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Dec 03, 2010, 10:27 pm Last Edit: Dec 03, 2010, 10:27 pm by focalist Reason: 1
(cut and pasted from my post in another thread):
right after I uploaded one of my own programs, my RS232-TTL converter blew (max232 workalike by ST) leaving my boarduino dead in the water.  It works just fine, I simply can't talk to it.  Happily, I was sitting on a "real" Arduino, not having even unboxed it yet.  This is my first actual Arduino...  So, I'm now a "Legit" Arduino user

I'll skip getting another max232 for now and use the Arduino as an ISP programmer for the Boarduino I think.  I've been meaning to do this anyway, as I also got a "SmartLCD" device off ebay a while back, it's a ATMEGA168 with a dedicated 4x12 LCD and a couple of buttons.. think I got it for $3 shipped.. just haven't done anything with it as it needs an ISP programmer and I've been too lazy to load the sketch.

So geez, I'm totally new to Arduino.. any recommendations?  ;)


Dec 03, 2010, 10:58 pm Last Edit: Dec 03, 2010, 10:58 pm by pwillard Reason: 1
been too lazy to load the sketch

Are you sure you even want to do anything with Arduino or electronics?


Dec 04, 2010, 01:18 am Last Edit: Dec 04, 2010, 01:21 am by focalist Reason: 1
Someone's RFC really needs to address the worldwide need for a sarcasm font.. or wry smile font.. hehe

The Arduino is of course ready to go out of the box.. which compared to the Boarduino (because the Boarduino is a kit, and uses an external USB-to-RS232 as well as RS232-to-TTL bridges, and the RS232-TTL is also a kit) is up and running sketches within minutes of taking it out of the box.  The Boarduino I purchased as a kit, mainly because it had been far too long since I had done any component work, and needed a little soldering practice.  By the time I had put together the two kits, made cables, and all that fun.. it was a solid few hours until I ran my first sketch- but that was time well spent in my case.

From a software development standpoint, the Duemilanove was of course easier to "get going"-  but I think that I actually learned more at the outset by assembling that Boarduino myself... there's no way I could work with these SMT components on the Duemilanove on my kitchen table without going blind...

Now, back to optimizing FFT code for the updated spectrum analyzer.. just a confirmed junkie getting a fix of the Real Stuff ;)


I only have just one Arduino :D

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