Wild Thumper Dagu Controller not recognized on Ubuntu raring

My Dagu controller https://www.sparkfun.com/products/retired/11057 sits inside a 6 Wheeled Wild Thumper and is powered by Ni Mh batteries. It’s connected to a laptop running Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring), where it’s not getting recognized as a device by neither the OS nor by the Arduino IDE.

This is what I did on my laptop: I installed the 1.0.3 Arduino that comes from apt-get, and found that arduino de-highlights the Serial port option. When I upload any script whatsoever, it complains that the port COM1 isn’t found, and asks me to set the Serial Port in the IDE. Of course, since this option isn’t highlighted I can’t do this. The output from lsusb and dmesg|tail are shown at http://pastebin.com/xzxHpqcr; they indicate that Linux itself is unable to find the device. I suspect it’s some issue with installing the ftdi drivers?

Here are my debugging steps:

  1. I’ve checked that the controller is powered on , as its LED glows.
  2. https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/how-to-install-ftdi-drivers/all This page tells me that the FTDI drivers come by default with arduino on ubuntu. But since this didn’t work, I tried installing them manually from here http://www.ftdichip.com/FTDrivers.htm. No luck.
  3. I disconnected the Wild Thumper and put an Arduino Mega in its place at the same usb port. This works beautifully without problems.

What am I missing here ?


We do not manufacture or sell that controller, so we are not very familiar with using it. However, someone else on our forum might know more about it.


Having the exact same problem.
@draco, did you find a solution?

What does “lsusb” say?
What does “tail /var/log/messages” say when you hook it up?
Or, if you’re using systemd, what does “journalctl -b” say at the end after you’ve hooked it up?
Or you can use udevadm to monitor the udev when plugging it in, to see if there’s a permission problem. If so, you need to add a udev rule to set the mode of the device to 0666, or add your user or group to the device.