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61  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Your latest purchase on: February 11, 2014, 06:11:16 pm
As an old fart, I had put off buying the FTDI cable ( $ 20 )  to allow in circuit programming, but I had to buy a USB/ttl module at the weekend, for $4, and it has all the pins available, so I fitted a cap for resetting and the project can be reprogrammed via its USB lead.
I bought  spare one at that price, so I saved $16 on the lead for in circuit programing for future projects
62  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Don't click! on: February 11, 2014, 06:01:02 pm
I hate Facebook !   but it does let me see what my Grandkids are up to on the other side of the world, so I put up with it, but never click on anything that wants to look in my address book..   mutter, mutter ...
63  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Found today on the intertez on: February 11, 2014, 05:56:15 pm
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try out a new concept for The Hammer every four years.

Well said !

I thought of a TV sketch where passengers taking their seats on a new Airbus 980, or Boeing Ogasmiliner, or whatever, hear the familiar tune ( for us XP types anyway ) of Windows booting up, and all rush for the escape doors.
64  Community / Bar Sport / Re: A broken Arduino... on: February 10, 2014, 07:06:28 pm
Very true Tom
65  Community / Bar Sport / Re: A broken Arduino... on: February 10, 2014, 10:55:23 am
I fixed a big LED display panel, that had the 5v connected reversed, and burnt out a whole section of quite thick pcb track, and a melted electrolytic cap.   Big black burn marks, the lot.

When I removed the cap ( which was a shot circuit lump of alloys by now )  the 5v on the board seemed to measure quite normal on a test meter, so I bridged the track, switched on, and all worked OK.

What a hero that electrolytic was !  and like your regulator, as cjdelhpi says, just replace it ( and its cap ) and it should all work fine.
66  Community / Bar Sport / Re: Found today on the intertez on: February 10, 2014, 10:47:06 am
I just like to shut mine down every now and then to clear all its temporary files that I know about, and probably more cache and files I have never heard of.

It works with me when I can get a good sleep every now and then :-)
67  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 11:15:46 pm
"Laptops with Windows XP are frequently found for free in Southern California.."  and it never rains there :-)

I want to upgrade my laptop to 1.6 GHz when I can afford it , but we have to pay for even old slow ones here :-(
68  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 05:08:20 pm
OK,  I have muscled it onto port 15,  and it works with Terminal now, thanks.
69  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 04:53:38 pm
My  normal usb devices are  
keyboard
mouse
scope
WiFi dongle
printer

and I have a couple of free sockets that I plug Arduinos, cameras, memory sticks, etc in to, that are connected to a USB card on the back.

I tried " scan for hardware changes"  but it still comes up with the same list
70  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 04:48:29 pm
When I click on advanced,  it comes up with advanced settings for port 68, and a whole list of ports , all in use right up to 68 !!!

I had some usb extenders attached at some time, when I look at usb devices it lists loads of them:-

8 root hubs,   5 Intel USB Universal Host Controllers ( from 27C8 to 27CC ). and 3  VIA host controllers .

Is there a way to get it to refresh?   
71  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / Re: cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 04:37:51 pm
I am using XP,  I have also just noticed that Brays original version of Terminal only went up to port4 .
72  Using Arduino / Microcontrollers / cant get Bray Terminal to connect to port68 on: February 09, 2014, 03:29:32 pm

I have made 2 devices before that have a USB/ttl converter, a 328 chip, and a 433Mhz transmitter, to send data to a remote dislay.

I have to work with the existing data coming from the PC.

On the previous 2 units, I could test them using the Bray Terminal,  by sending  (2)(32)123456(3)   which evidently is "start of text",  space ,  6 numbers and   "end of text."

The previous usb/ttl converters had lower port numbers than the 68 that this new one has,  and for some reason, Terminal will not detect it.  If I type in 68 and try to connect, it tells me port not available, but if I get it to list the ports, it is there along with port 1 ?

Do the port numbers not reach 68 on Terminal ?

I have tried some other terminals, but I know I battled to get the  command right before, and I think the brackets are for Bray Terminal only ?

Is there a command I can type in the ide terminal?
73  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Serial comms with 3.7V powered arduinos on: February 09, 2014, 06:31:19 am
I dont know ... GrumpyMike ?
74  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Serial comms with 3.7V powered arduinos on: February 09, 2014, 05:08:53 am
Ok, thats not an issue then.
75  Using Arduino / Networking, Protocols, and Devices / Re: Serial comms with 3.7V powered arduinos on: February 09, 2014, 04:10:17 am
What distance and cable are you using,  remember RS232 had high  voltages to avoid noise pickup on the line interfering  ( I seem to recall )
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