This question is rather esoteric, but an hour of net-perusing led me nowhere useful.
I am attempting to get an old Evolution ER1 robot kit (no longer produced) running on Windows XP. The install CD which came with my kit did not work on two separate systems (was just read as a blank CD), so I used the CD image found here. The Robot Control Center installed fine, and I got the camera working fairly easily, but no matter what I do, the Robot Control Center program will not recognize the USB robot control module; it gives a
Error accessing robot hardware message upon startup and is nonfunctional.
There are two devices involved here: a USB to serial converter (sometimes called a USB serial port) and the robot control module. They require separate drivers.
The Evolution Tech Support FAQs suggest manually installing the drivers. The instructions make sense (and seem reasonable), but the files they list simply do not exist in that folder. The instructions state to (excerpts):
6) Click "Have Disk..." and "Browse" to the location of the driver (D:\USB Robot Control Module)
7) Highlight the "ER1 Control Module v1.0" in the list and click the Next button.
7) Click "Have Disk..." and "Browse" to the location of the driver (D:\USB Robot Control Module)
8) Highlight the "USB Serial Port" in the list and click the Next button.
9) When prompted by the driver-signing wizard, click "Continue Anyway".
for the control module interface and USB to serial converter respectively.
However, my "USB Robot Control Module" folder has only the following drivers:
Simple deduction would suggest the first two are for the USB to serial converter and the latter for the robot control module, but installing as such doesn't work, nor does the reverse, or any other configuration I tried. No matter what I do, the Robot Control Center software gives the same
Error accessing robot hardware message upon startup, and all commands are nonfunctional.
At this point, I'm not sure where to go. If someone who has gone through this process could give some pointers, they would be very much appreciated.