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Question #113
Enabling Virtual COM port in Windows XP.

This guide is for the new type Flash-Link cable (red label) only.

The Quark software requires that the Flash-Link appears on your computer as a virtual COM port. This process cannot be automatically performed in Windows XP systems and the following steps need to be performed manually.

Attention! This guide assumes that you have already downloaded the Flash-Link driver form the Spartan website and have installed it in the default location on your computer.

Step 1: After successful installation of the Quark software Flash-Links that are connected to the computer will be updated.  After the update process has finished Windows XP will prompt for the new driver to be loaded, the following message will be displayed:

Select "No, not at this time" and click Next.  If this message is not displayed go to Step 6

Step 2: Select "Install from a list or specific location (Advanced)" and click Next.

Step 3: Select the "Include this location in the search" option. Check that “C:\Spartan_Flash-Link_driver” is displayed in the search location and click Next.

Step 4: If the following warning is displayed, press Continue Anyway.

Step 5: The following dialog will be displayed to indicate successful driver installation, click Finish.  The driver installation process is now complete.

Step 6: Only required if Windows XP does not automatically ask for drivers to be installed.  During the final stages of the Quark installation the installer will automatically launch Device Manager.  If Device Manager displays an exclamation next to USB Serial Port, right click the USB Serial Port and select Update Driver.  Now go to step 1. 

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