Ok, so you're my last hope... I bought myself an Arduino UNO for Christmas, but I'm not having fun yet...
I downloaded the software, but when trying to upload an example, I keep getting the error:
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00
2 days of google searching revealed that this appears to be a common error, but so far I didn't find a fix. Either, it didn't work, or the instructions to fix were too much nerd-speak for me to decipher (I'm NOT an computer geek). But I suspect that the Computer isn't yet communicating with the Arduino.
What I have:
- an old computer with Windows XP
- an Arduino UNO StarterKit
- absolutely no clue. I thought I'd learn it all hands-on via an online video workshop, but it seems like I cannot even set this thing up.
What I tried:
plugging in the Arduino via USB. This produced "Unknown Device" on my Device Manager
the Arduino starts blinking when connected, so it's getting some power at least
chose the Arduino UNO in the Tools section. The 'serial port' is preset on COM1, no other option is shown.
followed the instructions to install the arduino.inf driver from the 'Troubleshooting' Section. Didn't work, I couldn't find the file in the (recently) downloaded software pack.
found an enhanced download online that promised to install the drivers automatically.
since then, my Arduino software tells me in the bottom line "Arduino UNO on COM1", but the error message continues.
opening my Device manager and trying to update the driver by hand: still "unkknown device" and "The hardware was not installed because the wizard cannot find the necessary software"
tinkering with 'update driver' in the device manager, I tried an option saying "Don't search. I will find the driver to install". This sent me to a menu where I could choose 'Arduino' and 'Arduino Uno'.
The computer installed something, but finished with a error code: "this device cannot start(10)"
result: my Device Manager now shows a new port labeled "Arduino UNO(COM2)", the "unknown Device" vanished
problem: when I choose "Tools" and "serial port" in my Arduino software, the only option shown is still "COM1". The error message continues when trying to upload a program.
-multipe computer restarts, both with and without the arduino board plugged in, did not change anything.
So, am I missing something obvious here? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
Btw, I tried the "Loop-Back Test Instructions". You lost me at point 6., because I don't know what a Terminal Application and a Serial Monitor might be...