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Arduino Essentials

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Arduino Essentials

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Arduino Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewer

Installing the drivers

As it is a USB device, the Arduino board might need its own drivers to be installed before your computer can talk to it.

The most recent boards, such as the Arduino Uno or the Arduino Mega 2560 board, don't need any special drivers to be installed. If you are using an older model, such as the Diecimilia board or any other board with an FTDI driver chip like the one shown in the following screenshot, you will have to install the specific drivers:


You can download the driver's version for your operating system right from the FTDI manufacturer page at

We will provide brief instructions on how to install these drivers for the operating system of your choice.


Under Windows, the installation may be a little tricky due to the fact that Windows will do its best to recognize the board and locate appropriate drivers for it, failing most of the times in doing so. To get the drivers up and running, perform the following steps...