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ZeFerby
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2019-11-15 8:18 am  

@stateofconfusion1

Have you checked the COM port (Windows) or /dev/USBxxxx port (Linux) in the Arduino IDE ?

Also try with an "empty" script first (File/New gives such a script with an empty setup() and loop() functions)

Eric


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Pugwash
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2019-11-15 8:53 am  

@stateofconfusion1

Allow me to make the following suggestions.

Restart this exchange in the "Help Wanted" subsection.

Plug Arduino 2 into your computer and see if the Blink sketch is working. you could also try this with Arduino 1 because it sounds to me as if the problem is on the computer side. You cannot fry an Arduino by just plugging it into a computer.

If the LED on Arduino 2 is blinking for one second every two seconds then all is well with the Arduino. You can then try uploading the Blink sketch to the Arduino, then if you are still getting error messages click the "copy error messages" button and paste into a message post.

See ya later!!


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frogandtoad
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2019-11-15 2:34 pm  

@stateofconfusion1

Just a suggestion... it's possible that you copied code from a web page or PDF file etc... and sometimes IDE's only like to have standard text (for example, UTF-8 characters) pasted into them.  Try pasting into a plain text program first, and then paste into the IDE - This may or may not be a problem in this case, but worth a try.


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coalrxs
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2019-11-17 2:02 am  

I am a retired coal geologist and am starting to build a model railroad.  Thought I could use some education in electronics.

I live in SE Ohio near Wheeling, WV.

 

 


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JoeLyddon
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2019-11-17 5:45 am  

@coalrxs

Welcome aboard coalrxs!

The new world of Arduino & all of it's connections will spur your imagination with your model railroad hobby!

Speeds, Lights, stop signals, engine/track controls, sunrise/sunset, & as wild as your imagination takes you will be a challenge for you and Arduino+ !

I look forward to seeing your progress!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Have Fun,
Joe Lyddon

www.woodworkstuff.net


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Robo Pi
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2019-11-17 7:51 am  

@coalrxs,

I'm originally from Pittsburgh PA.  My dad worked for the Union Railroad and I started modeling it.  I actually had quite a bit built, but then I had to move and the layout was disassembled and I never returned to working on it.  I still have all the parts for it in the attic.

Here's some photos of the HO scale layout plans.

This is the ground level.  The two parallel loops in the middle light-blue section are actually inside a tunnel.  The idea being that you can drive one train into the tunnel and have a different train come back out. ? 

Union RR   With   Tunnel

The following picture show a "Coal mine" loop on a mountain that sits over top of the tunnel loops.

Union RR   With   Coal Mine

It might look like a nightmare layout, but the entire coal mine mountain is designed to be easily lifted off in the event of any problems within the tunnel. 

In any case, the parts are sitting in the attic and have been there for several decades.   I probably should get all the parts out and sell them on Ebay, because this is one  model railroad that will never be finished.   Too many other pokers in the fire now. ? 

Oh yeah, I probably should mention.  The pink area is an operational steel mill including a Rolling Mill.  The very thin track is N scale train which I used to simulate an industrial sized train for hauling molten steel around.

In the lower left corner of the yard there is a round house.  My dad used to work at the round house in Penn Hills.   Here's a photo of the actual roundhouse where my dad worked.  I took this picture fairly recently after the railroad had basically all but stopped running.   But they were quite busy when I was  a kid growing up.  You could hear the trains running all the time, even when you couldn't see them.

IMG 2177

DroneBot Workshop Robotics Engineer
James


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egers
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2019-11-29 3:14 am  

Hi, I got started on coding & robotics about a year ago and I am very "eger" to learn more.

 

How would I change my profile?

Thanks


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codecage
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2019-11-29 11:22 am  

@egers

What is it you wish to change?

Click on the "My Profile" tab in the black menu bar near the top of the page.  From the drop down menu that appears, click on "Account."  After getting to your profile information be sure to select the "Account" tab and you can make changes there.  There are a few items that you may not be able to change because they are what identify your account, but several items are yours to change, like adding an avatar.

