Sun SPOTs in Windows 7 x64

With Microsoft’s new OS and 64 bits, there’s sure some steps to be done to make Sun’s SPOTs run – here’s a quick how-to.
  1. Download and install x64 version of the USB driver needed for the SPOTs from http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/MCHPFSUSB_Setup_v1.3.exe
  2. Start Internet Explorer as Administrator and go to http://java.sun.com
    1. Download the JRE and SDK for Windows x86 and install (JDK6u16 at the time of writing), make sure you have no 64 bit versions installed
    2. Restart
  3. Start Internet Explorer as Administrator and download and install the Netbeans IDE from http://www.netbeans.org if desired
  4. Make sure that Netbeans finds the SDK correctly (especially if changing Java versions)
    1. If you get an error, edit the netbeans.conf file, typically located in C:Program Files (x86)NetBeans 6.7.1etc
      Note: you need to edit the file as administrator
    2. Adjust the following:

    # Default location of JDK, can be overridden by using –jdkhome <dir>:
    netbeans_jdkhome=”C:Program Files (x86)Javajdk1.6.0_16″

  5. Start Internet Explorer as Administrator and go to http://sunspotworld.com
    1. Go to the install section and click on the install icon
    2. Click your way through the installation
      1. Use a directory path without spaces, e.g., “C:SunSPOT”, as SDK path
  6. Connect the SPOT, you will receive and error message about the unfound driver. Each SPOT will need to go through the following procedure:
    1. Open the device manager (right-click on My Computer and choose Manage)
    2. Find the SPOT under Other Devices
    3. Right-click on the entry and choose to Update Driver Software…
      1. Select Browse my computer…
      2. Select Let me pick…
      3. Scroll down to Ports (COM&LPT) and click Next
      4. From the Manufacturer list select Microchip Technology, Inc.
      5. Select the Communications Port entry
      6. Click Next and confirm the warning
      7. Close the dialog
    1. Your SPOT is now listed as Communications Port (COM x)
    2. Close the Device Manager
  7. Launch the Sun SPOTManager, your device should appear properly

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