Windows 8.1 does not allow you to create a custom partition size on a USB key (needed for some netbooks to boot from USB key).
Enter these commands (note my custom partition size if 3072, change to your custom size).
Create Part Primary size=3072
Format fs=fat32 quick Label=”Boot”
Create part primary
Format fs=fat32 quick Label=”Deploy”
Tips on soldering circuits on strip vero boards (part 1).
1. Have a final circuit design (prototype on a large breadboard first with all sensors etc).
2. Print the final circuit design (both sides).
3. Have a cut list.
4. Test cutting strips and cross strip joining with solder or wire.
5. Solder least expensive parts first.
6. Solder shortest parts second.
7. Consider a complete arduino as a base ($40) compared to the time building a $30 system from scratch. Pros and cons of custom over standard shields.
More tips to come.
Maybe I should have ordered this one from freetronics. The label on the freetronics chip would be handy.
This was the result of replicating the standalone arduino system on a breadboard.
The breadboard wire kit did not have a lot of red and black wires so please forgive the crazy colours. I did not have a momentary switch so I got creative with two vertical wires.
One stumbling block was how do I program my arduino (as I did not have a stand alone programmer). I tried removing the existing chip from the Freetronics TwentyTen but it would not budge. I tried with more force but the chip would not budge. On closer inspection I could not see if the chip was soldered into the DIP socket (Googling did not say if it was or not). I considered de soldering the square style dip socket and replace it with a round style dip socket that uses less force. But luckily I decided to gently lever up the chip on both sides with a flat screwdriver and bingo, the chip popped out.
The chip that came in the Freetronics TwentyTen needs to be programmed as:
The ATmega328P MCU chip that came from Willtronics needs to be programmed as:
Where to Next
Moving from a large breadboard down to a permanent circuit soldered to a board and actually driving sensors etc.
I recently performed a clean install to Windows 8.1 and found that there was no COM port driver loaded for my ATmega328P Microcontroller (TwentyTen Arduino compatible) from Freetronics when installing the Ardrino.cc 1.0.5 IDE.
I read the getting started guide.pdf at freetronics with no luck. Opening the device manager and automatically searching for driver does not work on Windows 8.1.
A quick google revealed this virtual com port driver that is WHQL certified for Windows 8.1