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Comenzando con Arduino en Windows.

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Comenzando con Arduino en Windows

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Cuando la descarga finalice, descomprime el fichero. Aseguraté de mantener la estructura de directorios. Haz doble click en la carpeta arduino-00XX para abrirla. Deberías ver una serie de ficheros y carpetas ahí dentro.

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Cuando la descarga finalice, descomprime el fichero. Asegúrate de mantener la estructura de directorios. Haz doble click en la carpeta arduino-00XX para abrirla. Deberías ver una serie de ficheros y carpetas ahí dentro.

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Cuando conectas la placa, Windows debiera inicializar la instalación de los drivers (siempre y cuando no hayas utilizado ese ordenador con una placa Arduino anteriormente).

En Windows Vista y Windows 7, los drivers debieran de descargarse e instalarse automáticamente.

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Cuando conectas la placa, Windows debería inicializar la instalación de los drivers (siempre y cuando no hayas utilizado ese ordenador con una placa Arduino anteriormente).

En Windows Vista y Windows 7, los drivers deberían descargarse e instalarse automáticamente.

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  • Cuando te pregunten: Puede Windows conectarse a Windows Update para buscar el software? selecciona No, no esta vez. Haz click en Siguiente.
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  • Cuando te pregunten: ¿Puede Windows conectarse a Windows Update para buscar el software? selecciona No, no esta vez. Haz click en Siguiente.
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  • El asistente de instalación buscará los drivers y te anunciar'a que encontró un "USB Serial Converter" (se traduce por Conversor USB-Serie). Haz click en Finalizar.
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  • El asistente de instalación buscará los drivers y te anunciará que encontró un "USB Serial Converter" (se traduce por Conversor USB-Serie). Haz click en Finalizar.
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Puedes comprobar que los drivers se han instalado correctamente abriendo la carpeta del Administrador del Dispositivos, en el grupo Dispositivos del panel de control del sistema. Busca "USB Serial Port" (o Puerto USB-Serie)en la sección de puertos; ese es tu placa Arduino.

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Puedes comprobar que los drivers se han instalado correctamente abriendo la carpeta del Administrador del Dispositivos, en el grupo Dispositivos del panel de control del sistema. Busca "USB Serial Port" (o Puerto USB-Serie)en la sección de puertos; esa es tu placa Arduino.

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8 | Sube el sketch a la placa

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9 | Sube el sketch a la placa

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Get the latest version from the download page.

When the download finishes, unzip the downloaded file. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Double-click the folder to open it. There should be a few files and sub-folders inside.

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Descarga la última versión de la página de descargas.

Cuando la descarga finalice, descomprime el fichero. Aseguraté de mantener la estructura de directorios. Haz doble click en la carpeta arduino-00XX para abrirla. Deberías ver una serie de ficheros y carpetas ahí dentro.

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When you connect the board, Windows should initiate the driver installation process (if you haven't used the computer with an Arduino board before).

On Windows Vista, the driver should be automatically downloaded and installed. (Really, it works!)

On Windows XP, the Add New Hardware wizard will open:

  • When asked Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software? select No, not this time. Click next.
  • Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.
  • Make sure that Search for the best driver in these locations is checked; uncheck Search removable media; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.
  • The wizard will search for the driver and then tell you that a "USB Serial Converter" was found. Click finish.
  • The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps and select the same options and location to search. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.

You can check that the drivers have been installed by opening the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Cuando conectas la placa, Windows debiera inicializar la instalación de los drivers (siempre y cuando no hayas utilizado ese ordenador con una placa Arduino anteriormente).

En Windows Vista y Windows 7, los drivers debieran de descargarse e instalarse automáticamente.

