[TriEmbed] OSX 10.11 FTDI driver issues

Alex Davis alexd at matrixwide.com
Wed Apr 13 16:52:59 CDT 2016


When I get home tonight I'll see if it still works under 'screen' as a
serial console.
 
I can't remember if it got used on a windows system or unix system last.
 
 
On Wed, Apr 13, 2016, at 05:45 PM, Rodney Radford wrote:
> Yes... they did back out the change that bricked the hardware, but if
> the hardware was used with the old driver, it does not un-brick when
> used with a new driver.  They actually changed the vendor ID in the
> chip so no driver can find it again (even under Linux).  So once
> brick'ed it stays brick'ed unless you can reprogram the vender ID.
>
> The latest Windows change is to send a garbage string from the driver
> back to the app, so not brick'ed, but also not usable. The advantage
> of this system is that switching drivers or OS's does restore the
> functionality again (ie: not permanent changes to the device).
>
>
>
> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 5:35 PM, <jonjwolfe at anibit.com> wrote:
>> FTDI quickly backpeddled on their counterfeit-bricking drivers from 2
>> years, but apparently there is a new FTDIgate v2 a couple months ago
>> that I missed:
>>
>> http://hackaday.com/2016/02/01/ftdi-drivers-break-fake-chips-again/
>>
>>  This one doesn't brick the hardware per se, but will make it
>>  potentially unusable with the latest drivers. It doesn't affect
>>  Linux because the drivers are open-source, I don't know about OSX.
>>
>>
>>
>>  On 2016-04-13 15:10, Rodney Radford via TriEmbed wrote:
>>> Could you be a victim of FTDI-gate?
>>>
>>>  If the answer to both of these questions is yes:
>>>  * Have you ever used this FTDI adapter on a Windows box?
>>>  * Is it possible you have an FTDI clone?
>>>
>>> http://www.zdnet.com/article/ftdi-admits-to-bricking-innocent-users-chips-in-silent-update/
>>>  [3]
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 2:53 PM, Alex Davis via TriEmbed
>>>  <triembed at triembed.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Anyone run OSX 10.11 and use an FTDI with an Arduino-type board? I
>>>>  had
>>>>  repaired some broken HT1632-based LED displays with a new driver
>>>>  chip
>>>>  and wanted to test them, and the nearest thing at hand was an AVR
>>>>  1284P
>>>>  "mighty mini" board, which needs an FTDI to program it.
>>>>
>>>>  I hadn't used that since last year, and I've gone through a few
>>>>  Arduino
>>>>  verions since, so I had to go through the routine of updating my
>>>>  "hardware" directory with a version which works with 1.6.7.
>>>>
>>>>  My issue is when I try to program via the FTDI, something goes
>>>>  wrong,
>>>>  which then causes OSX to dump the driver, which makes the entry in
>>>>  /dev/
>>>>  disappear. This is apparently due to a bug in the FTDI-supplied
>>>>  driver,
>>>>  and supposedly the solution is to use a utility to delete the kext
>>>>  for
>>>>  it.
>>>>
>>>>  Anyone gone through this successfully? I'm not SOL at the moment,
>>>>  as I
>>>>  can use my AVRISP MKII to program it directly through the ICSP
>>>>  connector, but I do have other boards which lack that and need the
>>>>  FTDI.
>>>>
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