Those who worked with Arduino, may skip this section...
It is time to start a specific action. To begin, I would advise you to buy a card Arduino. I'm not here to advertise shops, but the Internet simply overwhelmed with offers. I currently buy ordinary cheap Chinese counterparts on the site aliexpress. If you do not want to wait, you may buy it in your local shop.
And so, let's say you bought a Arduino MEGA. This is almost half of the case :) Let's try to connect it to begin with.
Original article on the connection to be at this location. I just print it here, almost "as is", with slight modifications.Connecting Arduino
In this tutorial, we assume you're using an Arduino Uno, Arduino Duemilanove, Nano, Arduino Mega 2560 , or Diecimila. If you have another board, read the corresponding page in this getting started guide.You also need a standard USB cable (A plug to B plug): the kind you would connect to a USB printer, for example. (For the Arduino Nano, you'll need an A to Mini-B cable instead.)
Note house4u: We have Arduino MEGA 2560. USB cable comes with the Chinese board.
Get the latest version from the download page.
Download Windows Installer and install the program:
The Arduino Uno, Mega, Duemilanove and Arduino Nano automatically draw power from either the USB connection to the computer or an external power supply. If you're using an Arduino Diecimila, you'll need to make sure that the board is configured to draw power from the USB connection. The power source is selected with a jumper, a small piece of plastic that fits onto two of the three pins between the USB and power jacks. Check that it's on the two pins closest to the USB port.
Connect the Arduino board to your computer using the USB cable. The green power LED (labelled PWR) should go on.
Note house4u: We do not care. Simply connect the USB cable to the computer and board Arduino.
Note house4u: I just plugged the board and driver was installed automatically for my Windows 7.
Double-click the Arduino application. (Note: if the Arduino software loads in the wrong language, you can change it in the preferences dialog. See the environment page for details.)
Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.
You'll need to select the entry in the Tools > Board menu that corresponds to your Arduino.
Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, you can disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.
Now, simply click the "Upload" button in the environment. Wait a few seconds - you should see the RX and TX leds on the board flashing. If the upload is successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar. (Note: If you have an Arduino Mini, NG, or other board, you'll need to physically present the reset button on the board immediately before pressing the upload button.)
A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the pin 13 (L) LED on the board start to blink (in orange). If it does, congratulations! You've gotten Arduino up-and-running.
If you have problems, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.
For correct operation of the controller and some examples are needed more additional libraries that are not in the Arduino IDE by default. Copy the archive libraries.zip and extract its contents to the directory "C:\Program Files\Arduino"
#1 - Open Arduino installation folder. By default, the folder is "C:\Program Files\Arduino".
Total 10 steps ... I hope you got it! We are not just connected the arduino to the computer, but also have uploaded a sketch or "firmware" into it. Cool!
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