Please note, the Inspiration is older, designed for older technology. To get a newer computer to talk to the Inspiration, additional steps may be required.
The Inspiration must be plugged into a USB 2.0 port. The Inspiration is not USB 3.0 compatible. You will want to located a USB port on your computer that is compatible. If there is not one, you can purchase a USB hub that converts the 3.0 port to 2.0 port.
If you go to make your first cut and you receive an error that the Inspiration is not detected or nothing happens you will want to follow the steps below:
If there is no advanced button you will want to install the Windows USB Driver at: http://pazzles.com/support/electronic-cutters/inspiration. At the bottom of the page, last link available is a link for Windows USB Driver. Once this is installed the Advanced tab will be available and you will need to walk through the steps again.
If you are having issues cutting, installing InVue or FTDI drivers and you have virus protection on your computer, the virus protection is likely blocking communication. While installing the FTDI drivers you will want to disable your live protection. You will also need to go into your virus protection/ firewall settings and allow both the InVue software and Inspiration to access your computer.
Make sure the print and cut button in the InVue cut control panel is not selected. This feature in the InVue software was designed for the Vue machine. The Inspiration does not have the same print and cut options as the Vue and using the Print and Cut button in the InVue Cut Control can cause communication issues with the Inspiration.