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A newbie coming through!

Post by rodah » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:46 pm

Hi all!

I am a student and in the upcoming weeks I am going to work on a project using the chipKIT™ Basic I/O Shield.
I've tried really hard to find other projects and such so I can see how it works and that I can learn.
I've checked the reference manual and many different websites but it doesn't really tell me much.
I would really appreciate if someone could share some links so that I can learn how to start from the scratch.
Anything that might help someone like me with no experience would be very awesome thankful.

If there are any kinds souls out there that's wants to help me I'd be really grateful!

Kind regards /// Really confused student.

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Re: A newbie coming through!

Post by EmbeddedMan » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:13 pm


Well, if you're coming at this with absolutely zero experience, you are going to need to take some baby steps. Like learning C, learning embedded C, learning about the Arduino environment, etc.

What exactly is your end goal? What are you trying to accomplish?

We can do our best to help you through the chipKIT specific questions that you'll have.


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Re: A newbie coming through!

Post by rodah » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:03 am

Well I have taken 3 java courses so I know C pretty good from that. I've also done some exercise in school with using C so that's fine I'd say. I just feel so confused using the chipKIT. We have some templates and I know for example how to use and code the buttons. But I have too many problems with the OLED.

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Re: A newbie coming through!

Post by majenko » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:20 pm

The OLED, and the official code for the OLED, is problematic.

Personally I would suggest using DisplayCore for the OLED (using the SSD1306 driver) since it is about 10000000x more powerful than the OLED official library (if you can even get it to compile).

Also the OLED hasn't really been wired 100% correctly and ideally should have a modification to the board to make it work properly (they hard-wired the chip select pin to GND so you can never select / deselect the display, which means it's possible to confuse it.
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