As some of you may know, Windows 7 and our SAMD21 and SAMD51 products have not really played well together in the past. Luckily, SparkFun has recently created some new drivers for our SAMD products that should work on Windows 7 machines:
- RedBoard Turbo
- SAMD21 Development Breakout Board
- SAMD21 Mini Breakout Board
- 9DoF Razor IMU
- ProRF - LoRa
- SAMD51 Thing Plus
You can find the GitHub Repo with the Windows 7 installer package for SparkFun's SAMD21/SAMD51-based breakout boards below. Be sure to download the sparkfun_drivers_184.108.40.206.exe file specifically. Later versions of Windows should have built-in support.
Downloading and installing the drivers should be simple. An executable installation package is provided, so it should fairly straightforward. Click on the executable and follow the prompts to install. The following hookup guides have been updated for Windows 7 drivers.
SAMD21 Mini/Dev Breakout Hookup Guide
9DoF Razor IMU M0 Hookup Guide
Wireless Joystick Hookup Guide
SparkFun SAMD21 Pro RF Hookup Guide
RedBoard Turbo Hookup Guide
LumiDrive Hookup Guide
- Try unplugging and plugging your board back in.
- Try forcing your board into bootloader mode.
- Retry the installation.
Keep in mind that you will need to have the SAMD product forced into bootloader mode by hitting the reset button twice in order to upload code after you have successfully installed the Windows 7 drivers. You can learn how to get a SAMD product into bootloader mode below:
If you are still running into issues and require technical support, head over to the SparkFun forums and post in the SAMD category. For more information on how technical support works, check out the Technical Assistance landing page: