USB-PTS Installation and Use Guide
This document describes how to install and use the latest
control programs and drivers for your USB-PTS device.
This section describes the installation procedure for Windows machines.
These drivers can be used with Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP. The
instructions and screenshots described below are for Windows XP,
however the procedure is virtually identical for other versions of
Installing the drivers
1. If you have not already done so, download the latest bundle of
drivers and software from http://www.spincore.com/CD/USB-PTS/USB-PTS.zip
and unzip this file to a location on your computer. Please keep
of this location, as you will need it in Step 5. The location
used in this example is "C:\USB-PTS\".
2. Connect your USB-PTS device to the computer with a USB cable.
3. The "Found New
Hardware" wizard will then launch and state that it has detected new
hardware. You do not need to
search online for drivers. Choose "No, not this time", and click
In the next step, the wizard should detect the USB-PTS device. The
device name will show up as "USB-PTS". Choose "Install from a list or
specific location", and click "Next"
**NOTE** For some revisions of the board, the device may show up as
FTDI FT8U2XX Device. In this case replace USB-PTS device with FTDI
FT8U2XX Device for the remainder of the instructions.
6. Windows will then install the drivers for the device. This may take
a few minutes. During this process, a window may appear pertaining to
Windows Logo testing. You may safely choose to "Continue Anyway".
5. Choose "Search for the
best driver in these locations". Make sure that the "Include this
location in the search:" is enabled and then enter the location that
you unzipped the files to in Step 1 by either typing it or clicking
"Browse". Click "Next".
7. A window will appear to indicate that the driver installation has
finished. If Windows asks you to reboot your computer, please do so.
8. After installation has finished, you can check to make sure the
has been installed properly by looking in the Device Manager (instructions). Your
SpinCore product will be listed under the Universal Serial Bus
category. This step is optional.
Controlling your PTS device
Once you have connected the USB-PTS device to your computer and
installed the drivers, you are ready to begin controlling your PTS
synthesizer. First, connect the USB-PTS device (with USB cable
still attached) to the 50-pin port on the back of your PTS device
"Remote Control". Next, go to the windows command line and move
to the directory in which you saved the software and drivers. The
control program will be in the folder entitled "FS".
Once you have switched to the "FS" folder, you can now call the control
program. For the PTS160 and PTS250 simply type "FS160" or "FS250"
followed by a space and then the deisred
frequency in MHz. For the PTS300, type "FS300" followed by the
desired frequency and then phase shift.
It is not necessary for you to include a decimal point in your input if
you do not wish to. For example, "34" will be interpreted as
How do I access the
On Windows XP:
1. Click the Start Menu and choose Control Panel
2. Click the System Icon. (If you don't see a System icon, you may need
to click the "Performance and Maintenance" icon first)
3. In the window that appears, click the "Hardware" tab and then choose
On Windows 98:
1. Click the Start Menu, choose settings, and then choose Control Panel
2. Click the System Icon
3. In the window that appears, click the "Device Manager" tab
For other versions of Windows, the procedure should be similar if not
Please refer to the
PTS-USB for Mac OSX document submitted by Tom Pratum from Western
Please note that this document was generously submitted by one of our
customers and has not been verified by SpinCore Technologies.
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