Derby Timer - Windows Driver Installation

You only need to install a driver if you want to use event management software with your Derby Timer.  This type of software is optional, unless you want automatic event scoring and race management.

The same USB connection provides both power and serial communications.

Step 1 - Download the Derby Timer Driver

Click here to download the windows driver 

Unzip it to a directory on your PC 

Step 1b - (Windows version 8+ only)

Windows 8?  You need to first reboot into a special mode that allows installation of unsigned drivers.  Instructions are here.  Unless you reboot into that special "Unsigned Driver Mode", you will not be able to install the driver.  We hope to be able to offer a "signed" driver in a future season to eliminate this step.

Step 2 - Open Device Manager

  1. Open Device Manager
    • Windows 7
      1. Click on the Start button and then choose Control Panel.
      2. Click on the System and Security link.
        • Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply click on Device Manager.
      3. In the System and Security window, click on the Device Manager link located under the System heading.
    • Windows 8
      1. In Desktop View, right click on the start menu icon.
      2. A menu will popup that has Device Manager listed

    Step 3 - Install the Derby Timer device Driver

    1. Locate the "USB IO Board" under "Other Devices".  (See image below)  Updating driver in device manager
    2. Select "Update Driver Software..."
    3. Select "Browse my computer for driver software".  
    4. Browse the the unzipped driver directory (downloaded in step 1) and select the "driver" directory.
    5. Windows may complain the driver is unsigned...select the option to "Install Anyway"

    Step 4 - Verify Driver Installation

    When correctly installed, you will see "SparkFun Pro Micro (COM<#>)" under ports in Device Manager when Derby Timer is connected, as seen below.  [SparkFun Pro Micro is a commercially available circuit board, that is inside each Derby Timer.]

    This is a "virtual" COM port, and Windows may (or may not) assign a different COM port number each time it is connected.