Category: Software

USB to serial (TTL/RS232) converter comparison

There are many integrated circuit products available for the USB to serial (TTL or RS232) conversion on the market. Serial communication protocols like RS232, RS485, RS422, USART, UART, LIN are still commonly used in industrial and commercial applications where only

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ESP8266 update firmware to change the baudrate

So today I figured I could update firmware on my ESP8266 to make it useful for work with the arduino uno. The problem with the original firmware is that the serial port baudrate is fixed at 115200 which is way

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Fixing the FTDI drivers – prevent auto updates

There is also an older post on this thematic in my blog, which describes the problem, but not so much the fix. Ok, this is basically very similiar to the Prolific driver fix. It makes the system think that the

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Changing FTDI PID

There is a big fuss about the new FTDI driver which damaged many counterfeit FTDI chips (well, it actually changed their internal configuration rendering them useless to most people). This didn’t hurt the producer of the counterfeit chips, however made

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Install arduino driver on Windows 8

Lol, actually Arduino beat me in releasing a properly signed driver before I published this article. I tested it and it works like a charm – no workarounds needed, just download the latest Arduino IDE release and install the  included

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Install USBASP programmer on Windows 8

I have the following programmer (a chinese clone actually, however it is equivalent): http://www.fischl.de/usbasp/   I have happily used it on my older WinXP computer, but as that computer has been retired I came across a problem of installing it

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Prevent Windows 8 from automatically updating a driver

Mostly it is ok to let Windows decide when to update a driver, but sometimes you may want to keep the old driver for some device. This is the case if new driver causes system instability or if the new

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Installing PL2303 HXA driver on Windows 8

PL2303 HXA USB to serial converters are discontinued by the producer. They have also made the latest driver block the old chips. This is OK if you want to use new hardware, but there may also be some devices that

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