not... 

I also tried it on a Netbook with windows XP. Nothing happened.

Is there something wrong with my Arduino? (i dont think so because the lights are ON and the LED still blinks as the Blink example, that i've uploaded, wants)
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Definitely sounds like a problem of some sort, windows should respond when a plug and play device is attached ( usb is one ), it should even do this for device it doesn't recognise and ones that it thinks are malfunctioning. Open up services.msc ( type into start->run ), make sure the 'shell hardware detection' service is started.

But then, both your computers would have to have this disabled, not really likely as the service is set to run by default.

I think the board may be fine, just not usable, yet.
On the uno is a little black square, it is a second micro controller chip that is there to run the usb to serial transmission. It may not have been programmed at all / correctly.

What you can do is jump on ebay and grab an avr isp programmer, then you can use the uno while also attempt a re-flash of the usb controller.

Or you can borrow a mates Arduino and use it as an ISP ( plenty of articles on howto ).
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Thanks for your help!

I think i have to borrow another Arduino than... Damn man, never had problems before with this Arduino (on another laptop with Windows XP)...
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This is exactly the same problem that I am having. What exactly is the right driver to use for the Hobbyking Multiwii Pro Flight and where to get it. Mine says arduino but has exclamation there and gives me:

This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Did you ever get a resolution for your problem?

Dale
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