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SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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I installed the 14.5 tools lately and I've been encountering a problem when I press the "Program FPGA" button in SDK nothing happens. I expect  to see a dialog that shows a percentage complete and then a blue led lights up on the development board (ZedBoard), but now nothing happens.

 

I followed instructions in this post for an earlier SDK revision but it didnt help. I did turn on the trace option as well but the console log didnt update. 

 

The project files I have in SDK are all exports from PlanAhead. This is a similar procedure I used to do with previous projects without issues.

 

I would appreciate some help on what I should be looking into next to fix this problem.

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Yes I did. Sorry for the late reply. I had to use a workaround through the xmd console where I would download the bit file through xmd and then I launch the debug configuration as I did before. Throughout this process you have to have the hw server up and running too.

 

As a matter of fact with the latest SDK update I did not have this issue again plus launching the hw server does not seem necessary anymore. 

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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I did also check project references per AR# 35951. Issue still remains.
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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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I know this bug is incredibly frustrating. What you have to do is launch XMD and type fpga -f system.bit . Make sure you are in the directory that the system bit file is in. Most likely it is hw_platform or something like it. Good luck!
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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Thanks cosgrma. Actually it has been extremely frustrating so far. I've been spending hours trying to figure out the issue without any resolve. 

 

I followed youre recommendations and I get the following: "Unable to read FPGA Bitstream 'system.bit'. Check if the file exists and is valid." I did also check that the system.bit file exists in the folder and it does. 

 

I also tried to load the FGPA configuration using iMPACT and I managed to do that successfully. However, when I try to download the elf file to program the arm core I get a "Problem Occured" dialog box indicating an internal error occured during launching the elf file. 

 

I checked with different project files that I had created in the past with 14.2 SDK that I knew where working properly and I manage to program the FPGA using the same button without any issues. Not sure whats going on. I'm at a loss and running out of ideas for things to try.

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Actually one more difference that I noticed recently is that I have to click the Launch Hardware Server button any time I attempt to connect to the board over JTAG. Otherwise I get the error "Failed to connect to Xilinx hw_server. Check if the hw_server is running and correct TCP port is used."

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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If you are giving some output command like xil_printf in the code, be sure to connect RS232 or null modem cable and open port through terminal software.

 

I had same problem with 14.4 SDK , mine was resolved this way...May work for you.

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Thanks anupam_m.

 

I actually tried that too. Its shows me that its connected but I couldnt get to download the elf file. I'm still stuck without resolve.

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Try creating new project with new board settings...

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Good Point. Ill try that. Actually this project is the first I run with the newly added zedboard settings in the 14.5 tools. Before I just chose the device and configured the settings myself.

I hope it works. Thanks again anupam_m!
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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Try to open "launch hardware server" under "xilinx tools" menu
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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Hey any update on this ? Did u manage to solve this ?

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Yes I did. Sorry for the late reply. I had to use a workaround through the xmd console where I would download the bit file through xmd and then I launch the debug configuration as I did before. Throughout this process you have to have the hw server up and running too.

 

As a matter of fact with the latest SDK update I did not have this issue again plus launching the hw server does not seem necessary anymore. 

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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Does not work either with 14.6 ...

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Re: SDK 14.5 Program FPGA button does nothing

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@cosgrma wrote:
I know this bug is incredibly frustrating. What you have to do is launch XMD and type fpga -f system.bit . Make sure you are in the directory that the system bit file is in. Most likely it is hw_platform or something like it. Good luck!

In my case that also solved the problem, here on 14.7. I further noticed that you don't necesserily have to be in the same folder. I had the same problem with a path "~/path/to/system.bit" where i changed it to "/home/<user>/path/to/system.bit" and it worked. It seems that XMD does not understand shortcuts.

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