Win 10 Laptop not seeing Sik radios

I recently switched laptops and now have Windows 10. I installed Mission Planner on my laptop and plugged a mRo SiK Telemetry Radio into the USB port. The radio is not recognized on the com ports but is instead on the "Other Devices" tab in Device Manager as "FT230X Basic UART", the FTDI chip in the radio. When I go to properties it says no driver is installed.

I've tried multiple mRo radios and an old 3DR radio, different USB ports, updating Mission Planner, uninstalling Mission Planner and reinstalling, installing QGroundcontrol, and uninstalling the radio in device manager and plugging it back in.

I've spent some time digging through forums trying to find a way to manually install drivers or to find out if Windows firewall is somehow blocking it with no luck.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Aha!

    Installing the chipset drivers did do something, but not what I expected. When I plug the radio into the USB port, I now get a port called "COM4 Silicon Labs CP210x USB to UART," which I expected to be the radio. It's not. Instead, it also added *another* com port, in this case something simply labeled "COM6" and that is the radio!
  • There was an issue in Windows 7 when FTDI provided an update to Microsoft for the driver of their chipsets. The update detected whether it was a real or counterfeit. If it was counterfeit the driver would not work and gave an indication to the user that the component in question was fake. Possibly now the Windows 10 driver from FTDI is ignoring parts that it believes are fake and not giving you an indication.

    The thing to do might be, determine from the vendor of the USB device being plugged in, who the vendor is on the USB interface chip they have used.

    I am not saying the parts you are using are fake, I am just telling you of what has happened in the past.

    If it is not truly an FTDi part, you may have to identify and disable a real FTDI driver that me be installed and active, before the driver from the vendor works.

    Jim H
  • I've hit the same issue. After failing to find anything on the forums or ardupilot website, I found the chipset manufacturer (CP210x chipset) and downloaded their drivers. Didn't help. :(
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