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286  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Component Parts Storage on: April 17, 2013, 11:22:18 pm
I just use these.  You can also get drawer dividers..

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0&_nkw=drawer+plastic+cabinet&_sacat=0&_from=R40
287  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Advanced Searching? on: April 17, 2013, 11:21:29 pm
But it's not advanced..
288  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Advanced Searching? on: April 17, 2013, 11:07:54 pm

Well, I'll be a monkeys uncle.  Never knew that search page was here.  Thanks, bookmarked!
289  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Advanced Searching? on: April 17, 2013, 09:28:21 am
Sure there is. Login and select "Search" at the top of the page next to "My Messages". Isn't that good enough?


I don't think it's good enough, IMO.  Have more than 2 words in the search box and you will never find what you're looking for.  There are no search parameters like using quotes for a phrase.

I like the simple and clean layout, but there are ways to make this forum work better for the members, and I don't understand why no one has implemented any upgrades.  I believe that, a site should always be moving forward. 

I have 3 sites of my own and always looking to improve their functionality. 
290  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: load sketch to stand alone atmega328p-pu chip on: April 17, 2013, 09:28:05 am
For the '328, you should be choosing the Uno..
291  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Advanced Searching? on: April 16, 2013, 04:19:37 pm
No, there isn't an advanced search here.  But, you could use google to help searching the forum

Go to:  http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
put in key search words,
use site or domain:  http://arduino.cc/forum
or in a google search box put key words site:http://arduino.cc/forum

For example, search "stepper driver site:http://arduino.cc/forum" brings up hits only for the forum.  You can also narrow the search to individual sections by adding to the link i.e. "stepper driver site:http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,11.0.html"  (for the Networking, Protocols... Section)
292  Using Arduino / LEDs and Multiplexing / Re: Sure 3208 problem on: April 16, 2013, 04:04:54 pm
If you still can't get it to work, download the attached rar and extract it to your libraries folder, Then restart the IDE.  The only thing I could not get to show up was the example.
293  Using Arduino / LEDs and Multiplexing / Re: Sure 3208 problem on: April 16, 2013, 01:58:06 pm
It compiles fine for me.  Where did you install the library?
294  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: out or ram... Code optimization on: April 16, 2013, 12:25:03 pm
What is the exact error message you get?
295  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: load sketch to stand alone atmega328p-pu chip on: April 16, 2013, 12:16:15 pm
Have you installed the bootloader?
296  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: digitalWrite question on: April 16, 2013, 08:13:56 am
Are you going to tell someone that is asking a question, "No, I can't tell you because this is a beginner forum?"

No, why would we do that? However the question is not well defined:

That question was aimed at Robin2.  He seems to think since this forum is for beginners.  So for questions that's based on more complex operations, he was implying we shouldn't answer them.

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This forum is not limited to beginners, so please don't treat us like that. If you ask a technical question you will get a technical answer.

Agree 110%.

Yes, I've had that question asked of me - it took a long time to get the details, and allay their fears, which is why I always try to get the bottom of what the person wants to do, not how they think it ought to be done.

I understand.  It's funny reading a post and a member asking for more details about the project, but the OP doesn't want to divulge more information because he/she thinks that they have a million dollar idea.  I am not saying they don't, but 99% of the time, someone has already thought of it first and realized that it was a dream.
297  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Website needs prominent links to Atmel datasheets on: April 16, 2013, 05:41:22 am
After a few days of reading this forum, you should have realized that most beginners don't do any research for their project anyway. 
298  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Wacom Pad button push on: April 15, 2013, 09:43:22 pm
I bet that smilie with the sunglasses isn't helping much.   smiley-cool

Modify your post, highlight your code, then hit the # button.  This will put code tags around your code so the forum software won't mangle it.

Also this code won't even compile...

this

Code:
PinMode(7,INPUT);

should be this:

Code:
pinMode(7,INPUT);

Also your missing a library define
299  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: digitalWrite question on: April 15, 2013, 09:29:47 pm
You have a good point about the point of the Arduino. But for this thread, isn't doing low-level hardware bashing like direct port manipulation also out of the scope of the point of the Arduino? (Sorry for the extremely poor grammar.)

Are you going to tell someone that is asking a question, "No, I can't tell you because this is a beginner forum?"
300  Topics / Product Design / Re: 8 Channel Relay Board - Proofreading on: April 15, 2013, 02:45:55 pm
Yes, that is a proper interface from opto to relay switching transistor. I would not bother with having two visual leds performing the same function, I would eliminate the opto input led indicator and adjust it's series resistor to compensate for it's elimination.

Lefty

Wow, I just noticed the LEDs..  You're right.  I will have to change my design for the relay LED.  I wanted the LED to light when the relay has power (Not switched on).  The LED on the opto would light when the relay switched on.  It's not really a necessity to have either LED, but I like seeing the lights.  Besides, I have hundreds of 1206 LEDs in a variety of colors..

Thanks Retro and Papa.  Just to let you know Papa, I knew how transistors worked, but the symbols stumped me for some reason.  Last night (late), it finally sunk in.  So, +1 to ya both.

Instead of using 8 Arduino pins to drive your board, why no use one a single 74HC595 between the arduino and the optocouplers?

This way you'll use only 3 arduino pins, instead of 8, and the complexity added to your design will be minimal (and a 595 is pretty cheap).

Good idea, have quite a few of those in SMD that I have been wanting to use.
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