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MK1888

My Arduino clones have been fine with my WinXp machine using Arduino IDE 1.6.11.  And now it just started acting up, not compiling sketches that I know compile fine.

So...Is there any reason not to upgrade to the latest IDE version (1.8.10)?  It has been a while since I used Arduino, so I don't remember if I had 1.6.11 for a reason or if I just never upgraded.

ballscrewbob

There can be a multitude of reasons something will not compile.
Given you machines OS is obsolete you could possibly run some minor issues.
Recently retired my last XP machine so cannot help much there.
However you have not given us any clues that could help you fix it.

Most of us hold off on brand spanking new releases until we get a few reports in.
Given how recently 1.8.10 was put out my own view is to wait a week or two.

I have had no issues myself with 1.8.5 which seemed quite stable under win 7, 8, 10.

Bob.
It may not be the answer you were looking for but its the one I am giving based on either experience, educated guess, google or the fact that you gave nothing to go with in the first place so I used my wonky crystal ball.

MK1888

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Sep 14, 2019, 04:18 am Last Edit: Sep 14, 2019, 04:20 am by MK1888
Not sure what clues I can provide.  It was working just fine until a couple hours ago, and now I can't compile/upload anything.  I've not rebooted yet, which will likely fix it.

But here's a weird observation:  I installed the Optiboot onto one of these Nano clones via my Linux Mint machine.  When I then connect the Nano directly to the USB port the onboard LED blinks a little.  But when I connect this same Nano to the USB port of my WinXP machine the LED will do a much longer LED blink sequence.

And I don't need the latest Arduino, I can install 1.8.5.  My question was more about whether there is a reason to have 1.6 vs. 1.8.

ballscrewbob

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Sep 14, 2019, 04:27 am Last Edit: Sep 14, 2019, 04:27 am by ballscrewbob
There is usually some sort of error in the lower console.
Those provide the best clues to people who want to help.

Not sure why the blink frequency would change without actually changing the sketch itself unless there was some difference in the voltage the USB ports provide and even then I would not really expect it to be so noticable.

You could of course just download 1.8.10 as the ZIP and run it in portable mode to see if it is any better.

Also when was the last time you did a decent clean up of the XP box.
Seen crud cause odd issues on win 98 to XP
May or may not help !

Bob.
It may not be the answer you were looking for but its the one I am giving based on either experience, educated guess, google or the fact that you gave nothing to go with in the first place so I used my wonky crystal ball.

MK1888

Rebooting the XP machine fixed it.  I bet there's some issue with the USB serial driver.  The long LED blink sequence seems to be the OS doing some USB com stuff.  If I just press the reset button on the Nano it will only do the same short blink sequence as on the Linux machine.

ballscrewbob

Always worth a restart before worrying about issues.
You may still want to have a go at a portable install to get some of the newer features.

Glad you are running.

Bob.
It may not be the answer you were looking for but its the one I am giving based on either experience, educated guess, google or the fact that you gave nothing to go with in the first place so I used my wonky crystal ball.

MK1888

Yeah, I'll try a portable install.  Thanks.

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