Installing Digilent USB-JTAG Programming Cable Drivers

Installing impact and the Digilent configuration cable drivers are not always a smooth task. The USB-JTAG cable is not supported directly with the driver provided by Xilinx in the Lab Tools, therefore it is necesarry to install external drivers.

In the Xilinx forums it is possible to find a great number of questions regarding the installation of the cable drivers but most of those solutions do not really work. The following is a proven simple set of instructions that will install correctly the drivers.

First you need to download the Lab Tools from the Xilinx website, then:

Install libraries

zypper in fxload
cnf fxload
zypper in libusb-0_1-4 libusb-1_0-0 libusbmuxd-devel libusbmuxd2

Install impact

tar -xvf Xilinx_LabTools_14.7_1015_1.tar
cd Xilinx_LabTools_14.7_1015_1
sudo ./xsetup

Install official cable drivers

cd /opt/Xilinx/14.7/LabTools/common/bin/lin64/digilent
sudo ./

Install .hex and rules in correct locations

cd /opt/Xilinx/14.7/LabTools/common/bin/lin64

sed xusbdfwu.rules -e 's:TEMPNODE:tempnode:g
' > /etc/udev/rules.d/xusbdfwu.rules

cp xusb*.hex /usr/share

udevadm control --reload-rules

Run impact

source /opt/Xilinx/14.7/LabTools/
impact &


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