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About Dual-USB and USB device Driver files (IMPORTANT!!  Please read this first)

 Two different versions of the driver files are supplied by Atari8Warez:

  • Atari8Warez Custom drivers (drivers marked A8W) are used for devices pre-programmed with Atari8Warez custom product-ID (PID) and manufacturer name. The PC OS will not automatically install drivers for these devices, so supplied driver files must be downloaded from here or from supplied DVD and the drivers must be installed manually. (All Dual-USB and USB devices intended for use under Windows and Linux fall into this category). Windows 8/10 users please take note that you will need to enable Unsigned Driver Installation before installing A8W drivers.

    You may ask why I customize the device EEPROM? There are several reasons for that. First, I registered my product ID (PID) with FTDI and need to use that particular PID, secondly, I want the device to present itself to the OS as the SIO2PC or SIO2PC/10502PC device, not as a USB-to-Serial Converter, thirdly custom drivers are modified for the best possible performance with AspeQt, and finally, in the future, I will have software other than AspeQt that will only work with SIO2PCs purchased from Atari8Warez which are programmed a in a certain way. All this requires customization and modifying certain EEPROM values requires the use of custom drivers as the original FTDI driver files will not work.
  • FTDI default drivers (drivers marked FTDI) are used for devices not customized by Atari8Warez Product Id. Those devices have the default FTDI PID/VID, and "FTDI" as the manufacturer name. The PC OS may find and install the drivers automatically, in case automatic install is not available you would need the download the driver files marked (FTDI) and install them manually. Devices intended for use under Mac OS/X fall into this category.

    You may ask why I don't customize devices intended for OS/X. The answer is simple, I have no clue on how OS/X works, and I have no plans to write software for that platform. There is no animosity whatsoever towards OS/X on my part, it's just a lack of knowledge, I've never been an Apple person and probably will never be.

About FTDI EEPROM Programming Utility

If you have a DUAL-USB or USB device pre-programmed with an Atari8Warez custom PID, and you want to return the device to it's default (FTDI) configuration (i.e. to use it with Mac OS X) do the following:

(Please note that returning the device EEPROM to its original state will cause some Windows/Linux software from Atari8Warez stop functioning, so unless it is absolutely necessary i'd advice against resetting the EEPROM)

  1. Make sure your device is connected and functional and exit all programs that may be using the COM port provided by the device
  2. Download FTDI Eeprom Programming Utility and Drivers (FTDI).  Unzip the utility and the drivers into their respective folders. Run the FT_Prog Installer and install the utility, run the FT Prog software.
  3. Click on Scan & Parse Menu Icon to read device Eeprom contents, you will see a device entry under the Device Tree
  4. Right-Click on FT EEPROM entry on the Device Tree panel of the UI, and select Apply Template/From File, select the appropriate Template.xml file and click Open (please refer to the included documentation for details). You will see a pop-up window confirming that the template is applied.
  5. Click on Program Devices Menu Icon to program default values into the Eeprom. A pop-up window will open, click Program button to program the Eeprom (do not click on Erase)
  6. Exit the Programming Utility
  7. Unplug your device, wait a second or two and re-plug it, the OS will start searching for a driver. If it doesn't find one online, simply install the default FTDI Drivers you downloaded from this website manually.
  8. After the driver is re-installed you will see your device under the device manager of the OS as "USB Serial Port" and not as "SIO2PC/10502PC Dual-USB or SIO2PC-USB". The device will continue to function as usual (you may however see a difference in performance as the custom parameters will be reset to default FTDI values)

Please read Dual-USB / USB Installation Guide for more info

About AspeQt Peripheral Emulator software

AspeQt MS Windows and Ubuntu versions are the only versions officially maintained, distributed and supported by myself. For other distributions please contact their respective providers.