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1  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Arduino 022 IDE, how to set compiler errors window colors? on: October 15, 2011, 05:07:01 pm
PaulS
Thanks very much!
2  Using Arduino / Programming Questions / Re: Arduino 022 IDE, how to set compiler errors window colors? on: October 14, 2011, 09:03:21 pm
Changing the font size really helped. 

Where can I find the list of available fonts?  I tried some of the Windows fonts but most were ignored and it used Monospaced.

I would like to try other colors.  Where can I find the hex values for the colors?

Thanks,
Dan
3  Using Arduino / Installation & Troubleshooting / Re: Will upgrade to optiboot solve the stk500_getsync(): not in sync problem? on: September 11, 2011, 02:50:26 am
I was having the same 'not in sync' problem although in my case, the message was slightly different:
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x30 <-- 30 instead of 00.
Also, the TX and RX LEDs were never coming on.
I looked through many forums and tried the suggestions but nothing worked.
I then played with the COM port and it fixed the problem!
I was using COM3 which was the default.  As far as I knew, I did not have anything using COM3 but then I remembered playing with a USB to Serial card about a year ago.  So for the heck of it, I changed COM3 to COM9 and it worked!  YEAH!!!
Here's what I did:
(I am on Vista) Control panel - System - Device Manager - Ports - Arduino -  Properties - Port Settings - Advanced and changed COM Port Number to COM9.  I OK'ed my way out of the properties and then ran the IDE.  I went to Tools - Serial Port and set it to COM9.  When I did that, it listed COM9 but there was not a check mark which I had seen when I was using COM 3.  So I clicked on COM9 and the check mark was added (dunno what that means).  I loaded the blink example (File - Examples - 1.Basics - Blink), uploaded it and it ran smooth as whistle!

So, my suggestion is try different COM ports, from 3-9 (I found a note saying Aruduino doesn't like ports above 9).
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