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Newbie needs guidance, pls help
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Newbie needs guidance, pls help

by kerosen on Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:50 pm

I’ve already had the IceTube clock and I'm waiting the Monochrone. I have a hobby regarding clocks in particular weird, old fashion or odd clocks. The two clocks from Adafruit fit well in my small collection (Nixie clocks, osciloscope tube clock, mA-meters clock etc, I'll come back with pictures).
I need help and advice to be able myself to modify and upload the firmware for both the IceTube and Monochrone clocks. Having basic programming and digital electronic skills and I need a bit of a push (read guidance, thanks :oops: ) to start this.
What hardware do I need from Adafruit, maybe the USBtinyISP and/or something else? What software?
Is anywhere a guide available on how to start? Or a book?
I've always wanted to learn more about the microcontrollers and I think the Adafruit clocks are now an excellent reason to start.
Please advice and I'm ready to take any harsh humour, jokes or cynicism :)

Thank you Adafruit and all the forum members for this very nice community you are.
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Re: Newbie needs guidance, pls help

by adafruit on Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:29 pm

well, both are written for AVRs in a language called C. so we do suggest learning C programming first, theres hundreds of books (with software on a cdrom) or even free online tutorials

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Re: Newbie needs guidance, pls help

by len17 on Sat Feb 27, 2010 7:31 pm

As far as tools go:

For software, see here: http://www.ladyada.net/learn/avr/ There are instructions for installing the software tools for different operating systems.

To load firmware onto the Ice Tube you'll need a USBtinyISP. For the Monochron I think you can use either a USBtinyISP or an FTDI cable.

Here are some tips on flashing the Ice Tube firmware: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=13310

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Re: Newbie needs guidance, pls help

by kerosen on Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:22 am

Thanks a lot for the advice.
I know C and C++ languages therefore I need to purchase the USBtinyISP.
:D
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Re: Newbie needs guidance, pls help

by adafruit on Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:36 am

yes, if you know C you're basically got the hard part done - you just need a programmer!

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