Chrome Remote Debugging Nexus 7 on Windows 8

After running into issues with the instructions on the official Google page for Remote Debugging, I had to do some sleuthing to figure out how to make Windows 8 run remote debugging of my Nexus 7.

The trick (as usual) is drivers. If you’re running the “adb devices” command and coming up with no devices, or perhaps you’re running the full “adb forward tcp:9222 localabstract:chrome_devtools_remote” and getting “Device not found”, even after typing in “adb kill-server” … then you’re in the right place.

  1. Plug in your Nexus 7 and follow the instructions on the official Google page for Remote Debugging. Basically download and extract the Android SDK, set up your device for USB debugging, and set up Chrome for web debugging
  2. In Windows 8, right click in the bottom left side of the screen (where the “Start” button used to be). Click “Device Manager”.
  3. You should see a Nexus driver with a warning triangle like this nexusdriver
  4. Click “Update Driver”, and select “Browse my computer for driver software”.
  5. Find the folder where you installed the Android SDK and choose the folder: /sdk/extras/google/usb_driver. Make sure you keep “Include subfolders” checked.
  6. Your drivers should be successfully installed
  7. Now go to command line and run “adb kill-server” followed by “adb devices” and you should see your Nexus like so:Untitled

Hope that helps you along. Happy debugging,



Internet Explorer 9 Download Problems with Chrome

It turns out that my previous download troubles with IE9 were as a result of using the Google Chrome browser. When I view the site and try to download IE9 in Chrome I get an error message saying that my operating system is not supported. Viewing the site in any other browser (IE8 shown below, but Safari and Firefox work as well) then you get the proper download screen. Maybe this is an ActiveX thing that Chrome is blocking? Maybe it’s one of my Chrome extensions (I don’t use Adblock)? Anyone else have these problems?