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May 07, 2007, 01:04 am Last Edit: May 07, 2007, 01:05 am by royco Reason: 1

I modified the LED BLINK code to run 2 solenoids(followed the tutorial on solenoids) and was wondering how do I stop after a specified number of loops say 20,000 actuations? I was also thinking of using a selector with resistors so I can select the number of loops before it stops, say 10K, 20K and 30K, but thats still way ahead of me as Im a real newbie with this stuff. Just stopping the loop will be ok for me now.

Using the USB version.




May 07, 2007, 02:48 am Last Edit: May 07, 2007, 02:49 am by jims Reason: 1
There isn't a concept of stopping. A possible solution would be to keep a count of how many loops you had executed and then not blinking after that many have passed. Something like...
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void loop()
 static int loops = 0; // this static variable holds its value between calls to loop()

 if ( loops > 10000) { // if we have looped too long, then turn off
   return; // don't do the rest of the loop function
 } else loops++;  // don't increment after we hit 10000 or we wrap eventually

 // blah blah, the rest of your loop function goes down here

Your loop() function will still be called continuously, but it won't be blinking anymore.

(Note: If battery life were an issue, there are ways to halt the processor, but that isn't an issue when you are plugged in.)


Thanks jims it worked!!  ;)


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