On Christmas morning I had a very happy teenage daughter, and we gleefully spent hours building the robot arm from the excellent
instructions. However, when she went to install the software on her laptop (Windows 8.1 -- I know, I know!) things hit a bit of a sticky patch...
(I suspect that the recent price drop is probably connected to Maplin's recent "Windows XP only" disclaimer on the product. However, muggins here had already purchased it back in September.)
After a few hours of trawling the web I got the thing working fine. Thought I'd share this info with anyone else who's struggling with the same issue.Getting the Maplin Robot Arm with USB (OWI-535) to work with Windows 8 x64
Maplin sets sold in late 2013 appear to include 64-bit (x64) drivers on the enclosed installation CD. Otherwise, you can download them from manufacturer OWI directly. (Unfortunately due to board rules I can't post the direct link, but a quick search for "OWI downloads" will yield the website.)
By the way, for Windows 8 installation you can use the Windows 7 drivers but must DISABLE "driver signature verification"
. Microsoft have made this unimaginably awkward.
- Bring up the Charms bar (mouse bottom right of screen) & select Settings
- Change PC Settings
- Update & recovery
- Advanced startup -- restart now
- After restart, choose Troubleshoot
- Advanced Options
- Startup settings
- After restart, choose "7" Disable driver signature enforcement
- You should now be able to install the robot arm driver without problem.
(For a screen-by-screen guide, search for "disable windows 8 driver signature verification".)Many thanks to Lewis Benge whose website proved invaluable in solving this problem.