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problems seeing chipkit32 serial port on mac

Created Mon, 23 May 2011 21:37:03 +0000 by somatt


Mon, 23 May 2011 21:37:03 +0000

Hello, Since I haven't been able to get the MPIDE working in linux I figured I would try on the mac. On the mac I can get the MPIDE running, can input the code, and can choose the chipkit32 max in the dropdown menu. I am unable to see the serial port as per the arduino instructions. I for some reason can only see bluetooth ports. Which is why (I'm assuming) that when I push the code to the chipkit nothing actually happens and the MPIDE terminal says timeout.
I have tried restarting the MPIDE, and have also tried rebooting the mac, and have also tried pressing the reset button on the chipkit. All I get is a quickly blinking green LED on the chipkit and the mac cannot see the serial port.
As I said in my other post I can't even get the MPIDE up and running on my linux box.
Please advise, I am VERY excited to get developing for the chipkit, but keep running into roadblocks :( Thanks, Matt


Tue, 24 May 2011 00:05:20 +0000

If I remember correctly, I believe that on Mac I had to install the FTDI drivers. I followed the instructions here just substituting the mpide app for the arduino app. I downloaded the latest drivers directly from the FTDI website.


Sat, 04 Jun 2011 03:43:29 +0000

I had a similar issue on my Mac Mini, but it although it looked like a serial port problem, it turned out to be the fact that the IDE defaulted to a real Arduino board. I needed to go to Tools >> Board and select the chipKIT UNO32 and then life was good.

I must say I was impressed. I found the answer by using the Troubleshooting Help menu item. Yep, when all else fails, consult the help :)


Sat, 04 Jun 2011 05:13:13 +0000

FWIW, I have MPIDE successfully uploading to both Arduinos and ChipKits on my Mac. You do need to have installed the FTDI drivers - I had mine installed as a result of Arduinos a long time ago (and didn't need to update them at all.)