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otakucupcake99

Quick Facts:
OS: Windows 10 x64
Board: Arduino Uno SMD from Maker Shed
Unable to upload
Supposed driver issue
Error Message Displayed: avrdude: ser_open(): can't open device "\\.\COM1": The system cannot find the file specified. Problem uploading to board.  See http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Troubleshooting#upload for suggestions.
Version of Arduino IDE: 1.6.9

Hello fellow Arduino-ers! Noob here. Got my Arduino Uno from Maker Shed about a week ago. It's the special edition UNO SMD. I'm having driver issues, and I will get into the details later but first let me issue a disclaimer (which you can skip and go to the third paragraph if you like): I have Googled my butt off and I've skimmed through the darkest depths of the forum here and I have found similar issues people have had and either their problems were solved - or they weren't (mostly no, but many were left open-ended and the inquirer never stated whether it was fixed or not). If there is something that you know for sure is on the forum or on Google somewhere, or if you yourself would have to Google something for me, please reply and tell me to Google it because I do not want to waste anyone's time.

I have some concerns about the similar posts I have found on the forum (besides what I just talked about) - the situations are all (understandably) slightly different (some more so than others) and most are with different boards. Others I just didn't bother to get into because they were vague or poorly-written.

Okay - so here is my issue:
I was trying to upload this code:
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void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial.println("Hello World")
;}

However, this came up:

Sketch uses 1,798 bytes (5%) of program storage space. Maximum is 32,256 bytes.
Global variables use 212 bytes (10%) of dynamic memory, leaving 1,836 bytes for local variables. Maximum is 2,048 bytes.
avrdude: ser_open(): can't open device "\\.\COM1": The system cannot find the file specified.


Problem uploading to board.  See http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Troubleshooting#upload for suggestions.


First I checked the Troubleshooting Guide (like it said). Also, Tools>Ports is grayed out, which added to my confusion.

Originally I went to the Device Manager and went to the "Ports" section to check if the board was on COM1 like the software and the error message said (see attached screenshot), and it was on COM3. So I tried to change it to COM1, still didn't work. Then I watched this video. Since the guy in the video deleted the driver in Device Manager and reinstalled it, I attempted to do the same. Except when I reconnected my Arduino it showed up under "Other Devices." Being the idiot that I am, I uninstalled it again because I thought I messed up (the COM section wasn't showing up under "Properties").

After that, disconnecting and reconnecting my board did not get a device to show up under "Ports" or "Other Devices." This week I tried again and it showed up under "Other Devices," thank God. I tried to update the driver (see attached screenshots) and Device Manager said that it was updated, and it recognized my board as well. However, when I closed out of the dialog (and even when I opened and closed Device Manager), it was still under "Other Devices" listed as "Unknown Device." I tried reinstalling the driver over and over, still didn't work. I directed it to the Arduino drivers file and I have let it search for updated software - both times it says the installation was successful.

I'm sorry for my inexperience and noob-ishness, and thank you to whoever has the time to read through this and respond. I would greatly appreciate whatever help I can get.

Thanks

- otakucupcake99

otakucupcake99

Also for clarification: I didn't explicitly state this and I know my wording may be confusing in the last/second-to-last paragraph but even though Windows said the update was successful, my Arduino keeps showing up under "Other Devices" as an "Unknown Device."

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