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I also installed 4.2i with W2K SP2 and everything was all right till I installed SP3.
As Bartart said my computer wasn't booting up, you get the scary blue screen which you don't see very often in w2k to be honest, unistalling SP3 solved the problem.
I'll have a look in the Xilinx site to see if I can find the 'driver' Bartart is talking about.
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Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 has a known incompatibility with the ISE 4.2i programming cable driver. To prevent conflicts with your Windows2000 operating system, before installing Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 we recommend:
Yeah - I had the same blue-screen problem. As mentioned above, the solution is documented on the xilinx website - download the new driver files and it all works ok. However, be aware that if you are using win2k, the same thing will happen again (do they ever learn?) if you install version 5.1 - once again, download and install the 5.1 fix from the xilinx site before you reboot your machine. Otherwise it's blue screen time, and I actually had to format my drive and reinstall the operating system, as safe-mode wouldn't boot...
On XP 4.2i gives problems during downloading the code into the device.
This can be corrected using the file put up by Bartart.
4.2i SP-3 is not needed for this. Simply replace the file in System32/Driver folder and it works.