How to install Arduino drivers on Windows 8

One of my favourite “gadgets” is the Arduino (no matter if UNO, Leonardo, Mega, …), which you will surely read some articles about in the near future. But let’s get back to the title.
Unfortunately the drivers of the Arduinos are not signed for Windows 8. So, when you try to install the drivers, you will get an error that will look similar to the following message. (Click to enlarge the picture.)
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Before installation:
So that this doesn’t happen to us, we have to make sure that we will be able to install unsigned drivers on Windows 8. How to do so, you can read in this article I’ve written some days ago. If you have followed the steps of my article, you can start to install the Arduino driver in Windows 8
Step 1:
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Connect the Arduino via an USB cable […]

How to install unsigned drivers in Windows 8

Info: If you’re looking for a solution for Windows 10, read the article about installing unsigned drivers in Windows 10.
Meanwhile for me it’s almost impossible to live without Windows 8. I got used to the new interface and don’t want to miss it even for one day. Then, yesterday I detected a very unpleasant problem. Windows 8 just didn’t wanted to install a driver, because it was not signed. In the end it worked out. And this is how I did it.
Install unsigned driver with Windows 8
To install unsigned driver (driver which are not signed by Microsoft) in Windows 8, you have to reboot your system in a “special way” before.
Step 1:
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As soon as Windows 8 is ready, you need to start the Boot-Options-Menu. Therefore you need to press Win+R at the Windows 8 desktop, to open the “Execute”-Dialog. Now you […]

How to set up a PERL development environment on Windows with Eclipse

perl_article_logoAs I shall deal, due to the university, the next six months with Perl, a appropriate IDE was needed. And because there were not given any installation instructions at my university, I have written down in the following, how you can set up a viable development environment for Perl scripts on Windows.
After reading this article you should be able to write Perl code using the IDE “Eclipse”. This has the advantage that in eclipse (by help of plugins) syntax errors are detected, etc.. If you know Eclipse and think it’s too “heavy weight” then you need to be patient for a little bit. In the following days I’ll post a further article in which I’ll describe how you can set up Notepad++ to use it as Perl development environment.
Preparation
Firstly you will need a Perl distribution – I’ve decided on ActiveState Perl […]

Show status bar in Windows 8 explorer

In Windows 8, as everybody knows, was indeed also heavily bolted to the Explorer. Among other things, the Explorer has now received a ribbon bar. Everything looks very chic and is also functional. However, what I miss in default settings is, that the Explorer in Windows 8 is shipped with hidden status bar. (This is the small bar at the bottom border of the Explorer, where you can see attributes such as size, number of files, etc..)
How do you get the bar to appear again, I would like to show briefly below. Probably since Windows 7 not much has changed to do so, but I was never confronted about in Windows 7-times with this problem.
Step 1:
Open an Explorer window (Computer, My Documents, etc. …).
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Step 2:
Switch to the “View” tab in the ribbon bar. Then navigate to “Options” and then “Change Folder […]

Workaround: Canon EOS 300D Windows 7 drivers

Canon EOS 300DRecently I put my hands on a Canon EOS 300D and should copy a few photos from the camera to the PC. Easier said than done. The camera has a few years under his belt and Windows 7 was seemingly not able to find suitable drivers. Also the Windows driver search did not help.
Now comes the part where I want to apologize for the misleading headline. In fact I have no Windows 7 driver for you. However, I have a solution on how to get the Canon EOS 300D running under Windows 7 without additional drivers. Therefore just a setting in the camera menu must be changed.
Connect Canon EOS 300D with Windows 7 – how it works
Step 1:
Turn on the camera and click on the “Menu” button on the left edge of the display.