En Windows XP, se abrirá el diálogo de instalación de Nuevo Harware:

  • Cuando te pregunten: Puede Windows conectarse a Windows Update para buscar el software? selecciona No, no esta vez. Haz click en Siguiente.
  • Selecciona Instalar desde una lista o localización específica (Avanzado) haz click en Siguiente.
  • Asegurate que Buscar los mejores drivers en estas localizaciones esté seleccionado; deselecciona Buscar en medios removibles; selecciona Incluye esta localización en la búsqueda y navega al directorio drivers/FTDI USB Drivers dentro de la carpeta de Arduino que has descomprimido previamente. (La versión más reciente de los drivers se puede encontrar en la página web del fabricante delchip FTDI.) Haz click en Siguiente.
  • El asistente de instalación buscará los drivers y te anunciar'a que encontró un "USB Serial Converter" (se traduce por Conversor USB-Serie). Haz click en Finalizar.
  • El asistente de instalación de hardware volverá a iniciarse. Repite los mismos pasos que antes y selecciona la misma carpeta de instalación de los drivers. Esta vez el sistema encontrará un "USB Serial Port" (o Puerto USB-Serie).

Puedes comprobar que los drivers se han instalado correctamente abriendo la carpeta del Administrador del Dispositivos, en el grupo Dispositivos del panel de control del sistema. Busca "USB Serial Port" (o Puerto USB-Serie)en la sección de puertos; ese es tu placa Arduino.

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Double-click the Arduino application.

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Haz doble click en la aplicación Arduino.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, you can disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

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Selecciona el dispositivo serie de la placa Arduino en el menú Tools | Serial Port (Herramientas | Puertos Serie). Lo más probable es que sea COM3 o mayor (COM1 y COM2 se reservan, por regla general para puertos serie de hardware). Para asegurarte de cual es, puedes desconectar la placa y volver a mirar el menú; el puerto de la placa habrá desaparecido de la lista. Reconecta la placa y selecciona el puerto apropiado.

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Comenzando con Arduino en windows.

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1 | Get an Arduino board and USB cable

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1 | Consigue un Arduino y un cable USB

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2 | Download the Arduino environment

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2 | Descarga el IDE de Arduino

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3 | Conecta la placa

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8 | Selecciona tu puerto serie

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8 | Sube el sketch a la placa

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Getting Started w/ Arduino on Windows

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Comenzando con Arduino en windows.

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  • When asked "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?" select No, not this time. Click next.
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  • When asked Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software? select No, not this time. Click next.
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  • Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.
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  • Make sure that Search for the best driver in these locations is checked; uncheck Search removable media; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.
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You can check that the drivers have been installed by opening the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports).

To find out, disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port. Alternatively, you can open the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, you can disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

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On Windows XP, the Add New Hardware wizard will open. When asked "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?" select No, not this time. Click next.

Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.

Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.

The wizard will search for the driver and then tell you that a "USB Serial Converter" was found. Click finish.

The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps and select the same options and location to search. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.

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On Windows XP, the Add New Hardware wizard will open:

  • When asked "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?" select No, not this time. Click next.
  • Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.
  • Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.
  • The wizard will search for the driver and then tell you that a "USB Serial Converter" was found. Click finish.
  • The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps and select the same options and location to search. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.
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The Add New Hardware wizard will open. Tell it not to connect to Windows update and click next.

Then select "Install from a list or specified location (Advanced)" and click next.

Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check "Include this location in the search" and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.

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When you connect the board, Windows should initiate the driver installation process (if you haven't used the computer with an Arduino board before).

On Windows Vista, the driver should be automatically downloaded and installed. (Really, it works!)

On Windows XP, the Add New Hardware wizard will open. When asked "Can Windows connect to Windows Update to search for software?" select No, not this time. Click next.

Select Install from a list or specified location (Advanced) and click next.

Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check Include this location in the search and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.

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The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.

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The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps and select the same options and location to search. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

Alternatively, you can open the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports).

To find out, disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port. Alternatively, you can open the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. On Windows, this should be COM1 or COM2 for a serial Arduino board, or COM3, COM4, or COM5 for a USB board. To find out, open the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. This is likely to be COM3 or higher (COM1 and COM2 are usually reserved for hardware serial ports). To find out, disconnect your Arduino board and re-open the menu; the entry that disappears should be the Arduino board. Reconnect the board and select that serial port.

Alternatively, you can open the Windows Device Mananger (in the Hardware tab of System control panel). Look for a "USB Serial Port" in the Ports section; that's the Arduino board.

