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    My DUO arrived today

    Jack, I just got home and tried the new board. It works perfectly without any troubles. Will ship back the other one tomorrow. Must have something to do with the FTDI chip for all I can tell. Anyway, thanks for your help with troubleshooting. I will start on some of the other tutorials now that I can make it past hello world. Looks tike this board will be a lot of fun. Ross
  2. Ross

    My DUO arrived today

    Interestingly no. The led did flash however possibly indicating that a sketch was put on the FPGA. Also the testplan did load the bootloader onto the AVR chip so after running it I was able to put the sketch onto the avr chip and the serial communication did work from the avr. Since I am currently out of town and I took the board with me, there will be some delay before I can return it. Thanks for your help and I hope the new board will just work from the start. Ross
  3. Ross

    My DUO arrived today

    Jack, so I ran the testplan. It did solve the 2 ports problem, now I only see 1. However the sketch still wont upload to the zpuino with the same message as before (see attached)
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    My DUO arrived today

    Jack, that seems to make a lot more sense to be that it was something on the board to do with the FTDI. I will test this and send you a screen shot of the device manager when I have a chance. I was wondering if it was ever considered to follow the arduino example and go to the Atmel atmega 16U2 or similar chip for usb communications. Seems to work really well for them and a big improvement over the FTDI boards. Ross
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    My DUO arrived today

    Just tried it on an older XP system with no prior FTDI drivers--exactly the same error message. I think either there is a problem with the way your windows installer is working, not to mention how Windows complains about installing drivers without a Windows certification or its a hardware problem on the board. Also, I don't know whether this is relevant but in the DesignLab 1.0.4 preference it lists the Linux ISE location: I would assume that if I could ever just get past getting an LED to Blink and Hello World being sent over a serial connection, I might have issues when I got to trying to use projects that invoke Xilinx ISE. If I had a linux box to use I might be able test the hardware in a different software environment, but alas I do not have one. I could send you the board to test under Windows (and also test the installation of DesignLab from the web following the exact instructions you give in the video), unless there are other things I can try that don't involve uninstalling other things on my system. Ross
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    My DUO arrived today

    I am not sure I really want to do 1). I have other boards I use on the system that work fine and play well with each other and I would rather not risk breaking things. I did try 2) the bit file succesfully loaded but I didnt get anything back at either 9600 or 115200. Should I be getting 2 COM ports when I only plug in just the mini B cable? I do have an old XP systems that should have any FTDI drivers installed. I will see if that works. I get the feeling most of the development has been done on Linux which I believe has build in support for FDDI Ross
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    My DUO arrived today

    Mine arrived too. Unfortunately dead on arrival. I just received a new Papilio Duo 2Meg version. I was trying to get the hello world example to work. After I put in the #define circuit zpuino_vanilla and view circuit I get see the same circuit as the video. When I load the circuit I get was seems like the appropriate message that it loaded correctly. The sketch compiles properly but when I do the upload I get this message: Cannot get programmer version, aborting Could not contact ZPUino embedded programmer.The more common reasons for this are: a) You are not specifying the correct port. The port currently selected is 'COM11' The board FPGA is not programmed with a valid ZPUino bitfile.c) The board is properly not powered. Please review all of above, if problem persists please contact support. I am using windows 7. When I plug in the usb mini to the board I see two com ports in the device manager COM 9 and COM 10. I have selected by board and tried uploading from either of these ports with the same result. Also when I try to use the AVR I (with the user switch up) I can see the Atmel driver in the device manager but the AVR does not show up as one of the COM ports. I also tried a windows xp system with the same result. Unfortunately I don't have a linux system to try in on. I will probably return it Ross Fisher