Trouble with FTDI (1284p) so can I try Dual booting linux for a fix?

There are several questions tied into the title of this post. First off my ftdi chip is highly annoying and takes 20 tries sometimes before it is recognized by windows 7 32bit and even then it dies half the time reading serialprintln and has steadily gotten worse as my project progresses. I have emailed the FTDI support for a fix but google searches only mention changing INF files and I'm having trouble finding a tutorial on that. It seems to be a driver issue. My next solution is to try linux with the FTDI(usb to serial).

I am using a board setup called mighty 1284p from: can I still use this with the linux version or is it windows only... (if not stop here, I have 9 sensors on a board and I am not reworking it)

I'm having problems getting the right keywords on google for adding different boards to a linux arduino setup.

Also what version of linux would You recommend I try specifically for arduino? I have unbuntu dual booted on a tower I have laying around but I followed tutorials yet I am a persistent newb at this stuff. If there is a tutorial out there I can do it.

thoughts and recommendations?

INF are the driver. but i've no clue on what have to be changed.

BTW everything should work without any problem in linux.

Have you gone to and used their drivers?

he is talking about linux, it is a different question. linux kernel contains a FTDI module that normally is selected, but maybe in an excess of "optimization" this have been cut off from his distribution

OP is talking about Linux due to having windows problems. If updating windows drivers solves the problem, that alleviates the need to get things going in a whole different evnironment.

I also see that Linux is listed among the drivers:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows 7 Windows 7 x64 Windows Server 2008 Windows Server 2008 x64 Windows Vista Windows Vista x64 Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2003 x64 Windows XP Windows XP x64 Windows ME Windows 98 Linux Mac OS X Mac OS 9 Mac OS 8 Windows CE.NET (Version 4.2 and greater) Android

Support for Windows 8 There is no official release of Windows 8, but FTDI have validated that our drivers will function correctly with the Developer Preview and the Consumer Preview of Windows 8.