Where to learn to build or modify custom bit files for my Mesa cards?

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21 Feb 2023 15:15 #264960 by DrKnow65
I am looking to find information on how to modify / build / compile custom bit files for some of the Mesa boards I am using with my builds. 
I have 7i90hd's on parallel ports, 7i90hd on a raspberry pi, 7i92tm's, and 7i98's. I have a hand full of daughter boards, 7i85s, 7i88, 7i67d, 7i77, etc.

For example if I wanted to build a bespoke daughter board to condition signals for stuff like IO with a couple PWM DAC outputs using the empty P3 port on a 7i98+7i85+7i77, and was going to experiment and iterate frequently, where would I learn to manipulate the bit files?

I will also be doing some connecting of inexpensive breakout boards (17-IO) to the 50pin headers (24-IO) on the 7i90hd's which would the have (7) unused IO pins that I could make use of in various ways. 

Specifically I am looking to remove burden from the helpful folks here on the forum (mostly PCW) as I fumble and bumble my way through learning the EE side of customizing my own daughter board hardware.

Google is showing me no love :( where do I go looking?

Jeff

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21 Feb 2023 16:13 #264964 by PCW
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28 Feb 2023 17:36 #265581 by DrKnow65
ERROR:HDLCompiler:104 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 71: Cannot find <ibound> in library <work>. Please ensure that the library was compiled, and that a library and a use clause are present in the VHDL file.
Parsing entity <inm>.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:854 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 73: Unit <inm> ignored due to previous errors.
Parsing architecture <behavioral> of entity <inm>.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:374 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 94: Entity <inm> is not yet compiled.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 95: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 96: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 97: <std_logic> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 98: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 99: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 100: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 101: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 102: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 103: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 104: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 105: <inwidth> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 107: <std_logic> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 108: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 109: <std_logic> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 110: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
ERROR:HDLCompiler:69 - "/home/jeffs/linuxcnc/configs/7i90/configs/hostmot2/source/hostmot2/inm.vhd" Line 111: <std_logic_vector> is not declared.
Sorry, too many errors..


Looks like I am either missing a dependancy somewhere, or there was a problem "merging" the file into ISE 14.7? 

Any advise where I might begin the search?

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28 Feb 2023 18:04 #265582 by DrKnow65
I did " sudo apt install ghdl " without it changing anything, just for information.

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28 Feb 2023 18:16 #265583 by PCW
The various project files may not be up-to-date
to fix, add the missing file to the project (ibound.vhd in this case)
(in the GUI right click in the file area and select add file)
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28 Feb 2023 18:19 #265585 by DrKnow65
"A known limitation of the new parser"

Not sure what exactly the procedures are for finding and adding the files and compiling the library again....

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28 Feb 2023 18:26 #265586 by DrKnow65
You nailed it, I didn't expect the inbound.vhd and oneshot.vhd to be in the dropdown to add as sources.

Thank you again.


I am now down to one error,
Map:258 - A problem was encountered attempting to get the license for this
architecture.


I suppose something here is proprietary and needs a signature maybe?

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28 Feb 2023 18:34 #265590 by PCW
Did you register your copy of webpack?

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28 Feb 2023 18:39 #265593 by DrKnow65
I did, but I also had to change an nvme that went sideways and it changed my MAC or something.
I found that my "Host ID Matches" was red for the ISE in the license manager though everything else was green.

Getting the license sorted now.

You are good at this :) I'm working on getting better too.

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28 Feb 2023 19:20 #265599 by DrKnow65
"Network Interface Card (NIC) ID: 000000000000" on the license manager I suspect is where I am getting shut down.
I have the correct (licensed) mac showing up when I "ip link show" in the terminal, it just isn't populating in the license manager.

1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
2: enp0s31f6: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000
    link/ether nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
(the "nn:nn:nn:nn:nn:nn: is my redacted mac)

I wonder if the license manager is somehow populating with the link/loopback ID? 

I think a good Linux user is a good troubleshooter. I'm trying to persevere...

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