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Installing SPROG II on Mac OS-X

Install USB drivers

USB drivers for SPROG need to be installed, and then enabled, to use them on your Mac. The driver is now provided in disk image (.dmg) format.
Click on the appropriate link below to open the installer for your OS version.

For MacOS 10.4 and later, use FTDIUSBSerialDriver_v2_2_10.dmg;

For MacOS 10.2 or 10.3, use FTDIUSBSerialDriver_v2_1_10.dmg;

In the Apple Safari browser, you will be navigated to the files, and you need to double-click on the highlighted ".dmg" file to open it.

Using Firefox, the ".dmg" file will be opened for you

Run the installer by double clicking on the FTDIUSBSerialDriver.pkg icon.

A screen will appear to guide you through the process.

Click Continue to proceed with the installation and follow the instructions on screen.
When the installation is complete, you must reboot the computer, and then return to this page of the installation.

Connect Sprog II and complete the Driver setup

When the computer has rebooted, plug in the power to the SPROG, and the USB cable from the SPROG to the computer. The red power LED should illuminate. The USB LED only illuminates (flashes) during message transfer.

Enable Drivers

The new driver and port now has to be enabled on MacOSx 10.4 and older. MacOSX 10.5 enables newly installed port drivers, but this procedure will allow you to check, and to identify the new SPROG driver correctly.
The easiest way to do this is to run the application System Preferences and select Network (Go > Applications > System Preferences > Network); you may see the text "New Port Detected".
Click OK and select Network Port Configurations from the Show: list (10.4 and earlier).

The new port will typically be named "usbserial-feedcode" (where "feedcode" is a default name which is either the device's serial number or, for unserialized devices, a location string that depends on which USB port your device is connected to)
The new port is enabled from this screen by checking the "On" box and clicking Apply Now.

On MacOSX 10.5 the dialog looks different, but still refers to the same items:

The presence of the SPROG entry in this list is correct, and indicates that it is installed, even though it indicates "Not Connected" at this stage.
At this point, exit the Network dialog and we are ready to use the device as a COM port.

if this was successful, move down to Start DecoderPro


If the the above enabling is not possible, a further check is to run the System Profiler.

For those more comfortable with the system internals, to check that the device is installed properly you can see entries in the /dev directory:
where xxxxxxxx is either the device's serial number or a location string - like "feedcode" that depends on which USB port your device is connected to.
/dev can be accessed through the Terminal application. The Terminal application can be launched by selecting Go > Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
Type the following lines in the Terminal window to produce the file list:
cd /dev

For help with any problems in this sequence, see the instructions in section 2 of the Mac OS XUSB Driver Installation Instructions or check if updated drivers are available from the SPROG II download page.

Start DecoderPro

The next step is to start DecoderPro, and set preferences for this connection.

Next an introduction to DecoderPro.

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