Tag - FTDIgate

Unbrick your non-genuine FTDI device (2016 January)

If your cheap Arduino clone stopped working recently you’re probably experiencing FTDIgate 2.0.

I won’t go in deep details here because I already spent too many hours solving the issue but here’s what’s happened in a nutshell: a new FTDI driver was force installed through Windows Update which renders the counterfeit chips useless again. This time the update is much more aggressive and a little bit harder to remove.

So if you have an Arduino clone that mysteriously stopped working (unable to upload new sketches) in January here’s what you can do: Read More

Arduino Nano v3.0 clones (How-to & Review)

If you need a breadboard-friendy, well documented and supported Arduino board, your best choice is a Nano. Unfortunately an original Arduino Nano could cost you around $30 plus shipping so it makes sense to search for an alternative source. There are also some chinese clones that are around five times cheaper, even with worldwide shipping.

But wait! There’s always a reason why a clone of something is cheaper than the original product. In this case there can be two pitfalls you need to know about.
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