Re: KX3 and utility


Kent AA6P
 

Larry,

The FTDI website has an Application Note for Windows 7 with all kinds of helpful information including troubleshooting. That application note should apply to Windows 10 as well. Look for AN_119.

Note that there are separate sections on the website for Application Notes and Installation Guides. The Installation Guide for Windows 10 is AN_396.

https://ftdichip.com/document/application-notes/

https://ftdichip.com/document/installation-guides/

It looks like there are three ways to install the driver. Ideally, Windows does the installation automatically. If a manual installation is required, it involves two separate driver installations. Those include the Bus Layer and the Virtual COM Port Layer.

Lastly, FTDI provides a setup.exe file that combines both driver installations. Look for the setup executable on the righthand side of the driver web page.

https://ftdichip.com/drivers/vcp-drivers/

Note that the Device Manager can be configured to show non-present devices and hidden devices. That is covered in AN_119.

There is a lot of information online about the FTDI FT232R chip as it is also used in Raspberry Pi and Arduino systems. If you choose to delete any existing drivers followed by a clean installation, I saw a recommendation to delete all existing FTDI files in the DriverStore FileRepository. Those files would be stored in C:\Windows\System32\DriverStore\FileRepository.

73, Kent
AA6P

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