Welcome to the Forum!

SteveG


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egers
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2019-11-29 6:08 pm  

Thanks!


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Rares 211
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2019-12-09 6:06 pm  

Hello. My name is Rareș. I am from Brasov. I am not good at electronics but i am trying . Also my English is not the best. 


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Fire Chief
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2019-12-10 1:27 am  

Hello All, my name is Richard, I am a retired Firefighter/ Mechanical Engineer. I have been building animatronic props for Halloween displays for the past 6 years using servo motors and gear boxes controlled by Arduino and Parallax Propeller Activity Board. Now it’s time for “Robotics”, I am following Bill’s tutorials on YouTube and building my own DB1. My electronic background is limited, most what I have learned is through YouTube and friends in the Halloween Haunt Community. I am looking forward to communicating on this forum and will pass on any technical information I can offer.


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JoeLyddon
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2019-12-10 7:07 am  
Posted by: @rares-211

Hello. My name is Rareș. I am from Brasov. I am not good at electronics but i am trying . Also my English is not the best. 

Hi Rares!

Welcome aboard!

Not good at electronics...  You will learn it here...  Just keep on studying as much as you can...

... and in the process, you r English will get better & better...

Just keep trying and studying...

You can Do It.

Have fun!

 

Have Fun,
Joe Lyddon

www.woodworkstuff.net


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fabelizer
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2019-12-11 5:24 pm  

Hi All,

Starting at a young age, I became interested in how my electric train worked. (Lionel 027), As I became more and more involved with it, and being fascinated by how the wires leading to the tracks would smoke when the train shorted the middle rail, then learning about lights and such, I was hooked. From there, electric HO cars, then sound (as in radio and amplifiers), and then....how it actually all works became a lifetime quest!

For the past 40 years, most of my career has been involved either directly or indirectly with repairing and building electronics. First on consumer goods, then some time out to manage people, and back to electronics because I missed working with it daily so much.

Over the years I have designed and built dozens of projects. A DC power supply to make a high power car stereo my home stereo, several 555 based Christmas decorations, hacking numerous items to make them more suitable for my applications then they were off the shelf, and my first major uPC project was a chicken coop controller on an Arduino Uno, (in service 6 years so far). The latter controls lighting based on time/date, temperature controls either a fan (summer) or water dish heater (winter), and eventually, it will control the door for the hens.

Now, in my 60's, I have fully graduated to microcontrollers. This came about because of a production supervisor job where I learned how versatile this realm of chips is, and how easy to program! Of course, I have found it is NOT all THAT easy!

So, that's how I came to be here. Willing to learn and share what I know.

Seasons Greetings,

Dave


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Pugwash
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2019-12-11 5:39 pm  

@fabelizer

Welcome Dave, I am also 8 squared years old and after spending the last 30 years as a mechanical/electrical inspector staring in wonder at the insides of control cabinets, the introduction to microcontrollers has taken the mystery out of these systems, finally. All those P&IDs and logic drawings finally made sense. ?

You will no doubt find some interesting discussions going on, as there are all levels of competence represented here!

Just have fun!!


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smileypants707
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2019-12-15 6:20 am  

Hello everyone, my name's Chad. 

I came here because I know virtually nothing about electronics, nor do I know any people who do. I do, however, know my way around a yoyo. Responsive and unresponsive 1a is my wheelhouse. In my opinion, yoyos are the best toy in existence. 

I've als0 been making my own strings for almost 3 years. Which brings me to the specific reason for why I'm here: I have a vision for an [electronic] motorized string making rig; one that can spin multiple yoyo strings simultaneously. While I may have an idea of the desired functionality of the rig, I do not know what I need in the way of parts, or how those parts would be set up to give me desirable results. 

I look forward to getting to know some of you, and to glean valuable information from this community! I'll write up a topic in an appropriate subforum to get into the details of my project. 


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