I've noticed a lot of USB connect issues lately and I have found some solutions. There are and could be several reasons for this. It could be hardware or software. It might be the connector on the board. It might be PPM and it might be something else. So if we all get together in one place we might have better luck solving these issues. So if you have a connect problem let's get to work on it here. Please be civil with me and I'll try and help. Together I think we can work this out. I don't care if you have a clone. Has nothing to do with finding a solution as far as I'm concerned. Be prepared to get dirty and have your camera ready and send screen shots too. Thanks let's fix this.
First things to try: PORT CONNECTIONS and COM PORT
Check com Port Speed in Mission Planner (115200)
Make sure of Com Port in Device Manager.
Turn off Bluetooth.
Remove any USB Devices you can.
Swap around USB ports.
Try a different USB cable.
Second things to try: SOFTWARE and DEVICE DRIVERS
Mission Planner checks for updates when it starts (if connected to the internet). Have you checked for Updates?
If Mission Planner just updated run threw the Port Connection and Com Port checks first.
Try installing USB Driver http://ardupilot.com/downloads/?did=19 (APM 2)
If you have another PC install Mission Planner on it and see if it works on it.
Uninstall Mission Planner and reinstall from MSI http://ardupilot.com/downloads/#Mission_Planner_3_raquo
If you having HUD display not moving problems-
Try installing latest STABLE FIRMWARE BUILD from http://firmware.diydrones.com/
Third things to try: FIRMWARE AND HARDWARE FIXES
CAUTION: USE THESE FIXES ONLY AFTER ASKING FOR HELP! IF YOU ARE IN WARRANTY CONTACT 3DR or SELLER of your board FIRST!
Update/Reflash PPM Firmware
IF YOU GET THIS FAR ORDER A NEW APM!
Mission Planner woes!
Make sure you have this font.
If you need to uninstall and reinstall Mission Planner
Make sure you go into device manager and uninstall the USB driver!
Make sure you have the proper .NET installed for Mission Planner (4.0 for the latest)
Make sure you install the MSI Mission Planner.
Make sure you reboot after making changes.
(Edit) THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS!
I now offer a service to repair your APM for a $20 flat rate. If you send me your APM along with $20 and a self addressed return envelope with postage so I can return your APM to you if I can repair it or not. If I can't repair it I'll return $10 to you along with your APM.
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I'll be posting photo's/videos of repairs so others can learn too.
I'm working on JTAG and UART0 work arounds that may give acceptable results for some.
Warning: Do not exceed Abs MAX input voltages when connecting the power supply or you will damage your board.
Warning: Connecting USB when you have input voltages at the high end of the range (near Abs Max) can damage the board. Disconnect battery before connecting USB or test input voltages so they are within the specified range.
|Power Options||Nominal||Abs MAX||JP1 status|
|Power on Output PWM connector||5.37V +-0.5||6V||JP1 connected|
|Power on Input PWM connector||5.00V +-0.25||5.5V||JP1 connected|