ATMEGA16U2 serial driver XP

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    I do have an Arduino UNO board with a mega16u2 on it as USB-UART bridge. I want to use it connected to an XP machine. I am looking for a driver for the USB bridge for hours with no success.

    Most people say that the driver is on some location on the Arduino folder. I do not have Arduino installed and I don't want to install it just to for a file or two. I do have Atmel Studio 7 on another computer and an ISP programmer if needed. I can't understand, why Microchip provides HEX files for such a thing but no drivers. If I go to the FTDI website, their driver is there, easy to install. Does someone can point me to the right direction ?

Last Edited: Mon. Jul 2, 2018 - 11:26 AM
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angelu wrote:
I can't understand, why Microchip provides HEX files for such a thing but no drivers.

Well, Arduino is an entirely independent 3rd party - so no real reason why they should be expected to provide drivers.

 

And I expect that 98.7% of people wanting the driver will also have the IDE - so why would they go to the effort of maintaining a separate download?

 

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    I mean, they (Microchip) could provide a driver beside an application note so people would have the hex file and the driver for whatever needs, not only Arduino, just like FTDI or SILICON LABS do.

 

    I ended up installing Arduino on another computer and copied the two files on the XP one and it works. If I know that I can post them here I would, but I am not sure.

Last Edited: Mon. Jul 2, 2018 - 07:33 AM