Arduino. Getting Started. Part 6.

Arduino. Getting Started.

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
  1. Get an Arduino board and USB cable

    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.

    Arduino MEGA and USB cord

  2. Download the Arduino environment

    Get the latest version from the download page.
    Download Windows Installer and install the program:

    Arduino installer

    By default, the Arduino software be installed in "C:\Program Files\Arduino"

  3. Connect the board

    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.

  4. Install the drivers
    Installing drivers for the Arduino Uno or Arduino Mega 2560 with Windows 7, Vista, or XP:
    • Plug in your board and wait for Windows to begin it's driver installation process. After a few moments, the process will fail, despite its best efforts
    • Click on the Start Menu, and open up the Control Panel.
    • While in the Control Panel, navigate to System and Security. Next, click on System. Once the System window is up, open the Device Manager.
    • Look under Ports (COM & LPT). You should see an open port named "Arduino UNO (COMxx)". If there is no COM & LPT section, look under "Other Devices" for "Unknown Device".
    • Right click on the "Arduino UNO (COmxx)" port and choose the "Update Driver Software" option.
    • Next, choose the "Browse my computer for Driver software" option.
    • Finally, navigate to and select the driver file named "arduino.inf", located in the "Drivers" folder of the Arduino Software download (not the "FTDI USB Drivers" sub-directory). If you are using an old version of the IDE (1.0.3 or older), choose the Uno driver file named "Arduino UNO.inf"
    • Windows will finish up the driver installation from there.
    • See also: step-by-step screenshots for installing the Uno under Windows XP.

      Note house4u: I just plugged the board and driver was installed automatically for my Windows 7.

  5. Launch the Arduino application

    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.)

  6. Open the blink example

    Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.

    Arduino IDE

  7. Select your board

    You'll need to select the entry in the Tools > Board menu that corresponds to your Arduino.

    Arduino select the correct board

  8. Select your serial port

    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.

  9. Upload the program

    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.)

    Arduino, uploading the program

  10. 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.

  11. 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"

    Arduino libraries

    #1 - Open Arduino installation folder. By default, the folder is "C:\Program Files\Arduino".
    #2 - copy libraries.zip into that folder
    #3 - extract archive into current folder

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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