[USRP-users] problem with UHD driver 'no control response' and image burner for USRP2

sam berhanu samberhanu at gmail.com
Tue Feb 14 18:31:38 EST 2012

I am using the USRP2 hardware with simulink matlab version 2011b.

what prompted for me to look for the latest firmware was that I was getting
an error. The setup is as rudimentary as it could be, a sine wave from a
signal generator received on the BasicX A port, but I keep getting the
"could not execute UHD driver command in 'ReceiveData_C" RunTimeError. I am
not really sure what that means. I am not doing anything exotic, just a
simple receive on the radio of a sine wave at 45 MHz,  power of -7 dbm.

Another quesiton that is tied to the above though is:
I went on the ettus website (which most previous links are no more there,
please please fix the help or knowledge base section) to find the latest
firmwares for the USRP2 at

the image burner GUI I found from

I installed first python, then tried to run the python burner. I tried to
run the image burner for the gui but nothing seems to happen. I tried this
on 4 different computers in the lab. What's bizarre is that I did this
about two weeks ago. I would love for the instructions on how to burn the
image onto the SD cards be found somewhere as the link is there no
more at*http://www.ettus.com/uhd_docs/manual/html/usrp2.html#load-the-images-onto-the-sd-card-usrp2-only<http://www.ettus.com/uhd_docs/manual/html/usrp2.>

I could definitely use specific information on how to get this thing going,
i.e the error with the 'no control response'.

I also would like to know how to correctly use the image burner.

and another question I have,

the data that I saw from the receive USRP2 block in simulink  (2011a
version with a different firmware than above and works relatively
smoothly),- the frame size was set at 358 and couldn't be changed. the data
type I was using for the block output was an int16 (signed). I felt as
though there was no Q channel information even though both the I & Q paths
were connected to QPSK modulated signal paths. it felt as if the channel
concatanated the 16 wide I and 16 wide Q and sent on the firmware with
2011b but the 2011a version I was using completely ignored the Q channel.
Would be great if someone could inform how the data is exactly sent? ( i
realize they are interleaved IQ but does that mean 8I8Q for int16 or does
it mean [16I16Q] 358 samples?

sorry for rambling...i know i'm a noob but someone has to start somewhere

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