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FTDI Drivers

Post by Bill » Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:53 am

According to Bruce Simpson in His Aardvark blog:
http://www.aardvark.co.nz/daily/2014/10 ... l#continue
New FTDI drivers have been made to erase the PID (product identification or product id) number of devices using cloned FTDI chips.
This could have serious consequences for those people using USB devices for programming their 9x's
It may also apply to the Taranis (which has an inbuilt USB) Bricking the interface, I am not familiar with the drivers used on the Taranis, but a lot of cloned USB programmers use FTDI drivers because they actually come with windows and its a convenient piece of bridging software.
So don't update your FTDI drivers if you have them.
Anyone who knows what the consequences will be please comment.
PS. What does the 9XR use?
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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by Kilrah » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:19 am

Neither the 9x tools nor the Taranis use anything related to FTDI.

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by kalle123 » Thu Oct 23, 2014 9:26 am

Bill, thanx for posting that.

Did not know until now.

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by KAL » Thu Oct 23, 2014 10:36 am

Sound files of Megasound9x board can be updated via FTDI USB to serial.

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by jhsa » Thu Oct 23, 2014 12:41 pm

Just checked both my FTDI adapters.. Both work. My PC with win7 had a major update a few days ago, so I had to test.. ;)
How can I prevent this driver from being updated in the future?

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by kalle123 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 6:49 am

João, on the fake chips, the product ID is changed from 6001 to 0000.

You can change it back with the FT Prog tool.

Both my FTDI adapters here are genuine, so no problem with me. ;)

For further reading http://www.heise.de/hardware-hacks/meld ... 30780.html

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by jhsa » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:08 am

And then does it stay unchanged or will it reset the ID when connected again?

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by KAL » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:18 am

As far as I understood, you have to use the previous drivers.
The updated drivers do reset this ID again.

Switching to an old driver in Windows is another challenge :mrgreen:

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by kalle123 » Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:36 am

Two weeks ago we had a problem with those fake FTDI chips here.

http://fpv-community.de/showthread.php? ... post694336

But as I don't have one of those "FTDI" adapters here, I can not verify. But it seems to work 8-)

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by Bill » Fri Oct 24, 2014 8:30 am

This is the link to the windows Utility get it before they change it!
http://www.ftdichip.com/Support/Utiliti ... .8.2.0.zip
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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by kalle123 » Mon Jan 05, 2015 3:01 pm

Just got a 3DR Radio 433 MHz on my desk here from China.

No issue doing a short loop back test with that equipment under linux, but windows :roll:

One hour messing around with several "old" ftdi drivers.

This http://www.arexx.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2619 finally did it.

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by jhsa » Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:08 pm

Hey guys, this must be old news but it seems that FTDI could be out of business soon. You can buy now really cheap arduino boards that don't rely on the FTDI chip/drivers anymore. It seems that the chinese overcame that problem by producing another chip that uses other drivers. The CH340G. And it seems to work well. I bought a couple of these arduino nano boards that come with this TTL adapter chip

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-mini-USB-Nano ... 2a47b0e850

So no more fake chips scare anymore.. just get stuff with this new chip.. ;) :) and it is cheaper :D

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Re: FTDI Drivers

Post by kalle123 » Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:58 pm

CH340G Drivers MAC, Linux and Win - > http://www.5v.ru/ch340g.htm

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Re: Sv: FTDI Drivers

Post by dvogonen » Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:04 am

The new arduino nano boards can actually be had for considerably less:
http://m.ebay.com/itm/371215911158
That price is only marginally higher than the price for the Arduino Pro Mini, which has the same processor but without the USB interface contact and circuits. Amazing.

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