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1  Community / Website and Forum / Re: Loop Back Test - Sticky? on: September 08, 2012, 01:02:19 am
Hello,

How do you read and implement item 6:

" 6. Start your favourite terminal application.  Serial Monitor will work fine."

Thank you,
Regards

com64
2  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Serial Port problems on: August 11, 2012, 02:17:28 am
Dear spcomputing,

Thank you. All problems are not totally resolved but I can use the Board. The whole system is very capricious. Sometimes I have an instant communication through COM8, sometimes I have to reboot the computer. Sometimes I lose the connection when uploading a new sketch. Also when uploading a new or a modified sketch, I sometimes have the message saying: “COM 8  busy with another program. Try to uninstall the other program”. Most of the times, holding the reset button while clicking on the ‘Upload’ icon and only then, releasing the reset button helps…but not every times.
Despite those minor nuisances, I like the board and can see its enormous potential for future uses when I shall finally correct those problems.
Next step is to build a Real Time Clock  and use the ‘time’ functions.

Regards

c64
3  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Serial Port problems on: August 05, 2012, 02:34:43 am
Dear spcomputing,

Thank you for your help. Following your instructions,I finally managed to get a port working (COM8). Also if the break in communication happens again (I am sure it will!), I know where to look. The problem very likely comes from my computer (W7) as when the connection is established, the Uno works well. I could also change the port at will, using one of the free ports not in use.
The whole thing has been a bit nightmarish, wasting a lot of time and sanity.

Once again many thanks. Cheers,

com64
4  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Serial Port problems on: July 30, 2012, 08:18:57 pm
Did uninstall and restart from fresh twice. When connecting the USB cable, the computer gives the ‘normal’ sound  but nothing now appears now on the Device Manager. The very short time it did work, it was COM8 and then that unreal “LPT3” (which does not makes sense on W7) and now nothing, just the connecting and disconnecting sounds.
Giving up now until I find a ‘proper’ USB interface that works. Life is too short to waste time with devices that are not properly designed and don’t work
com64
5  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Windows 7 and Arduino UNO on: July 30, 2012, 08:09:23 pm
Thank you.
Did all that twice (uninstall and restart from fresh). When connecting the USB cable, the computer gives the ‘normal’ sound b but nothing on the Device manager.
Giving up now until I find a ‘proper’ USB interface that works. Life is too short to waste time with devices that are not properly designed.
com64
6  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Serial Port problems on: July 28, 2012, 10:43:49 pm
Yes (LPT3) strange as it is. Could not reproduce it as I have no connection now. I also did un-install and re-install the driver as suggested in another post but to no avail.
7  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Serial Port problems on: July 28, 2012, 02:54:24 am
Thank you for your reply.
I don’t think the problem comes from the last sketch. It came first after using the “blink” sketch from the examples, then, another day after using the “tilt sketch” page 183 from the book “Arduino Cookbook” by Michaels Margolis (alternating 2 Leds by closing a switch on a breadboard). Sometimes, the “Tools Serial port shows “COM8” and things work normally, sometimes, doing the same procedure, the “Tools->Serial Port” is grey and nothing work. In that case I have the message: “Serial Port ‘COM8’ not found. Did you select the right one…etc.”
Before writing this, I just tried one last time, without any ‘last sketch’ and without any breadboard connected and I still have the ‘Serial Post’ grey on the menu. Looking at the ’Device Manager’ on the Control Panel, I have ‘Arduino UNO R3 (LPT3)’ .
Very confusing. Thank you for your help.
com64
8  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Serial Port problems on: July 27, 2012, 12:30:02 am
Reading the forum, i see I am not the only one to have problems with the serial port.
Using w7, all went well, serial port was 'COM8', did load my sketch, connect to breadboard, worked well. On reconnecting next day, Serial port is 'grey'. Did everything I could, following all reccomendations and advices, to no effect. On 'Device Manager', Uno is there with COM8, but on IDE, Serial Port still 'grey'.
How come so many users have the same problem?
Is there a solution, or is the sytem so badly designed that there is no much hope...
Any idea would be welcome. Thank you.
com64
9  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Windows 7 and Arduino UNO on: July 24, 2012, 03:19:00 am
Reading the forum(s), I discover I am not the only one with trouble with the Serial Port. Amazing how many hours are wasted because the system does not work properly!
Using W7, I did download the system. The Serial Port was grey, meaning no communications with the board. After a re-installation, I got COM8 and all worked OK for several hours, I could load and run my own sketch. All good. And then, it happens again, Serial Port is grey. Done all possible, upgrade driver through device manager, etc, etc.. to no effect.
Finally after a complete re-download of everything, when unzipping I now have an error message: “Could not find the main class: processing.apps.Base. Program will exit.”
There will shortly be a very cheap Arduino board on the market.. Life is far too short for wasting time with gizmos that do not work…
Has anyone any idea? Thank you.
Com64
10  Community / Local Groups / Perth (Western Australia) on: July 21, 2012, 10:08:14 pm
Hello,
Anyone around Perth (WA) interrested in exchanging ideas, and helping a beginner?
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