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Getting my computer to recognize my MSP430F5529


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I'm extremely new to microcontrollers so please bear with me.  I followed these steps exactly: http://energia.nu/pin-maps/guide_msp430f5529launchpad/

When I plug in my board I can play around with the little button press application it comes with no problem.  The issue is when I launch Energia, I can't select the serial port (the option is greyed out).  I checked device manager and MSP Application UART and MSP Debug Interface both show up in "Other devices" with exclamations next to them.  This is Windows 7 64 bit by the way.  What could I have possibly done wrong?  I'll also add that at one point I downloaded the CDC driver here: https://github.com/energia/Energia/raw/gh-pages/files/EZ430-UART.zip and ran the 64 bit option.  I've since unstalled it and still nothing works.  What did I do wrong?

 

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If all you did was plug it in, that's to be expected.

 

Download drivers from http://energia.nu/Guide_Windows.html or install CCS from TI's website (registration required).

Well that did fix my problem... I don't get it though.  As I said in my original post, I installed the driver (same one) and it did nothing for me.  Is there a difference between the one I linked to and the one you linked to?  Regardless, I appreciate it.

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I just updated the Windows guide. See MSP-EXP430F5529LP and MSP-EXP430FR5969 LaunchPad on http://energia.nu/guide/guide_windows/

Previously it erroneously stated that no drivers were required for the MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad. This was wrong, it does need drivers on Windows. Notice that these drivers are different than the drivers for the MSP-EXP430G2 and MSP-EXP430FR5739 LaunchPad (aka ez430).

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