I have one question about the following products: foca-v2-2-ft232rl-tiny-breakout-usb-to-serial-uart sparkfun-ftdi-basic-breakout-3-3v

I bought them last year and after time without using them I tried theses days. They seemed to be broken somehow so I researched and found this link: ftdi-drivers-break-fake-chips-again

This is the problem I face. My FTDI breakouts are now completely worthless because of a windows update.

Any idea how to make them work?

I am using Windows 10, so disabling the windows updates is not a "valid" option. It can only be done by sh****-tricky registry modifications for the network.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You could unsolder the chip and replace it with an FTDI chip from somewhere like Digikey that's unlikely to have fake chips. \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ I didn't thought Itea or sparkfun could have fake chips ... \$\endgroup\$
    – blfuentes
    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not familiar with the supplier above but give it's open hardware I'm sure some end up getting them made elsewhere at the cheapest possible price. Plus even reputable places probably get stung by their contract manufacturers using fake parts to cut costs. But really best thing is probably just to complain to the place you bought it from. \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ You are right, I already sent an email to the store asking about this issue and if all their products would be "disabled" by windows update. \$\endgroup\$
    – blfuentes
    Mar 4, 2016 at 7:55
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    \$\begingroup\$ zeptobars.com/en/read/… \$\endgroup\$
    – user16222
    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:06

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If you are getting error 10 then there is plenty of solutions out there in the wild of the internets. The solution I have used with success is to uninstall the driver and then manually install older version which supports your system. Somehow windows doesn't update the driver I downloaded.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I get the "NO GENUINE DEVICE FOUND". I uninstalled the driver and installed and older version. Then I plugged it and was "well-recognized" . Sadly after 2 minutes windows decided to install again an updated and stopped working. \$\endgroup\$
    – blfuentes
    Mar 4, 2016 at 8:57
  • \$\begingroup\$ :/ or maybe it got overwritten - I didn't use the device in quite some time, instead using STM Nucleo this way \$\endgroup\$
    – jaskij
    Mar 4, 2016 at 9:03

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