The HMD Exerciser Kit- A Test Kit for VR HMDs

Authored by Matthew Hartman [MSFT]  To support the wave of VR HMDs coming to market, Microsoft has developed the HMD Exerciser Kit. This kit is based on the MUTT ConnEx platform and is specifically tailored for HMD testing.      The HMD Exerciser Kit provides  USB Plug/Unplug/Multiplexing  HDMI Plug/Unplug/Multiplexing  IR User Presence Detection Spoofing  Independent…

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Reading Driver Logs in USB Type-C HLK Tests

Authored by Philip Froese [MSFT] Newly added in the RS3 preview builds of the HLK, the USB Type-C HLK tests for UCM and UCSI will automatically capture debug traces from the relevant driver(s) during the test. Note: if you are used to manually capturing the driver traces, that method should no longer be used during…

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Using UsbCApiCmd for basic USB Type-C validation

Authored by Michelle Bergeron [MSFT] UsbCApiCmd is a simple tool that you can use for basic validation of your Type-C implementation on Windows. Who can use UsbCApiCmd? UsbCApiCmd is applicable only to USB Type-C Connectors which use Microsoft’s USB Type-C Stack, the USB Connector Manager. UcmCx.sys needs to be loaded and running on the system. The tool is not applicable to systems which…

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Setting up an environment to run USB Type-C system HLK tests

Authored by Michelle Bergeron [MSFT] and Makarand Sonare [MSFT] [Last updated 10/3/2017] There are new tests in the Hardware Lab Kit (HLK) that target systems with USB Type-C. These tests are available for the Windows Anniversary Update version of HLK and Windows 10. Some of the tests require extra configuration – here is a guide to…

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Do I need to write a driver for my USB Type-C hardware? 

Authored by Michelle Bergeron [MSFT] Windows 10 introduced support for the USB Type-C connector. With many USB Type-C systems and devices hitting the market, the USB team is frequently asked: “If I’m building a USB peripheral device or system with a Type-C connector, do I need to write a custom driver for it to work…

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Filing USB feedback with Repro Mode in Windows 10

Authored by  Michelle Vogel [MSFT] Feedback from users is one of the many ways the USB team identifies and prioritizes issues and fixes. However, not all feedback is actionable; many times, we need detailed logs to understand what is causing and issue and sometimes which component the issue is even in. For example, you might…

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What is new with Serial in Windows 10

Authored by George Roussos [MSFT] The Serial Communication protocol is everywhere; it is broadly available, easy to learn, and low cost.   It is used across many different transports: typically over USB, in cases over Bluetooth and even over TCP/IP.   Many people are familiar with COM ports and programs that read data from and/or write data to them….

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USB tests in the Windows 10 Hardware Lab Kit (HLK)

The purpose of this blog post is to provide a resource with solutions to common problems encountered in the USB tests within the Windows 10 Hardware Lab Kit (HLK). This blog will be categorized into the following areas: “Recent/Upcoming Fixes”, “Known Issues” and “Common Questions.” As you run these tests, please continue to provide feedback!…

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New in Windows 10: USB Dual Role on Mobile

Authored by Andrea Keating [MSFT] Have you ever wanted to watch the video that was sitting on your flash drive when all you have is your phone? What about editing a Microsoft Word document from your phone with the comforts of a “real” keyboard and mouse? Are you a developer who wants to make USB…

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New in Windows 10: USB Dual Role, Type-C, SuperSpeedPlus, and much more…

Authored by Fred Bhesania [MSFT] Hi everyone! The USB team is excited to share new features for Windows 10 on our USB Blog site! It’s been a bit silent here while we have been busy working on Windows 10. However you should rest assured that this blog is not forgotten and we will start a…

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