This driver allows the cortex to be connected to OSX and show up as a serial device in the same way as the programming cable. ConVEX and PROS running on OSX are now able to download code to the cortex directly. I started this thread so that the forum search function would do a better job in allowing users to find this in the future. We previously discussed the driver here.
I’ve updated the USB driver for compatibility with OSX 10.9 (Mavericks). There’s actually no change to the driver code but the kext was recompiled against the 10.8 SDK, is now code signed and placed in the new preferred location. I have tested with a clean install of the GM that was released to developers a few days ago, I have not tested on a system that was updated from a previous OS. The original driver will still work under 10.9 but the OS will complain about security and ask you contact your vendor for an updated version, this is it.
There are still three separate installers, one for 10.5, one for 10.6 through 10.8 and one for 10.9. I could have integrated them all into one but I don’t have time to check that the correct kext gets installed for each OS.
What type of Mac did you try on?
The USB connection should show up in system information even if the driver does not load. I don’t have 10.12 installed anywhere and I think most of my personal hardware is now getting too old to use it, I will see if I can setup a VM sometime over the holidays and do some tests.
@jpearman I tried on Mac Mini with OS Sierra 10.12. I have attached a snapshot of the System and Hardware Overview.
As you mentioned, the USB connection does show up the VEX board Product ID , Vendor ID and other details. However, executing the command ‘ls /dev/cu.usb*.’ in a terminal does not show the port for the VEX hardware.
Let me know if you need any other info to debug this.
I tested the driver today under 10.12.2, everything is working for me without issue. I used an older laptop that was updated to 10.12 from 10.9, it was not a clean install and the driver had never been installed on this laptop.
There is a thread on the Apple developer forums discussing USB issues, some people have had some problems after the update to Sierra with simple devices such as USB disk drives. Suggestions to fix this range from reseting the SMC chip to simply reinstalling drivers.
I have had issues with the cortex not working with some Macs and PCs in the past, one solution to this has been using a USB hub between the cortex and computer, you may want to try that and see what happens.
I have been trying a few debugging steps over the past few days but no luck on Mac Sierra with detecting VEX COM port.
I tested the hardware on Mac 10.12, 10.12.1 and 10.12.2. I tried reinstalling the driver. I used the ioreg command and tried to look at the I/O kit Registry to find something that may be causing the issue but nothing helped. I have attached a screenshot of how the console looks when I plugin the cortex. Not sure what’s going wrong. Can you please suggest what may be missing?
I did have a look into this, it’s all related to the rewrite of the USB stack that Apple released as part of OSX 10.11. Looking at your ioreg logs, I see that under 10.11 the cortex is seen as a “AppleUSBDevice” where under 10.12 (on your Mac) it’s a “IOUSBHostDevice”. When I look on my old laptop running 10.12 I see it as a “AppleUSBDevice”, why I don’t know, perhaps it’s hardware (USB 3 vs USB 2) related. Apple pretty much changed everything for USB drivers in 10.11 although kept some backwards compatibility support, lots of people have had issues. So at this stage I don’t hold much hope for this driver moving forwards, fundamentally the USB implementation in the cortex was broken and this was a bit of a hack to make it compatible, I don’t have the bandwidth (or suitable hardware that exhibits the issue) to look into this anytime soon. I rarely use the driver myself, 99% of my programming is done using the programming kit via the joystick so I don’t really have much motivation to support it.