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I have had a few reports that people are having issues with the USB drivers on Windows XP.

The problem

When a mainboard (spider) is connected the USB driver never loads, the device is not found and VS cannot deploy. If you look in the device manager it will appear as unknown.

Solution

  • Make sure you have Win XP SP2 installed.
  • Get the latest .NET Gadgeteer bits. Probably from GHI, and remember they are updated often; probably fixing some other issue you may hit!
  • During the install select the ‘Legacy USB Driver’ option.
  • Plugin your mainboard (spider) and in device manager right click the unknown/error device and update the driver to a legacy driver. (located in the GHI install directory) – something like
  • “C:\Program Files (x86)\GHI Electronics\GHI Premium NETMF v4.2 SDK\USB Drivers”

Other reading

How to hack the inf file: http://www.tinyclr.com/forum/topic?id=9521 . If you alter the inf remember that every time there is an update from GHI you will probably want to go through the inf alteration steps again.

Thanks to Gavin T for helping troubleshoot these issues.