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571  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Digital Pins Problem on: January 27, 2011, 09:34:33 am
I believe there are only 3 hardware timers and so only 3 "PM-Like" functions at one time.. Perhaps that is the limitation you are experiencing...
572  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: What is stopping my program??? on: December 29, 2009, 07:50:12 pm
>>There is a program running on your computer that periodically probes all serial ports.

Oh.. OK, that makes perfect sense!  I couldn't figure WHAT could be talking to Arduino..  

And starting the serial monitor opens and holds the port, right? So I guess the Arduino IDE loader opens the port, loads the program and closes the port. So the port can be opened/scanned by anyone else.

The computer in question is used by my Son's family and I'm teaching the Arduino stuff to my Grandchildren.. They have lots of other stuff running on it..  

IsTHere a good way to get this answer into a FAQ or the Arduino docs?

Thanks for Thinking and Coding .. Well!

Regards, Terry King  ...In The Woods in Vermont
573  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: What is stopping my program??? on: December 29, 2009, 04:40:38 pm

>While the Sketch is running, open the Serial Monitor and leave it open.
Oohh.. That 'fixes' it..  

What am I doing wrong, or weird, or what do I not understand!

- Will try later with separate power
- LED in BLINK is the onboard LED..

Thanks for the help!
574  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: What is stopping my program??? on: December 29, 2009, 12:16:26 pm
This "Interruption" problem happens with ALL programs I have run, including the simplest BLINK.  It's not code-specific...
Thanks, Terry KIng
575  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / What is stopping my program??? on: December 29, 2009, 12:03:22 pm
Hi, new to Arduino, not to micros. Have new Arduino Duemilanove on PC: XP2, V17 software. Latest USB drivers.

Running first looping programs, fading 3-color LED.

Runs OK, BUT: Every 20 or 30 seconds, something stops the program, apparently does a reset, some Rx and Tx lights flash, then  my program restarts. Even after closing the IDE, this continues to happen.

It seems like some 'monitor program' or something is communicating with the Arduino???    

What is happening here? How can I get a program to run without external interruptions?

Thanks!
Terry King
In Vermont, next Middle East
576  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Workshops / Re: New Curriculum @ Cal State Long Beach on: November 02, 2009, 07:26:43 am
Been a while..  

I am actively working on courseware for use in a K-12 school at a big new University in Saudi Arabia (KAUST).

Anyone active in this subject??  There are some good starts here, and a good overall organization..

Regards, Terry King  ..On the Red Sea at KAUST
577  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / News / Re: Comparison of Arduino Starter kits on: December 08, 2010, 11:59:16 am
SirCastor. Thanks!  You inspire us to put the effort into sharing stuff!
578  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: Buying decision on: January 15, 2011, 03:00:46 am
http://conductiveresistance.com/arduino-starter-kit-comparison-chart/
Has a great review of many starter kits.

A related question is whether you want to do"Breadboard" based circuit prototyping, or use "Electronic Bricks" which are easy to connect to Arduino to start with but are somewhat more expensive..  Here's a link to some info on that option (This is a VERY unpublished Website, so please don't forward this link!)
http://internationalschoolphotos.com/arduino-direct/ElectronicBricks1.htm

One seller is SeeedStudio. See here:
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/electronic-brick-starter-kit-p-506.html?cPath=1...
(Search on BRICK on that site). Also many ebay sellers in China.
579  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Re: Best Starter Kit?: See these reviews on: January 09, 2011, 12:41:49 pm
http://conductiveresistance.com/arduino-starter-kit-comparison-chart/
Has a great review of many starter kits.

A related question is wether you want to do"Breadboard" based circuit prototyping, or use "Electronic Bricks" which are easy to connect to Arduino to start with but are somewhat more expensive..  Here's a link to some info on that option (This is a VERY unpublished Website, so please don't forward this link!)
http://internationalschoolphotos.com/arduino-direct/ElectronicBricks1.htm

One seller is SeeedStudio. See here:
http://www.seeedstudio.com/depot/electronic-brick-starter-kit-p-506.html?cPath=138&zenid=c2631decee2987cd4ad778ad07adecdb
(Search on BRICK on that site). Also many ebay sellers in China.

If you want access to some of my unfinished Arduino Educational stuff, pls email me: terry@terryking.us

You CAN learn a lot and DO a lot with Arduino! Go for it....
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