Dmf_control_board plugin & Arduino Recognition


#1

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a couple issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start microdrop, it gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal? I tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops up at the start.

  2. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as “Unknown Device” in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino. I tried installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other USB ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no luck. Some forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried this since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!


#2

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It
may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please
send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the
menu "Help/About"). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is
not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino
is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You
may have to disable it:
https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

···

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a couple
issues I could use some assistance with:

1) I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so
successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start microdrop, it
gives me an "Error loading dmf_control_board plugin." Is this normal? I
tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops up at
the start.

2) My computer doesn't recognize the Arduino. It is listed as "Unknown
Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino. I tried
installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is
unsuccessful and says it can't install the driver. I've tried other USB
ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no luck. Some
forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I've tried this
since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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#3

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I’ve attached the terminal window documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows 8. I restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it looks like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to recognize the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

Error loading dmf_control_board plugin log.docx (13.6 KB)

···

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It

may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please

send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the

menu “Help/About”). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is

not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino

is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You

may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender bfbe...@gmail.com wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a couple

issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so

successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start microdrop, it

gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal? I

tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops up at

the start.

  1. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as "Unknown

Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino. I tried

installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is

unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other USB

ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no luck. Some

forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried this

since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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#4

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My
Documents/Microdrop/plugins/__init__.py". This is a special file that
marks the "plugins" directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named "__init__.py" in that location (that's
two underscores before and after)
or 2.) delete the "My Documents/Microdrop/plugins" directory and it
will be created automatically the next time you start "Microdrop". In
this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

···

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> wrote:

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I've attached the terminal window
documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows 8. I
restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it looks
like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to recognize
the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel <ry...@fobel.net> wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It
may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please
send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the
menu "Help/About"). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is
not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino
is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You
may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey,
>
> Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a
> couple
> issues I could use some assistance with:
>
> 1) I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so
> successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start microdrop,
> it
> gives me an "Error loading dmf_control_board plugin." Is this normal? I
> tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops up
> at
> the start.
>
> 2) My computer doesn't recognize the Arduino. It is listed as "Unknown
> Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino. I
> tried
> installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is
> unsuccessful and says it can't install the driver. I've tried other USB
> ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no luck.
> Some
> forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I've tried
> this
> since the workshop. Suggestions?
>
> Thanks!
>
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#5

I went with option (1). Worked like a charm :slight_smile: Thanks!

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On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My

Documents/Microdrop/plugins/init.py". This is a special file that

marks the “plugins” directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named “init.py” in that location (that’s

two underscores before and after)

or 2.) delete the “My Documents/Microdrop/plugins” directory and it

will be created automatically the next time you start “Microdrop”. In

this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender bfbe...@gmail.com wrote:

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I’ve attached the terminal window

documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows 8. I

restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it looks

like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to recognize

the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It

may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please

send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the

menu “Help/About”). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is

not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino

is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You

may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender bfbe...@gmail.com wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a

couple

issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so

successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start microdrop,

it

gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal? I

tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops up

at

the start.

  1. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as "Unknown

Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino. I

tried

installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is

unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other USB

ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no luck.

Some

forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried

this

since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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#6

No prob!

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On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> wrote:

I went with option (1). Worked like a charm :slight_smile: Thanks!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Ryan Fobel <ry...@fobel.net> wrote:

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My
Documents/Microdrop/plugins/__init__.py". This is a special file that
marks the "plugins" directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named "__init__.py" in that location (that's
two underscores before and after)
or 2.) delete the "My Documents/Microdrop/plugins" directory and it
will be created automatically the next time you start "Microdrop". In
this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> wrote:
> The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I've attached the terminal window
> documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows
> 8. I
> restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it
> looks
> like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to
> recognize
> the Arduino. Thanks!
>
> I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.
>
> On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel <ry...@fobel.net> wrote:
>>
>> Hey Brian,
>>
>> Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It
>> may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please
>> send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the
>> menu "Help/About"). It should say 0.1.706
>>
>> As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is
>> not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino
>> is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You
>> may have to disable it:
>>
>>
>> https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8
>>
>> -Ryan
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender <bfbe...@gmail.com> >> >> wrote:
>> > Hey,
>> >
>> > Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a
>> > couple
>> > issues I could use some assistance with:
>> >
>> > 1) I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so
>> > successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start
>> > microdrop,
>> > it
>> > gives me an "Error loading dmf_control_board plugin." Is this normal?
>> > I
>> > tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops
>> > up
>> > at
>> > the start.
>> >
>> > 2) My computer doesn't recognize the Arduino. It is listed as
>> > "Unknown
>> > Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino.
>> > I
>> > tried
>> > installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is
>> > unsuccessful and says it can't install the driver. I've tried other
>> > USB
>> > ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no
>> > luck.
>> > Some
>> > forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I've tried
>> > this
>> > since the workshop. Suggestions?
>> >
>> > Thanks!
>> >
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#7

Hi Ryan,

I’m a new postdoc with the Jeffrey Lab, and I’m continuing our work with the Dropbot platform.

I started Microdrop and updated the DMF_control_board plugin, and now the program won’t start. I’m getting the same error as Brian did in this post, but my plugins folder contains “init.py” and I tried deleting the entire plugins folder and updating again, to no avail. I attached a screenshot of the error.

Any advice on troubleshooting this?

Thanks!

