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MPIDE serial port

Created Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:03:55 +0000 by delowar


Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:03:55 +0000


MX7 Pro development board with WIN 7 laptop using MPIDE 0023. The serial port grayed out in GUI. Cannot download program to board. Tried many things. Please help ASAP with clear instruction. Thanks Regards


Thu, 30 Jul 2015 02:01:13 +0000


Have you installed the FTDI drivers? The MX7 Pro board (I believe) needs FTDI drivers to show up a an available COM port. [url][/url]



Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:45:30 +0000

Thank you Brian. I thought you have to use "Arduino UNO" inf .I will try . Regards Delowar


Sat, 01 Aug 2015 16:53:30 +0000

The first Arduino UNOs uses the FTDI chip, which yes would use the same driver as the chipKIT boards.

However the newer UNOs have their own Atmel microcontroller acting as a USB -> UART bridge which means they now require their own special CDC/ACM drivers instead which are very different from the FTDI drivers the chipKIT boards need.


Sat, 01 Aug 2015 18:41:14 +0000

Thank you so much Brian. It is working now. I appreciate that. I wonder how ChipKit did not provide this driver! Please see attached image of the drivers they provided and I tried FTDI folder, but no use. Thanks again. Regards Delowar, NY, USA [attachment=0]drivers.png[/attachment]


Sun, 02 Aug 2015 17:28:32 +0000


The FTDI drivers are included with MPIDE - inside that FTDI folder that you screenshot.

You can either wait until Windows says "hey, I don't recognize this device, help me find some drivers" and then point it to that directory, or you can install them yourself beforehand by right-clicking on the FTDIBUS.INF file and click "Install", and do the same on the "FTDIPORT.INF" file.

Of course, downloading and installing the FTDI drivers right from FTDI's site is also a good option. :-)



Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:43:49 +0000

Thank you Brian. Regards Delowar


Wed, 05 Aug 2015 01:53:55 +0000


I was wondering Pmods peripherals comes with cables A and B. Does it refers to Rev? Thanks Regards Delowar