I have installed a million of drivers in my life starting with Windows 3.1 up to today.
When you read the following please keep in mind that you are not reading a post from a dummy computer beginner!
I’m working with FEZ Domino since two months now.
All is quite fine except the driver installation which is a real nightmare.
And yes: I loaded the firmware into the FEZ that was on the homepage when I stated using it.
But it did not solve the severe problems that I still have.
First I installed the drivers from the FEZ homepage (EXE) which are incomplete.
You have to download additionally the CDC driver (ZIP).
Why isn’t it inlcuded ?
But even after downloading it separately it will not install.
Windows is telling you that it is the wrong driver when the MODE jumper is closed.
This is no wonder because the USB device ID in the driver’s INF file does not correspond with the USB ID sent from FEZ Domino.
Here are the USB device ID’s that are sent from FEZ Domino running firmware 4.1.5:
‘MODE’ Jumper closed: (COM1 debugging with RS232 Shield)
‘MODE’ Jumper open: (USB debugging)
As you see, depending on the MODE jumper, the FEZ Domino may use 5 different USB device ID’s.
The driver installer is incomplete.
It does not install these 5 devices.
And the additional CDC driver ZIP file also does not contain the device ID for RS232 debugging: F001 which I intended to use.
There is something completely messed up with the device ID’s / driver files.
For all those who have the same problem as I have, I manually corrected the INF files and created a ZIP package that contains all 5 drivers.
You can download it here:
I tested these drivers on different computers.
They represent the 5 USB devices in FEZ Domino running Firmware 4.1.5.
These drivers work without any problem on XP SP3 and Windows 7.
So please download my package if you have any driver problems!
But now comes the REAL nightmare:
After fixing the INF files and getting it to run on my first computer I wanted to install it on another computer but there was no way.
I ended up investigating the installation on 10 different computers / partitions.
I used computers at work, of my girlfriend etc…
Here comes the result of several weeks of driver nightmare:
Windows XP Service Pack 2: (32 Bit)
There is absolutely no chance to get any of the drivers working.
I tried it several times and serveral ways.
No chance at all!
They don’t even appear in Control panel.
Windows XP Service Pack 3: (32 Bit)
All 5 drivers work excellent without ever seeing any problem on any computer with SP 3.
Windows 2003 Service Pack 1: (32 Bit)
Some drivers work, others not.
I have to use the “CDC for Serial Debug” driver because the “CDC for USB Debug” does not work at all.
This appears in control panel with a yellow exclamation mark saying “The device is not working properly”.
(Ohh man, how I love these meaningless error messages!)
Windows Vista with or without Service Pack 1 (32 Bit)
There is absolutely !no! way to get it running.
Windows Vista detects a new USB device and installs the driver telling me the driver was installed successfully, but in control panel there is the exclamation mark but no VCOM port.
The behaviour is extremely strange on Vista. It takes very long resulting in either an error message or an endless loop.
Windows 7 (64 Bit)
All works fine on Windows 7.
No problems at all.
Note that I invested many many days in trying to install the drivers on several computers.
I’m not a computer beginner.
Please keep that in mind before answering!