Matt

···

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:40:22 PM UTC-7, Ryan Fobel wrote:

No prob!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

I went with option (1). Worked like a charm :slight_smile: Thanks!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My

Documents/Microdrop/plugins/init.py". This is a special file that

marks the “plugins” directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named “init.py” in that location (that’s

two underscores before and after)

or 2.) delete the “My Documents/Microdrop/plugins” directory and it

will be created automatically the next time you start “Microdrop”. In

this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I’ve attached the terminal window

documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows

  1. I

restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it

looks

like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to

recognize

the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It

may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please

send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the

menu “Help/About”). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is

not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino

is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You

may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com > > >> >> wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a

couple

issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so

successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start

microdrop,

it

gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal?

I

tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops

up

at

the start.

  1. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as

"Unknown

Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino.

I

tried

installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is

unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other

USB

ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no

luck.

Some

forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried

this

since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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#8

Hello again. Looks like I managed to get it to work by randomly tinkering.

I uninstalled the Arduino in Device Manager and let it reload itself. Then Microdrop started properly and flashed the hardware. Voila!

Best,

Matt

···

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9:29:38 AM UTC-7, Matt Jackson wrote:

Hi Ryan,

I’m a new postdoc with the Jeffrey Lab, and I’m continuing our work with the Dropbot platform.

I started Microdrop and updated the DMF_control_board plugin, and now the program won’t start. I’m getting the same error as Brian did in this post, but my plugins folder contains “init.py” and I tried deleting the entire plugins folder and updating again, to no avail. I attached a screenshot of the error.

Any advice on troubleshooting this?

Thanks!

Matt

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:40:22 PM UTC-7, Ryan Fobel wrote:

No prob!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

I went with option (1). Worked like a charm :slight_smile: Thanks!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My

Documents/Microdrop/plugins/init.py". This is a special file that

marks the “plugins” directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named “init.py” in that location (that’s

two underscores before and after)

or 2.) delete the “My Documents/Microdrop/plugins” directory and it

will be created automatically the next time you start “Microdrop”. In

this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I’ve attached the terminal window

documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows

  1. I

restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it

looks

like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to

recognize

the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It

may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please

send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the

menu “Help/About”). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is

not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino

is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You

may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com > > > > >> >> wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a

couple

issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so

successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start

microdrop,

it

gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal?

I

tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops

up

at

the start.

  1. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as

"Unknown

Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino.

I

tried

installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is

unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other

USB

ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no

luck.

Some

forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried

this

since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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#9

Great! Glad to hear it you got it up and running.

Cheers,

Christian

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On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 12:52 PM Matt Jackson joshuama...@gmail.com wrote:

Hello again. Looks like I managed to get it to work by randomly tinkering.

I uninstalled the Arduino in Device Manager and let it reload itself. Then Microdrop started properly and flashed the hardware. Voila!

Best,

Matt

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 9:29:38 AM UTC-7, Matt Jackson wrote:

Hi Ryan,

I’m a new postdoc with the Jeffrey Lab, and I’m continuing our work with the Dropbot platform.

I started Microdrop and updated the DMF_control_board plugin, and now the program won’t start. I’m getting the same error as Brian did in this post, but my plugins folder contains “init.py” and I tried deleting the entire plugins folder and updating again, to no avail. I attached a screenshot of the error.

Any advice on troubleshooting this?

Thanks!

Matt

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 2:40:22 PM UTC-7, Ryan Fobel wrote:

No prob!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 5:13 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

I went with option (1). Worked like a charm :slight_smile: Thanks!

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:45 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Ok, so it looks to me like you are missing a file: "My

Documents/Microdrop/plugins/init.py". This is a special file that

marks the “plugins” directory as a Python module. You can either:

1.) create an empty file named “init.py” in that location (that’s

two underscores before and after)

or 2.) delete the “My Documents/Microdrop/plugins” directory and it

will be created automatically the next time you start “Microdrop”. In

this case, you will need to reinstall the dmf_control_board plugin.

Let me know if this fixes your problem.

-Ryan

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 4:31 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com wrote:

The microdrop version is 0.1.706, and I’ve attached the terminal window

documentation. You were absolutely right about the Arduino and Windows

  1. I

restarted after I changed the settings for digital signatures and it

looks

like it now allowed the driver to be installed and it appears to

recognize

the Arduino. Thanks!

I appreciate taking the time to help me figure it out.

On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ryan Fobel ry...@fobel.net wrote:

Hey Brian,

Can you please cut and paste the contents from the terminal window? It

may have some clue as to why the plugin is not loading. Also please

send the version number of your microdrop installation (look under the

menu “Help/About”). It should say 0.1.706

As for your Arduino, do you have access to another computer that is

not running Windows 8? That would allow you to verify that the Arduino

is working. A common problem with Arduino/Win8 is driver signing. You

may have to disable it:

https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/disabling-driver-signature-on-windows-8

-Ryan

On Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brian Bender bfb...@gmail.com > > > > > > >> >> wrote:

Hey,

Finally, got some equipment in and am getting things started, but a

couple

issues I could use some assistance with:

  1. I downloaded and installed the dmf_control_board plugin; it did so

successfully and re-started microdrop, but every time I start

microdrop,

it

gives me an “Error loading dmf_control_board plugin.” Is this normal?

I

tried uninstalling and re-installing, but the same error message pops

up

at

the start.

  1. My computer doesn’t recognize the Arduino. It is listed as

"Unknown

Device" in the Device Manager. The power light comes on the Arduino.

I

tried

installing the driver by browsing for the Arduino.inf file, but it is

unsuccessful and says it can’t install the driver. I’ve tried other

USB

ports in this computer (brand new computer - Windows 8.1), but no

luck.

Some

forums say the Arduino may be dead. This is the first time I’ve tried

this

since the workshop. Suggestions?

Thanks!

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