First, I am a brand new (OLDer in years) member. I have purchased the Arduino UNO Board, a 1602 LCD Keypad, and the A4983 stepper driver. As a side item I purchased a little 5 volt Stepper motor which came with its own little board. As for computer experience I may be able to claim one step above zero in knowledge but I am definately not any computer geek.
O.K. I have gone to the Download page (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
) Selected "Windows" as I am using Windows XP, (32) opened the Arduino 1.0.3. window zip. I have downloaded the file, as well I have saved this to my desktop. I have extracted the 6346 or so files, and I can bring these up on my screen showing the +drivers and all the other extras right down to the tools.
I think it looks OK up to here, but seeing all the stuff on the screen just confirms they are in place, not that you can use them. Are you able to run arduino.exe? I believe you can run this even if the installation isn't kosher.
Now I have gone to the getting started page (http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=post;board=2.0
) Scroll down to the (1 | Get an Arduino board and USB cable) and the board shown is similar except I don't have the two white circles with the + - and the "UNO" is only shown on the back of the board as a Model.
The board is a ring-in. This is not a problem, but just make sure it doesn't come with separate instructions. I had to download an exclusive driver and install that. Needless to say, this is not accounted for in the standard Arduino procedure.
When I check the "Device Manager" Plugging in and unplugging the UNO Board I find a "Communications Port (Com 3) no mention of Arduino.
I'm not sure what you are saying here, but it furthers suspicion that you have not installed the correct driver, and Windows is just telling you something is on Com3. This is useful information, but I think Windows should also protest that something is wrong, and actually offer to do something about it..
Now I go to #5 (5 | Launch the Arduino application
) and this is where I am stuck. and it looks like I am out of time in this messgae
I don't know how you can "run out of time", but don't go wandering off to some other page while you are writing to this forum, as you will have to start over.