Saturday, 31 January 2015

#2 Installing Arduino IDE

This is 2nd post on Arduino tutorial.
If you want the list of posts click here. 
Getting a Arduino Board :-

  • So as discussed in previous tutorial we are now familiar with the Arduino & it's products.
  • You must have any one of those boards with you before we actually begin, so I suggest to buy a Arduino board preferably Arduino Uno from here.
  • Assuming you have the Arduino board we can proceed with the installation of Arduino IDE on your laptop or computer.
  • This Arduino IDE works with any of the Arduino boards [ONLY ARDUINO BOARDS].
Installing the IDE :-
  1. Now it is always suggested to use the latest version of Arduino IDE available, so you can visit the link and download the IDE suitable for your OS.
  2. Click here to download.
  3. Don't download the beta version or nightly builds.
  4. Windows users can download the installer [IDE will be installed automatically] or the ZIP file which contains the IDE [Just Extraction required].
  5. If you have downloaded the Installer then follow the wizard and install the software.
  6. For users who have downloaded the ZIP file, extract the ZIP and you are ready to use the software. [ZIP file can be used from USB pendrive, i.e. ZIP is portable version].
  7. ZIP users are recommended to install the drivers manually, so open the Arduino 1.x.x folder and go to drivers folder.
  8. Now install dpinst-x86 for 32-bit OS & dpinst-amd64 for 64-bit OS, drivers are required so that your computer can connect with the Arduino board through USB for burning code.
  9. This drivers are signed by windows, but if Win 8 users are having trouble installing drivers google about 'Installing Third party drivers on Win 8'.
  10. Congrats you are all set to learn Arduino and get ready to do some project !
Snapshots of IDE:-

This is all about setting up things, now you are all set to work on arduino. Let's make a check list of what we have :-
  • Arduino Board
  • A laptop/Computer with Arduino IDE installed along with drivers.
  • A Breadboard [Assuming you have one for placing Components].
  • Resistors, capacitors, LED's, connecting wires etc etc....
I hope you all know this is basic stuff that we might require for a electronics project.
So get ready for next tutorial and be ready to have hands-on experience.

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