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1  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: How to connect my single sided arduino? on: October 14, 2009, 09:17:55 pm
Sorry yeah it is the single sided serial board.

Also the adapter I mentioned is one of these:

And I want to use it to plug into my computer's printer port, since I have no serial port. Would I be able to change an option in the Arduino IDE to make it use the printer port? If not can I get a serial to usb adapter and will it work alright? Thanks man!

2  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: How to connect my single sided arduino? on: October 13, 2009, 10:20:52 pm
Anyone? I got the parts today so I am ready to go, I just need some solutions.
3  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / How to connect my single sided arduino? on: October 12, 2009, 10:03:30 pm
Hi guys,

I am completely new to arduino, and I am in the process of making my own single sided board. The parts should be coming tomorrow. Well at least the rest of them, I already have a lot of them. Anyways I realized I have a problem. This uses a serial cable, and both of my computers don't have a com3 port. One computer has a printer port, but I don't know if I can use it. I have an adapter that would work to fit it in there, but when I looked at the compiling software it only has a com3 option. What can I do to make this work?

Any help would be appreciated, and thanks!

4  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Single-Sided Arduino Schematic not sized right?? on: May 28, 2010, 02:33:59 am
Hi guys,

This summer I am going to make the single sided serial arduino board. I have everything ready, but I am having massive trouble with the schematic a4 image. I want to print it and give it to my dad to scan and print on his laser jet at work. I want to use that to do the toner transfer method.

First I tried sending it to him in an email, but it kept printing at the enlarged image, which was massive and didn't fit more than a corner of the board on one paper.

Then earlier today, I tried to print it on my own printer so he could scan it on the laser jet, but it is still not sized right. It is almost perfect, but on further inspection it is slightly too small. The holes for the IC aren't lining up right.

I am a little frustrated and disappointed I couldn't find any posts or anything on google about this issue. I can't believe no one has come across this problem, and that no admin or developer has corrected it. Please someone get back to me and help me print this correctly!

Here is the link to the board, and the A4 image is towards the bottom. If you need me to take a picture of each sheet of paper let me know, but I think it's self explanatory. Also notice how on the actual image it can be magnified to its normal size, which I think is something to do with the problem. I would like to avoid editing the image because I do not want to distort the original proportions of the schematic. Thanks so much guys!

-Matt  8-)
5  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Trying to Reflash Bios with Arduino on: January 04, 2010, 05:59:24 pm
Sorry to bump, it's just I am kinda on hold right now.
6  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Trying to Reflash Bios with Arduino on: January 03, 2010, 12:48:38 pm
Thanks for the replies so far guys.
7  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Re: Trying to Reflash Bios with Arduino on: January 02, 2010, 08:00:38 pm
I have a breadboard I am going to use.
8  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Interfacing / Trying to Reflash Bios with Arduino on: January 02, 2010, 01:46:16 pm
Hey guys,

I have recently been looking up lots of stuff trying to figure out what I can use to reflash a bios chip with my arduino. Basically it went corrupt a few years back, and I thought it would be a fun project.

The chip in question is a "Amic A290021t-70" and the bios was "Award 1998 PCI/PNP 686". I have found the bios in .bin format. Now my question is is there a way to upload it as a .bin file? And if so what is the process of flashing firmware? Do I need special libraries? Or, should I copy and paste blocks of hex as strings in the arduino and upload them that way? Is this even possible? Can you recommend a good hexadecimal binary editor that lets me copy and paste? The ones I found aren't good.

Sorry this may sound totally impossible or something, I am just theorizing at this point. If you guys have any suggestions for getting this working thanks!

9  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: What would you do if you had a great idea? on: December 30, 2009, 12:58:57 am
Quote from: AlphaBeta
Yeah I was just going to say that! It is the easiest thing you can do, and the post office time stamps make it legal. Definitely do it.
10  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Arduino on a Breadboard! on: November 10, 2009, 10:40:52 pm
Thanks for the replies guys! I am glad to be getting the ball rolling.

CaptainObvious, thanks for the recommendation, I am going to look into that, it sounds good to me.
11  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Arduino on a Breadboard! on: November 08, 2009, 11:57:46 pm
Hey guys,

I finally got around to doing my arduino project. I am new to the whole Arduino experience, and although I have been lurking these forums, I haven't done a lot, and am still learning.

I ended up doing a basic setup on a breadboard. It doesn't have all the fancy stuff on it yet, but I will once I get a small prototype board, then I will do a more permanent one. Since I didn't want to spend money on a programmer, I did the parallel port DIY kind. It looked a little sloppy, but it works. It took me a bit to get it to interface with my family's computer, but it works great, and I uploaded the blink hello world program on it too. That was what really stumped me; getting a sketch uploaded. But I found out all I had to do was change once parameter in the preferences.txt file.

I look forward to learning more with this, and probably tomorrow I will stick some LED's on it and mess with that. Pretty damn fun though.  8-)
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