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1  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Tools> Serial Port is grayed out on: December 28, 2013, 12:11:48 pm
Find a friend with a Linux box and flash the boot loader from Linux.  Maybe then it will see the usb port.

2  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Tools sub menu in IDE is unreadable on: August 15, 2013, 04:51:00 am
At least one line is.  The selected row shows up as blank.  See for an example.  I'm running 1.0.5 on Linux Mint, 64 bit.

Is there something I can put in the preferences to change the highlighting color?  Nothing in the comments indicate such a thing.  I've opened an issue.

3  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: My tools selection is not being displayed. on: July 14, 2013, 10:20:58 am
Sorry, I forgot to mention I'm running the 1.0.5 IDE on a Linux Mint 13 64 bit system.
4  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / My tools selection is not being displayed. on: July 14, 2013, 10:19:26 am
I suspect it's highlighting the selection wrong, but I can't figure out where to set it.  Nothing obvious in the preferences file.  Anyway, when I look at the tools/board or tools/port display, the selected item has a dot on the line but nothing else  . It's like it's printing white text on a white background.  How can I correct this?  It works fine, I just don't know what I've selected unless I select something else temporarily.

5  Using Arduino / Project Guidance / Re: Web interface for equipment status? on: December 15, 2012, 07:08:43 am
i want the GSM Cellular Shield to send it to another Cellular Shield which is located somewhere in the office, and at the same time it updates the status to the internet by Arduino Ethernet shield. 
So you have one Arduino device with a GSM Cellular Shield talking with a second one.  Got that but are you saying the second one also has a Ethernet shield on it?  Do you have enough program space to support both?

6  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Errors while burning bootloader on: December 15, 2012, 06:52:23 am
This may or may not have any bearing on your problem, but I was unable to burn bootloaders from Ubuntu 10.04 recently.  Everything looked OK but I had similar errors trying to burn and it trashed the chip. When I moved to a Centos 6 system everything started to work fine.  Again, it most likely isn't the same problem, but if you have the ability to use a different OS, it's worth a try.  Might save some time.  Then again, it might waste some time.  smiley-wink

7  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: TIP122 replacement part on: December 14, 2012, 08:06:32 pm
The only thing I'd be concerned about is power dissipation.  The TO-220 package is usually used because the part can get hot and needs the area to dissipate heat. 
8  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Where can I find an insertion tool? on: December 14, 2012, 08:01:03 pm
I've been bending pins the manual way since the 555 came out and the 741 appeared in DIP format, so I'm familiar with that method.  Heck I thought I invented it.    smiley-cool  It's just that I'm getting a bit older and find my manual dexterity isn't quite what it was 40 years ago.  Thanks for the tips, however. I'll look for a pin straightener. 

9  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Burning boot loader - observation on: December 13, 2012, 11:04:04 am

"Make sure you have the right item selected in the Tools | Board menu. Then, just launch the appropriate command from the Tools > Burn Bootloader menu of the Arduino environment."

Thanks, I figured it might be documented somewhere but I couldn't find it.

10  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Burning boot loader - observation on: December 13, 2012, 08:09:38 am
Somewhere recently I saw a comment to the effect that using IDE 1.0.? when you burn a boot loader to a 328, you had to call the board a Uno from then on even if it was a Duemilanove.  I was playing around burning boot loaders on some chips I had trashed (Ubuntu 10.04 seems to trash boot loaders, but that's a different story) when I discovered that statement was not correct.  I burned a  boot loader and found I still needed to call it a Duemilanove.  Then the next day I burned another one and found it wouldn't work unless I called it a Uno.  So I started playing.  Seems that you can govern the type of board the IDE thinks you have by changing the board by choosing it in the Tools/Board on the IDE before burning.  This may be obvious to everyone but it was news to me.  On the off chance I'm not the only clueless person here, I decided to share my observations.

Note, I'm using the usbtinyisp programmer and I only tried it with Uno vs Duemilanove on IDE 1.0.3.

11  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Where can I find an insertion tool? on: December 13, 2012, 07:30:02 am
Located in the US.  I purchased a 28 pin insertion tool but it turns out it was the 0.6 " variety for things like EPROMs.  I need an insertion tool for the ATMEGA 328.  Does anyone know of a source?  I can't seem to find it in the usual component shops, Newark, Mouser, etc.

12  Community / Exhibition / Gallery / YAAGDO - Yet Another Arduino Garage Door Opener on: December 12, 2012, 12:21:52 pm is a almost complete description of the implementation of a wired using a keypad garage door opener.

13  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Where do I put extra libraries? on: August 19, 2011, 03:22:47 pm
I tried that first, but I don't think I restarted the ide.  I'll try again.

14  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Where do I put extra libraries? on: August 19, 2011, 03:05:55 pm
The page at says to  put them in a sub-sub directory of your sketchbook.  My sketches are in ~/sketchbook so I created a ~/sketchbook/Arduino/libraries as suggested and put them there.  They aren't found.  I'm running 0022 on Linux. 

Also I'm using the MsTimer2 library and it says "Install it on {arduino-path}/hardware/libraries/" but there is no such library.  Yes, I did restart the ide after creating the path and moving the libraries to the new path.
jim@blackie:~$ cd ~
jim@blackie:~$ ls sketchbook/Arduino/libraries
Bounce MemoryFree  MsTimer2

This all worked OK on 0018.  I hate it when people fix things that aren't broken.
Thanks, Jim.
15  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Yet Another Serial Port Greyed Out on Arch 64bit on: July 31, 2011, 04:51:18 am
Just as a point of reference, I installed version 22 on the latest release of Mint 64 bit and all was well.

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