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976  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: iPAD!!!!!  OMG!!! on: January 27, 2010, 05:52:48 pm
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meh, it looks like an Iphone for old people

Yeah, I want one but it's a bit goofy looking.  I saw jobs holding it and in my head I could hear him saying "We are on the track of the 50 fit woman.  I have found her iPhone".
977  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: is arduino a part of the PLC family? on: January 13, 2010, 10:09:59 pm
Arduinos certainly get used to control CNC-type machines and there are heavy-duty shielded models specially made for the purpose.
978  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Wireless webcam? on: November 30, 2009, 08:43:30 pm
I believe there are wireless (wifi and bluetooth) cameras that would connect to your laptop directly.
979  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: fritzing on: November 05, 2009, 07:08:36 pm
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I tried it on Windows XP. When I move the mouse up to the part window to see what parts are available, I get the blue screen of death.

Makes slow going designing circuits...

yes, that would slow you down all right!

I guess it's more likely a java issue or windows rather than fritzing itself but...

I'm running fritzing on vista but my XP box was whining at me today to upgrade java, maybe that's worth a check.
980  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: fritzing on: November 05, 2009, 06:53:44 pm
I believe there's a new release of fritzing coming soon.  maybe we can take that as an event to generate some interest in places like this forum, make magazine, hack-a-day etc.

I personally have used it to document a couple of projects.  The software is conceptually amazing but I haven't quite done anything useful with it.  For one thing I find the parts choice and representation make it hard to make a tidy breadboard or schematic.(look at the breadboard power supply below).  I'm hoping the new release will help and that we'll get more examples I can learn from.
981  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Best arduino learning material? on: November 05, 2009, 07:17:38 pm
The Tom Igoe book "Making things talk" was an inspiration even if I didn't make those actual projects.



I did get a C language reference book from the library and work through it but I'm still learning a lot as I go along. I learned the most from doing small projects and asking questions here.


982  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: C language IDE for windows file manipulation? on: October 20, 2009, 05:51:43 pm
I should have re-posted.  as it happens processing was perfect for the specific task I was tackling that day.  I was able to read in a .wav file, go over the sample data making changes and rewrite the file.  Munging in code from oscilliscope application let me see the effects as i was working.
983  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: C language IDE for windows file manipulation? on: October 15, 2009, 08:59:25 pm
I have processing and i use it for graphics but I didn't think it could do much in the way of file i/o.
984  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / C language IDE for windows file manipulation? on: October 15, 2009, 08:00:35 pm
I currently use a painfully old copy of dos quickbasic for doing quick and dirty file manipulation tasks on my pc (read a .wav file and do something or other with the data).  It works but it's not happy with vista directory structures, it has dos rather than windows keyboard shortcuts, and it would be good to have the same language on the pc as the arduino.

I'd like to find something fairly lightweight for my swiss-army-knife needs.  What do other people use?
985  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: Other Atmega on the UNO on: January 17, 2011, 04:21:54 pm
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My board = Uno
Devices I want to use (and load bootloaders on)  = Atmega 48v running at 10mhz, 88, 168 and 328.
those are all in the list.  Note that the 48 won't support a bootloader.

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Method = breadboard with crystal connected to Uno board.
I have fumbled around with using arduinos as programmers with variable success.  I eventually bought a programmer.

Once the bootloader is on are you going to plug these into the arduino to load a sketch then plug them into some other circuit to run in?

I'm a little leery of the 10mhz crystal, some of the arduino stuff is fine with oddball speeds, some of it insists on either 8mhz or 16mhz.  Also, if these are factory fresh chips they're likely set up to run on the internal oscillator so you could skip the crystal on your breadboard.

As you note, I'm geographically close (Orleans) and I don't mind helping physically.  You could mail me chips for programming or maybe a phonecall would help.  PM me if you want to follow up.
986  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: Other Atmega on the UNO on: January 17, 2011, 12:05:12 pm
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I have support for a LOT of different vesions of the ATMEGA chip in my version of the libraries. Refer to

http://www.avr-developers.com/

That's a great resource - thank you very much.  I found this in pins_attiny45.c - I guess this would hold for the '85 - right?

