[time-nuts] If any of your USB devices have stopped working lately...

nuts nuts at lazygranch.com
Fri Oct 24 05:38:13 EDT 2014

On Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:45:16 +0000
Mark Sims <holrum at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Happened to a friend of mine.  All his Arduino stuff died.   This
> could be the reason:
> http://www.eevblog.com/forum/reviews/ftdi-driver-kills-fake-ftdi-ft232
> Short story:  FTDI released a new version of their USB driver (via
> Windows automatic updates no less) that bricks other vendor's
> compatible versions of their interface chip.   They also updated
> their license file to indicate that this may happen...  except you
> never get a chance to decline the new license with automatic driver
> updates.  I can just hear the class action lawyers drooling...
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As a rule of thumb, never let windows update anything that isn't from
Microsoft. What I do is if MS says I should update something, I go to
that manufacturer and look at the update.

MS update has been known to supply the wrong update when it comes to
non-MS software.

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