The kernel will add messages as USB devices are plugged and unplugged. If you have trouble, try looking at kernel messages with dmesg. It is easy to lose bytes by starting another program, moving windows around on the screen, etc. When the device is plugged in, the system looks for the name of a driver. Do not search package names and descriptions; search for files.

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Installing the ft245 USB Driver

The correct file on my system is ft All this output is useful llnux, but look closely at the lines starting with “alias”. The first step is to install some packages you may not have.

When the device is plugged in, the system looks for the name of a driver. The data from the SDR-IQ is a byte stream with the data length and type coded in the first two bytes.

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But if you want to fg245 ft as described above, then don’t use “make sdr14”. The file is a. The other drivers may be preferred for applications other than SDR.

You read a block by decoding these two bytes and then reading the rest of the block using the length. The kernel will add messages as USB devices are plugged and unplugged. Note that some systems use modprobe. If this all works, you will have your driver file ft Besides, it is fun to know how things work.


Installing the ft Driver

Install the package that contains foobar. The above rule specifies that files named “ft?

All drivers are compiled for a specific lihux version, and that requires the kernel header files. You can load the driver by hand with “modprobe ft” you will need to be root. Find out which package provides that file, and install it. Even if things seem to work, they may fail in the future if the wrong driver accidentally gets loaded first.

You can remove the driver root again with “rmmod ft”. Look at the newest messages liux the end of dmesg output. If you are writing code for the ft there are a few things you should know.

The command line version is aptitude use “man aptitude”. If you get ft45 error message. The libftdi0 driver was capable of about k SPS. There is nothing wrong with this, and it will work on many Linux flavors including older systems.

So what is happening? Your ft driver is now installed, but we are not done yet.


Copy the correct driver you will need to be root to a suitable location corresponding to your kernel version: If you get a lot of error messages, don’t panic; you are probably just missing another header file. Therefore I am giving vt245 than the usual amount of explanation so you can adapt this to your needs. That means that when a newer version of Linux comes out, the most recent headers are downloaded too.

See the FTDI site for currently available drivers. Also, a read of greater than 64k is considered an error, so you must limit a read request to 64k maximum. This is where the modinfo command comes lijux handy. I hope by now everyone knows that you never require users to run as root. To detect a loss of synchronization, I consider all lengths less than 2 the length includes the two-byte header and greater than 50 large data blocks have a special length of zero to be an error.