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Windows USB Probe Driver File Installation

For ABACUS ELECTRICS USB optical probes to function on a Microsoft Windows computer it is necessary for software driver files to be installed.  These driver files are available here, and are also supplied on a CD with each probe.  The driver files need only be installed on a PC once.  They will then be loaded automatically each time the probe is plugged in.  When the drivers are installed the optical probe will appear to Windows as a serial (COM) port.  The meter-reading application must then be set to use this 'virtual' COM port.

There are alternative methods for installing the software drivers.
 
  • Microsoft Windows Update – recommended if the computer has an internet connection
  • Pre-installation set-up program – recommended if the computer has no internet connection
  • Manually install the driver files (available below)

Automatic Install through Windows Update

Computers that have an internet connection will access Microsoft Windows Update when an ABACUS ELECTRICS USB optical probe is plugged in. 
The drivers will be downloaded and installed automatically (silently).
Depending upon the version of Windows, and the Update settings, permission may be requested to look online for the driver files.  It sometimes takes several (30) seconds. The procedure should occur twice, the second time following on automatically from the first.

Pre-Install method

For computers without an internet connection the driver pre-install method is recommended. 
The set-up program should be run before an ABACUS optical probe is plugged into the computer.  Download  the set-up program to a known and convenient location, for example the desktop.
Right-click the program icon and select Run as administrator.
Follow the instructions and the driver files will be installed ready for use.

Set-up program: AbacusOpticalProbeDrivers.exe

Manual Install method

To manually install the drivers review the appropriate Windows installation guide.
 

Operating System

Windows 10
Windows 8 / 8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000

Installation Guide

Win8_10Install.pdf
Win8_10Install.pdf
Win7Install.pdf
WinVistaInstall.pdf
WinXPInstall.pdf
Win2KInstall.pdf

Driver Files

Windows 10
Windows 8 / 8.1
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP
Windows 2000

 
  Windows 7 and above - Manual Installation

Download and unzip and driver file archive.
The default extract directory is C:\AbacusProbeDrivers
Next plug in the ABACUS USB optical probe.

Plug in the A9U/F9U USB optical probe.

The drivers must be installed through the Device Manager.
Press the Windows start button to bring up the start menu and select
“Control Panel”.
Select the Control Panel window then select Hardware and Sound.
At the next screen select Device Manager:
The ABACUS ELECTRICS Optical Probe is shown under Other Devices with a yellow warning symbol.
This indicates a problem with the device (the drivers are not yet installed).
Right click on the other device to bring up a menu.
On the displayed menu select “Update Driver Software…”
This then displays the option for an automatic search or a manual search.
Select the second option to 'Browse my computer for driver software'.
In the 'Search for driver software at their location:' box browse to the
driver directory:
C:/AbacusProbeDrivers
The location should be the top level folder of the extracted files and contain two *.INF files.
After entering the address select “Next” to start the installation.
When the installation has finished a completion screen is displayed.
"Windows has successfully updated your driver software"
Press Close to close this window and go back to the Device Manager Window.

The Optical Probe is now shown under Other Devices as a USB Serial Port.
A yellow warning symbol indicates all the drivers are not yet installed.
Right click on the USB Serial Port entry to bring up a menu.
Select “Update Driver Software…”
This then displays the option for an automatic search or a manual search.
Again select the second option to browse manually.
Again in the 'Search for driver software at their location:' box browse to
the driver directory:
C:\AbacusProbeDrivers
After entering the address select “Next” to start the installation.
When the installation is finished a completion screen is displayed.
Note this screen also displays the COM port assigned to the probe.
Press Close to close this window and go back to the Device Manager Window.
This time the Device Manager does not have a yellow warning entry under
Other Devices.
It will show entries under Universal Serial Bus Controllers and Ports (COM
& LPT).
The entry in Ports (COM & LPT) will show the COM port assigned to the
probe.

The A9U/F9U probe is now installed as a ‘virtual serial port’.

Start the meter-reading application and in the set-up or communications
section select the COM port used by the A9U/F9U probe.
 
  Windows Vista, XP, 2000 - Manual Installation

Download and unzip and driver file archive.
The default extract directory is C:\AbacusProbeDrivers
Next plug in the ABACUS USB optical probe.

When the “Found New Hardware Wizard” window opens chose to install from a specific location – then browse to the new sub-directory.
This process will occur twice, first for the ‘USB Serial Converter/ABACUS Optical Probe’ and second for a ‘USB Serial Port’.
The A9U/F9U probe is now installed as a ‘virtual serial port’.

Open the Windows Device Manager to find the COM port number that is assigned to the ABACUS USB probe.
Click the [+] box for the Ports (COM & LPT) section to expand the branch.
Note the COM port number beside the ‘USB Serial Converter/ABACUS Optical Probe’ entry and then close the Device Manager.
If the COM port number is inappropriate for the meter-reading application change it - COM1 to COM4 are usually best.
If the COM port number is changed then re-start Windows before running the meter-reading application.

Start the the meter-reading application and in the set-up or communications section select the COM port used by the A9U/F9U probe.