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 ?