STK500 connecting issues

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Hi everyone.
I haven't posted on here in a while but wanted to get back into AVR development again. today i attempted to plug in my STK500 and fire it up. To my disappointment :roll: i was hit with a bunch of probs. Heres what happened...

last time i was programming using my STK500, i had a different laptop, with win XP, now i have a new one with Vista. I also had a USB to serial converter for my lappy, however, i seem to have misplaced that. i went out and purchased a new one today. I installed AVR studio 4.13 and attempted to connect my STK to no avail. I cant get the STK500 to connect all the time, sometimes it does but its not working correctly, it says it cant find the programmer sometimes, then it told me i needed new firmware which was installing right up to the very end when it told me it had failed. i tried loading the stk500.ebn file back onto the stk which worked. But all up im having trouble figuring out the source of the problem. i have searched the forum quite extensively so please dont tell me to go search. any help would be great. let me know if more info is required

Dan
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danrulz01 wrote:
But all up im having trouble figuring out the source of the problem.

It's called "Vista" isn't it? ;)

(personally if I was getting a new laptop I'd acutally go with the XP option if it were available)

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i think i might run it as a dual boot, with xp and see if that fixes my prob. however, i was under the impression that 4.13 had all the bugs sorted with vista (well according to Atmel's page)

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I have had problems with those usb/serial leads before now. might be worth using a different chipset one and the problem might go away. but the same thing, sometimes it would work and sometimes not!

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got it working, turns out it was the usb - serial converter. Note to self and others, DONT use "Targus" usb > serial converters with stk500. they dont work

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I think it's worth noting that all maybe suspect and shouldn't be ruled out, it might be an artifact of the USB - Serial bridge. What was the chipset of the one that does work?