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Newbie needs a kick start..

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 8:43 am
by ngp99
I have the Freetronics quickstart guide and I have installed the USB driver OK.

I have the latest Arduino IDE (what does IDE mean, anyway?) v 1.0.1

I see a blue LED, permanently on.

I did see the adjacent red LED flash. If I press the reset switch I ged a ripple of flashes and then one flash of one second. That is all.

The Freetronics notes says the blink sketch is preloaded and the red LED will flash at one second intervals, plural.

The note refers to V0022.

Do I have a problem understanding this?

Have I got a dud EtherTen?

Is v1.0.1 too new?

Did I stuff up the sequence of installation? The Freetronics USB driver instructions appear to conflict with the EtherTen getting started notes.

Re: Newbie needs a kick start..

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:26 pm
by ngp99
Thanks for your comment.

I have now gone ahead and loaded Blink from the Arduino 1.0.1. It works fine. I guess the programme was not preloaded after all, or perhaps something weas dodgy with it....

FWIW#1 For those who don't know, I now know what IDE stands for - Integrated Development Environment

FWIW#2 Serial Monitor is a feedback to your PC screen. T o select, go to Tools>Serial Monitor. Below is a modification I made to blink by pinching a couple of lines from SPI Barometric Pressure Sensor that uses this. This must be the first new language I have used in about 35 years.

The yellow TX LED now flashes in unison with red LED and a message is written on the little monitor as well. I assume this is a kosher way of doing it. I'm surprised by the amount of heat in the board.

Turns on an LED on for one second, then off for one second, repeatedly.

This example code is in the public domain.

// Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards.
// give it a name:
int led = 13;

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {
// initialize the digital pin as an output.
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
digitalWrite(led, HIGH); // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level)
delay(1000); // wait for a second
digitalWrite(led, LOW); // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW
delay(1000); // wait for a second
Serial.println("Hello Bastard ");

Re: Newbie needs a kick start..

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:46 am
by csconsulting
yea my etherten didnt have a preloaded program either.
Had me worried for a second!