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1  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Can't figure out how to install Arduino IDE in Ubuntu 12.10 on: November 02, 2012, 07:03:21 pm
I can only seem to find instructions on how to install the Arduino IDE in Ubuntu 10.10, but nothing on how to install it in Ubuntu 12.10. I've actually only just installed Ubuntu 12.10 and I'm  trying to figure out how it all works as I've only ever used windows before, so I wanted to find an easy to follow guide for idiots so I know what to do. Can anyone help?
2  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: Have I destroyed my Mini Pro and FTDI basic breakout boards? on: October 10, 2012, 10:37:47 am
Well I don't know about you, but I certainly find soldering to be quite therapeutic and satisfying, so I am sure with a bit of practice I will get as good as you some day. I do dread dealing with SMT components though, although it's not an impossible task I hear.
3  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: Have I destroyed my Mini Pro and FTDI basic breakout boards? on: October 09, 2012, 06:12:40 pm
Hiya guys I want to thank you for your help. I got one of the newer 3.3V FTDI basic breakout boards with the female connection already soldered on. I tried it with the new Mini Pro board I bought and it worked! I also tried it with the older one and it also worked, so the old FTDI basic breakout board was the culprit.

For some reason I just could not do a decent job of soldering the ftdi basic breakout board even though I did a perfect job on both Mini Pros.

Thanks for the insight into soldering though by the way. I've still got a lot to learn!
4  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Re: Best way to solder my Arduino Mini Pro? on: October 09, 2012, 01:29:37 pm
Thanks. I don't have any flux, so I'll just have to rely on the flux inside my solder. I'll use the alcohol I have and hopefully that should work.
5  Using Arduino / General Electronics / Best way to solder my Arduino Mini Pro? on: October 09, 2012, 12:50:48 pm
I've just got a new Arduino Mini Pro 3.3V that I need to solder header pins onto. I think I messed up the last one by scouring the pin terminals with a fiberglass pen which was mean to prevent the solder from forming beads and not sticking to the terminals. I think this caused some of the terminals to bridge with each other as the enamel between them was inadvertently scraped off. So, I was wondering what the proper way to do it would be? Should I use some of my electronics grade isopropyl alcohol on q-tips to clean any grease, oils or dirt off or should I use some other method to carefully physically scrub them?  I thought it would be better to ask beforehand so I don't mess it up a second time! I really want to get it right this time so any advice would be appreciated, thanks.
6  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: Have I destroyed my Mini Pro and FTDI basic breakout boards? on: October 05, 2012, 06:13:24 pm
I tried that but it didn't seem to work.

I've ordered a new Arduino Mini Pro and one of the newer 3.3V FTDI basic breakout boards so hopefully this time round it'll work if I avoid scrubbing it with the abrasive fiberglass pen. I'll clean it with isopropyl alcohol instead I think.
7  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: Have I destroyed my Mini Pro and FTDI basic breakout boards? on: October 05, 2012, 04:19:46 pm
CTS  and GND are shorted on the MiniPro IIRC - In fact GND is black, CTS is the second pin.  Having CTS grounded means the computer can always send serial even if nothing's listening.

My Sparkfun 5V Basic breakout has CTS going to the chip, not ground.  Perhaps there is a different design or yours is shorted - it should still work if CTS is grounded as that's how it would be if plugged into the Mini Pro anyway.


I scrubbed it to get the solder to stick better.

This is worrying, I can't seem to get it to work.
8  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Have I destroyed my Mini Pro and FTDI basic breakout boards? on: October 05, 2012, 03:46:49 pm
I have an Arduino Mini Pro 3.3V and before soldering right angle male headers onto it, I scrubbed the terminals with a fiberglass pencil. I'm worried this may have damaged it because the multimeter I have shows the GND and BLK pins are connected to each other. Is this supposed to be the case or is this an indication that I have ruined it?

I have had a similar problem with my 3.3V FTDI basic breakout board as the multimeter shows the GND and CTS pins are both connected in the same way. Is this meant to be the case?

I can't get the things to work so I'm wondering whether my soldering job may be the problem!

Thanks, I'll be so grateful if you guys could help as things just are not going well for me at the moment and it's causing me a hell of a lot of grief.
9  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: 6 pin male header for Arduino Pro Mini on: September 26, 2012, 07:49:36 am
I was just about to place my order when I found out that I might possibly need a crimping tool. Is this necessary for making my own cables?

I assume that if I'm using wires with pre-crimped terminals this is not necessary?
10  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: 6 pin male header for Arduino Pro Mini on: September 16, 2012, 04:38:07 pm
Thanks mini, you're a star! I actually ended up getting the breakaway header you suggested. Looks like I'll be able to make the cable 4 wire cable ill need for my HC-SR04 sensor.
11  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: 6 pin male header for Arduino Pro Mini on: September 14, 2012, 03:12:22 pm
Thank you. I guess I'll try and make my own ribbon using some of those cramping connector things with some wire.
12  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: 6 pin male header for Arduino Pro Mini on: September 14, 2012, 10:43:51 am
Okay what I've done is just buy a breakaway header that I apparently can use. However, instead of connecting the Arduino Pro Mini directly to the Bluetooth Mate Silver, I would like to do so with a cable connector.

What I need to know therefore is what sort of cable to use? Obviously there will be 6 wires, but I don't know what its called. Anyone know?

Thanks guys.
13  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / 6 pin male header for Arduino Pro Mini on: September 14, 2012, 07:49:31 am
I'm having a hell of a time finding a 90 degree angle simple male header here in the UK.

Can anyone tell me if this one is okay to use with the Arduino Pro Mini? Or is it only good for the Arduino Lillypad?

http://proto-pic.co.uk/6-pin-right-angle-male-smd-header/

Please forgive me, I'm a newbie!
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