How do I install the ADB Driver?

It is not necessary to install the driver for the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) for general use of the Cruz Reader or Cruz Tablet. The ADB bridge is used by Android application developers to access the device using the Android Software Developer Kit (SDK) and other tools. If you are attempting to tether your PC for the purpose of transferring files to and from your internal or external SD card, follow these instructions.  For those users that require the ADB driver to be installed, follow the steps below.


Before beginning, be sure USB debugging is enabled (Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging). Download the driver zip file (zip Android ADB USB Driver) to your desktop. Once downloaded, right-click it and extract the files to your desktop.


If you have already tethered your device to your PC, in your Windows Device Manager (see image below), your Cruz Reader's debugging device will detect as "S3C6410 Android ADB" under the Other Devices hardware type. You can open the Windows Device Manager by clicking Start (XP users next click Run) and then type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter. For the purposes of this article, the examples given will be for the Cruz Reader R100 series. Note that if you are connecting your Cruz Tablet rather than the Cruz Reader, the detected debugging device will normally appear under 'Other devices' as a 'USB Mass Storage' device or may appear as 'Unknown device' depending on the model tablet.


We want to start from scratch so right-click on "S3C6410 Android ADB" and click Uninstall. Once uninstalled, click 'Action' on the toolbar menu, then click 'Scan for hardware changes'. This will force redetection of the ADB device. If you have never tethered your Cruz to your PC, now is the time to connect it. The 'Found New Hardware' alert similar to the one below will appear.


Choose 'Locate and Install driver software'. You will see the wizard search.


The wizard will alert you to insert the disc that came with your device. Select 'I don't have the disc. Show me other options'.


When prompted, click the 'Browse' button, navigate to your Windows Desktop to the folder that contains the extracted ADB USB driver.


You only need to select the folder that contains the extracted driver, and click OK/Open. Then click next


Since the driver is not digitally signed, Windows Security will alert you to this fact. Select 'Install this driver software anyway'.


Successful installation is reported next.


Upon closing, you may have another notification that the ADB bridge is ready to use. 


Once complete, the ADB bridge will appear in the Device Manager at the top under the listing 'Android Phone'.


As a side note, not pertaining to ADB at all, the USB Mass Storage devices in the Reader (2 devices) or the Tablet (1 device) will appear under the 'Disk drives' category as a 'Android UMS Composite USB Device'.