Arduino Tutorial #1 – Getting Started and Connected!

The first Arduino tutorial on getting started and connecting it to your PC.
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In this video I cover the following:

* What is Arduino?
* What is a sketch?
* What is the Arduino (software) IDE (interactive development environment) arduino-1.0.1
* Arduino philosophy
* We take a look at the Arduno hardware.
* I cover how to download the Arduino Software and drivers and then how to install them.
* What happens when the Arduino USB device driver fails and how to solve it.
* I upload a sketch to the Arduino UNO R3 to test it and blink an LED.
* I discuss the project for tutorial #2, a voltmeter with Min Max Ave.
* I talk about the Sparkfun serial enabled 16 x 2 LCD and the challenges it poses.

Arduino Uno R3 features:

* ATmega328 micro controller
* Input voltage – 7-12V
* 14 Digital I/O Pins (6 PWM outputs)
* 6 Analogue Inputs
* 32k Flash Memory
* 16Mhz Clock Speed

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25 thoughts on “Arduino Tutorial #1 – Getting Started and Connected!

  1. One last question, …
    One last question, getting lazy here, how does powering the board work when I? hook up
    9v power and user the USB connection? Does the Arduino have more power to do more

    I’m thinking of creating unattended systems where I can walk up to it and download the
    state via the USB (or eventually wireless shield)

    I’d better stop…

  2. For Arduino I could …
    For Arduino I could see folks designing circuits that draw too much current and fry the
    board (possible?) I haven’t seen someone go into detail about the electrical limitations
    of the Arduino (cover the various analog/digital components). Someone hooked up a
    computer fan to an Arduino. I suspect hooking up my frig will? break it.

    Going over this and then coming up with an idea and designing it on paper and making
    sure the Arduino can handle it seems like a winner tutorial.

  3. I’m enjoying many …
    I’m enjoying many of you electronics videos as a way to get back into this after about
    thirty years doing software development…and I’m doing Arduino just for fun. Just ordered one.

    I have ideas for? new tutorials that combine your expertise in electronics with Arduino. Where is
    the best venue to post ideas for future Arduino videos?

    I like the “design” aspects of your electronic videos where you really calculate how the
    circuit will work and then try it out on paper. Apply this to Arduino…

  4. Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the feedback. I don’t know too much about up grading the processor chip. I know the Arduino Mega’s have more? capability if that is what you are looking for?

  5. Great video. I’m …
    Great video. I’m curious about the power packs you put together for this. I’ve been thinkingto do this? for a lot of my devices but haven’t seen the male/female connectors in significant quantities.
    Is it possible to upgrade the processing chip? Are there more powerful chips ready available
    to upgrade – even if yo don’t blow the processor.


  6. Thank you for this …
    Thank you for this video. That made me decide to purchase an Arduino Uno:) One question: the rubber band you stick to the bottom of? the board is it anti-static? Or should it be anti-static? I have a piece of ordinary white rubber which I believe is not anti-static I wonder if I can use it?

  7. Good Job man!
    I’m …

    Good Job man!
    I’m used to programming chips and soldering them onto boards and making everything from scratch. This board should make things a lot simpler. So thanks for the tutorial.
    Surely many people? will benefit from your videos.
    The LED survived without a resistor 😀

  8. Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the feedback…and yes…it’s wicked they did not include the cable. Hope you get? sorted. Cheers, Martin.

  9. nice, but not …
    nice, but not without the cable everything is useless, which sucks, so I’m going to head to micro center to buy a printer cable? to be able to use this thing

  10. Great tutorial keep …
    Great tutorial keep making them!
    I just bought The Ultimate micro controller pack for arduino uno by Make(Maker Shed), and it didnt came with the cable that connects it to the computer 🙁 how can I program anything without it? it was,US 150$ + tax its BS that it didnt even included that vital thing,
    it came with 2 servos 2 breadboards jumper cables pressure switchers tilt sensors, temperature sensors LCD screen and the arduino uno and a whole bunch of other little things which was?

  11. Thanks for the …
    Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like the application? is crashing for some reason. You need to check your systems logs to see if there is some indication there. Depending on the version of windows you can set the application to run and emulate an older version of windows to see if that works.

  12. Geat Tutorial.Thank …
    Geat Tutorial.Thank you.I have a duemilonove arduino ,I followed all the steps you mentioned in your video.As a result I have the software and drivers donlowded to my computer.when I wanted to try my first blinking sketch I double clicked on arduino .exe file that I have in my desktop(just as shown in your video),a window pops up (a blue one? wih the arduino logo on it)and desapear right away!as a result I could not try my first sketch.Please help.Thank you

  13. I think I will …
    I think I will start with arduino, I have learned the basics of making android apps with? code, so arduino shouldn’t be so hard,.. I think….

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