Before we go to the projects, let us first check if our Arduino board is working properly. To do this, let's go to the Arduino site (www.arduino.cc) and download the software. After unzipping all the programs, let's connect our Arduino board using the usb cable provided to your computer. Then launch the arduino interface and open the Blink example. After verifying the program (known as sketch) and uploading it, make sure that the led-on-board is blinking. If so, congratulations, you just made your first arduino project.
If not, and you have the following errors below, don't despair I have the fix.
- a. Connect the board and windows XP will run the driver installation process.
- b. If not, click on Start and right click My Computer.
- c. The System window pops out and select the Hardware tab.
- d. Click the Device Manager button and click Ports (COM & LPT)
- e. You will see the name Arduino in this Ports category
- f. If not, check a yellow question mark on top under Other devices.
- g. Right click and select Update the driver
- h. Under the question - Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software? choose the button that says; No, not this time. Then click Next to continue.
- i. Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.
- j. Select Search for the best driver in these locations, uncheck Search removable media, and check Include this location in the search. Click next.
- k. The wizard will search for the driver and when found. Click finish.
- l. Verify if the drivers have been installed under Other devices: the yellow question mark should no longer present; and under Ports: the word Arduino should now be present.
- a. In the Tools Menu, select Board and choose your Arduino board (Uno, Mega Mini, Pro)
- b. In the Tools Menu, select Serial Port and highlight your com port (com1, com2, com3, com4)
- c.Open the Blink example: File > Examples > 1.Basics > Blink.
- d. Click Verify
- e. Click Upload.
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