Note: the SDR-IQ works well with the latest releases of Windows 10. This post is left for reference only.
It seems that there's a problem with the SDR-IQ and Windows 10 64-bit edition. First of all the reason other software such as the most excellent SpectraVue work is because they are 32-bit programs whereas SDR-Radio.com's software uses 64-bit executables on 64-bit editions of Windows.
Fortunately Ian Wade G3NRW determined that it's necessary to roll back the FTDI driver to v2.10.00. Here's his posting from the Yahoo! support group.
After a recent Windows 10/64 update, SDR Console stopped working with the SDR-IQ. One symptom was that although SDR Console recognized that
the SDR-IQ was plugged in, the program did not see the SDR-IQ's serial number. Investigation narrowed down the cause to Windows automatically
replacing an old version of the FTDI driver (184.108.40.206) with the latest version (2.12.14).
Attempts to solve the problem:
I tried uninstalling the latest FTDI driver and re-installing the older one. But this did not work. After much Googling to find out how to do it (discovering several snake oil methods on the way), I finally unearthed a method that does work.
How to replace newer driver version(s) with an older driver version:
This involves following the procedure at: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730875.aspx
- Create a Restore Point (just in case things go wrong).
- Unplug all FTDI devices (including SDR-IQ) from the PC.
- Discover an instance of the FTDI driver, using the CLI command pnputil.exe -e . The output consists of a record for each driver, looking something like this:
Published name : oem56.inf
Driver package provider : FTDI
Class : Universal Serial Bus controllers
Driver date and version : 01/27/2014 2.12.00
Signer name : Microsoft Windows Hardware
Make a note of the "inf" reference # (in this case, 56).
- Delete the driver with the command pnputil.exe -f -d oem#.inf - for example pnputil.exe -f -d oem56.inf
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until there is no FTDI driver left in the Windows Driver Store.
- Install version 220.127.116.11 of the FTDI driver, from here:
http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/CDM/CDM%20v2.10.00%20WHQL%20Certified.exe (a copy is also available here [link]).
- Prevent Windows 10 from automatically updating drivers:
Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > Hardware >Device Installation Settings > No (your device might not work as expected) > Save
- Create another Restore Point (so that you can revert to v18.104.22.168 if necessary).
- Reboot the PC.
In my case I discovered no fewer than three instances of the FTDI driver. This was totally unexpected, and it was not until I had removed
all three that I successfully installed the older version of the driver.
Now SDR Console v3/0807 and v2/2381 finally work (very well) on my system -- I have been bereft and inconsolable without them!
Bottom line #1: Do not rely on Windows Device Manager to uninstall a driver. There may be other versions still lurking in the Driver Store.
Bottom line #2: Do not rely on Device Manager showing all the COM ports installed on the system. For example, it does not show VSPE virtual ports.
Bottom line #3: Simon, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make SDR Console play with the latest FTDI driver :-)