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TI's MSP430 Tools and Mac OS X

Hi,

I would like to gather your experience and feedback when it comes to running TI's MSP430 Windows-only development tools on the Mac. What works well? What doesn't? While there should be no problems using Boot Camp, from my own experience I can say that there can be issues when using a virtualization environment running Windows as the guest OS, mostly due to what seems like USB compatibility issues.

Based on your feedback I would like to extend the below Wiki page:

http://wiki.msp430.com/index.php/Category:Mac_OS_X_Support_-_MSP430

When providing inputs, please include information such as VM name/version, host OS version, guest OS name/version, etc.

Thanks,
Andreas

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  • Hi Andreas,

    I'm using a Mac for code develpment (OS X 10.5). Using Boot Camp is as using a Windows PC, so there are no problems I discovered so far (XP Prof SP3, IAR and CCE V3.1; MSP-FET430UIF, eZ430-F2013 and eZ430-RF2500 all work without problems; I have installed CCS V4.0 too, but here I have some problems with variable window; MSP-FET430UIF and eZ430-RF2500 work fine too).

    I've tested Parallels 3.0 which didn't work (IAR toolchain). I will update to OS X 10.6 (hopefully this week) and prior do some testing with VMware Fusion and Parallels 4.0. I will try to use the Boot Camp installation because I need a native Windows for some other reasons.

    I intend testing Virtual Box (with it own Windows installation since Virtual Box can't use the Boot Camp partition) too. Hopefully I will have the time to do so.

    Keep you posted, rgds
    aBUGSworstnightmare 

  • In reply to aBUGSworstnightmare:

    Hi aBUGSworstnightmare,

     

    thanks for your time putting this feedback together, this is exactly what we need. Btw, I've tested the latest version of VirtualBox together with Win XP SP3 / IAR / MSP-FET430UIF, but during all my testing I could get it to download/debug only twice, despite several re-boot and re-start attempts. All other attempts resulted in a "Target Not Found Error". When it was working it worked very well; however I've been unable to pinpoint the reason for this intermittent behavior.

     

    Regards,

    Andreas

  • In reply to Andreas Dannenberg:

    Hi Andreas (are you a German guy?),

    well, bad news on my Virtual Box testing! Same result as yours!

    Just finished (in better words aborted) the VirtualBox3.0.4 testings which only led to unsatisfying results. Here the details:

    Host O.S.: MAC OS X 10.5.8
    Virtual Machine: VirtualBox V3.0.4 (with guest additions installed)
    Guest OS: Win XP SP3
    IDE: IAR 

    I was unable the get one of my USB tools running! --> test aborted after several attempts!
    Rgds
    aBUGSworstnightmare

    P.S. Parallels 4.0 is next! 

    P.S.S. I have a good knowlage in using Virtual Machines on Windows/Linux and OS X; but I have no idea what the problem with VirtualBox is.

  • In reply to aBUGSworstnightmare:

    Hi aBUGSworstnightmare,

    thanks for the additional feedback. Which of the USB tools did you try? UIF? ez430-F2013? ez430-RF2500?

    Also, do you think the issues are potentially driver related (Can the driver be installed and does it show up in the device manager properly?) or IDE related (What fails? IDE startup? Build? Debug?)? I know it might not be easy to determine who is at fault, since the fact that the driver installs smoothly and shows up in the device manager doesn't mean it can actually be used...

    Thanks,
    Andreas

  • In reply to Andreas Dannenberg:

    Hi andre,

    I've tried ez430-F2013 and ez430-RF2500 but both tools were not recognized by the new hardware wizard --> driver could not be installed. So, the problem I was facing was not related to the TI tools (HW or SW) hence - from my point of view - it is related to VirtualBox USB device handling.

    aBGUGSworstnightmare

  • In reply to aBUGSworstnightmare:

    Hi andre,

    just finished testing of VMware Fusion 2.0.5; pls fin the details below:

    Host OS: MAC OS X 10.5.8

    Guest OS: Windows XP SP3

    Virtual Machine: VMware Fusion 2.0.5 (173382)

    IDE Version: CCE v3.1 Build: 3.2.4.3.8

    Tested Hardware Tools: eZ430-F2013, eZ430-RF2500 and MSP-FET430UIF

    Results: All Hardware and software tool(s) work perfect! Tested compile/download/single step/run to line/run/variable view/memory view,  .. Test were made with existing and new projects.

    Rgds
    aBUGSworstnightmare

  • In reply to aBUGSworstnightmare:

    hey bugs,  that's awesome!  would you mind adding your results to the wiki?

  • In reply to aBUGSworstnightmare:

    Thanks for the feedback, I updated the Wiki page.

     

    aBUGSworstnightmare
    I've tried ez430-F2013 and ez430-RF2500 but both tools were not recognized by the new hardware wizard --> driver could not be installed.

    When I did some tests, the devices were recognized, and I could install the drivers. Did you use the VirtualBox full version? I'm asking because there is another version (Open Source Edition), but this one lacks USB support. Do other USB devices work in your VirtualBox VM? Or I wonder if the differences may have something to do with the HW setup as well (What type of Mac is used, how does the USB tree look like...).

    Thanks,
    Andreas

  • In reply to Andreas Dannenberg:

    Hello!

    Just my 2 yen contribution:

    I have successfully run CCE and IAR on MacIntosh via VMWare.

    Bootcamp is fine, but it's good to use both systems in parallel.

    There is a full (lengthy) report of what I did a few months ago, and I am working

    with the same environment now. The pictures don't show CCE but IAR.

    http://passworld.co.jp/ForumMSP430/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=154&p=357#p357

    Pascal

  • In reply to Pascal4275:

    Hi Pascal,

    good to hear from you again! Thanks for posting the link, lots of valuable information there! Seems like VMware is a good way to go - at least for now.

    Regards,
    Andreas