Programing CoolRunner II CPLDs from Windows 7

Posted on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 in how-to by DP

Kiran wrote a short tutorial on how to program the Xilinx CoolRunner II CPLD development board with a computer running Windows 7.  The board features an onboard USB programmer but the drivers for it are not supported by Windows 7. The only way to program the device, without buying an external programmer, is to run a standalone programing app for the board from a virtual XP environment.

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5 Responses to “Programing CoolRunner II CPLDs from Windows 7”

  1. arhi says:

    That whole system is seriously broken. The prehistoric version of adept is required and it don’t work properly even on xp :( …

    The only way to properly use that board is with jtag cable :(

  2. Drone says:

    Oh my – is that the lame Digilent proprietary programming issue again!? I had never ending battles with the X-Board and finally tossed it.

  3. arhi says:

    This board is older then x-board afaik and uses even older version of digilent proprietary programming system ..

    If they deprecated that system, they could at least open sourced the old app so that we can maintain it ourselves :(

  4. FourthDr says:


    You “tossed” a dev board??? Why not offer it free on the forums for anyone that wants it??

    • Drone says:

      I didn’t “toss” it in the trash. It’s around here somewhere. Even if I find it, I would be loath to saddle some poor person with having to deal with it. It was OK when first purchased, but as the Xilinx development environment went through releases, Digilent did not update their proprietary software. Planned obsolescence, maybe.

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