Code:


// ATMEL ATTINY45 / ARDUINO
//
//                  +-\/-+
// Ain0 (D 5) PB5  1|    |8  Vcc
// Ain3 (D 3) PB3  2|    |7  PB2 (D 2)  Ain1
// Ain2 (D 4) PB4  3|    |6  PB1 (D 1) pwm1
//            GND  4|    |5  PB0 (D 0) pwm0
//                  +----+


So I take it that we have 4 analog input pins, 6 digital I/O, 2 analog out (overlapping obviously).

How do you handle the timers and other internal differences?  Should most libraries work?  What about specifically software serial and servos?
987  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: Other Atmega on the UNO on: January 13, 2011, 10:49:29 pm
Ok, here's the todbot item on standalone arduinos with atmega8's.http://todbot.com/blog/2009/05/26/minimal-arduino-with-atmega8/ it covers the bootloader and crystal vs internal issue and may give you some help.

atmega88's are pin compatible with atmega8's but have some internal differences. per this http://www.atmel.com/dyn/resources/prod_documents/doc2553.pdf
988  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: Other Atmega on the UNO on: January 13, 2011, 04:48:50 pm
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OK, so if I install the bootloader using the Arduino as an ISP/breadboard method. I should then be able to use any of these chips. Right?
How to I select what bootloader to install?

From what I can read the Atmega88 is not supported?
Is the Atmega48 supported?

One more "kinda" related question.
If i want to use the atmega chip outside the Uno board, but I want it to use it's internal clock. Do I need a special bootloader?

And if I install a bootloader on a chip using the Arduino as an ISP/breadboard method without a crystal. Will is be usable on my Uno running at 16mhz? Not sure if my question is clear?

google "todbot blog" and look for a good post on building standalone arduino clones with atmega8's and where to get bootloaders.

I believe you can use the arduino environment to program for the atmegas you mentioned as well.  If you have a programmer to burn the bootloader you might consider using it to burn your sketch and forget about the loader alltogether.

using the internal oscillator rather than the external crystal is set with fuses on the chip.  Once you've set the fuses correctly you could, conceivably, still use the chip in your uno - you'd need a custom boards.txt entry - see the todbot blog.  This doesn't affect any other chips that you might plug in.

I have spent a lot of time fooling with attiny's, as have others here.  The more I play with other chips, the more i respect the original decision to use the atmega8.  It was a real sweetspot for capability vs size and it's grown nicely with the 168/328.  What i mean by that is: consider sticking with the full-size processor for ease of use unless you need an awful lot of them.
989  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: The Arduino IDE should remember its window size on: December 17, 2010, 07:05:08 am
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If the installer worked, you'll see 4 new "Teensy" items in the Tools > Boards menu, and a couple new menus like Tools > USB Type.
Thanks.  The teensy boards are there i see now and the usb type and cpu speed items are there but greyed out.  Possibly because i declined the usb driver install.  No change in the window restart behaviour.

I'm keenly interested in this though - Where would I look figure out what's wrong?
990  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Uno Punto Zero / Re: The Arduino IDE should remember its window size on: December 16, 2010, 07:18:07 pm
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My latest Teensyduino installer adds a patch for bug #78.  Even if you never intend to use Teensy, you can run the installer on your Arduino 0021 and it should fix this, plus a few other long-standing bugs.

http://www.pjrc.com/teensy/td_download.html

just tried this with vista and 021.  I loaded a sketch, stretched the window then ctrl-q.  restarting the ide it came up with the usual blank sketch.

Is there any way to see that the td install worked?  I don't see any new boards or anything in the tools menu.

By the way, I take it that it'd difficult to make your own changes to the IDE?
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