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5 | Launch the Arduino application

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  1. Get an Arduino board and USB cable
  2. Download the Arduino environment
  3. Connect the board and install the drivers
  4. Launch the Arduino environment
  5. Open the blink example
  6. Select your board
  7. Select your serial port
  8. Upload a program
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2 | Download the Arduino environment

Get the latest version from the download page.

When the download finishes, unzip the downloaded file. Make sure to preserve the folder structure. Double-click the folder to open it. There should be a few files and sub-folders inside.

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  1. Connect the board and install the drivers
  2. Launch the Arduino environment
  3. Open the blink example
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3 | Locate the USB drivers

If you are using a USB Arduino, you will need to install the drivers for the FTDI chip on the board. These can be found in the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. In the next step ("Connect the board"), you will point Window's Add New Hardware wizard to these drivers.

The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.

4 | Connect the board

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3 | Connect the board and install the drivers

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Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check "Include this location in the search" and browse to the location you unzipped the USB drivers to in the previous step. Click next.

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Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check "Include this location in the search" and browse to the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. (The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.) Click next.

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How To Get Arduino Running on Windows

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Getting Started w/ Arduino on Windows

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  1. Look for the blinking LED
  2. Learn to use Arduino
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  1. Get an Arduino board and cable
  2. Download the Arduino environment
  3. Install the USB drivers
  4. Connect the board
  5. Run the Arduino environment
  6. Upload a program
  7. Look for the blinking LED
  8. Learn to use Arduino
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6 | Upload a program

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5 | Launch Arduino and open an example

Double-click the Arduino application.

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4 | Connect the board

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2 | Download the Arduino environment

To program the Arduino board you need the Arduino environment.

Download Arduino: Arduino 0011 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0011 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0010 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0009 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0007 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0008 for Windows

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0006 for Windows

3 | Unzip the USB drivers

If you are using a USB Arduino, you will need to install the drivers for the FTDI chip on the board. These can be found in the drivers directory of the Arduino distribution.

On Windows, you will need to unzip FTDI USB Drivers.zip. In the next step ("Connect the board"), you will point Window's Add New Hardware wizard to these drivers.

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Download Arduino: Arduino 0007 for Windows

3 | Locate the USB drivers

If you are using a USB Arduino, you will need to install the drivers for the FTDI chip on the board. These can be found in the drivers/FTDI USB Drivers directory of the Arduino distribution. In the next step ("Connect the board"), you will point Window's Add New Hardware wizard to these drivers.

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2 | Download the Arduino environment

To program the Arduino board you need the Arduino environment.

Download Arduino: Arduino 0006 for Windows

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2 | Download the Arduino environment

To program the Arduino board you need the Arduino environment.

Download Arduino: From the software page.

For more information, see the guide to the Arduino environment.

3 | Install the USB drivers

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On Windows, you will need to unzip FTDI USB Drivers.zip. Then, when you plug in the Arduino board, point the Windows Add Hardware wizard to the FTDI USB Drivers directory.

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On Windows, you will need to unzip FTDI USB Drivers.zip. In the next step ("Connect the board"), you will point Window's Add New Hardware wizard to these drivers.

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4 | Connect the board

If you're using a serial board, power the board with an external power supply (6 to 25 volts DC, with the core of the connector positive). Connect the board to a serial port on your computer.

On the USB boards, the power source is selected by the jumper between the USB and power plugs. To power the board from the USB port (good for controlling low power devices like LEDs), place the jumper on the two pins closest to the USB plug. To power the board from an external power supply (needed for motors and other high current devices), place the jumper on the two pins closest to the power plug. Either way, connect the board to a USB port on your computer.

The power LED should go on.

On Windows, the Add New Hardware wizard will open. Tell it not to connect to Windows update and click next.

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5 | Upload a program

Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Sketchbook > Examples > led_blink.

Here's what the code for the LED blink example looks like.

Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. On Windows, this should be COM1 or COM2 for a serial Arduino board, or COM3, COM4, or COM5 for a USB board.

Push the reset button on the board then click the Upload button in the IDE. Wait a few seconds. If successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar.

If the Arduino board doesn't show up in the Tools | Serial Port menu, or you get an error while uploading, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.

A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the amber (yellow) LED on the board start to blink.

Learn More

  • Read about the Arduino Environment
  • Learn about the parts of the Arduino board
  • See the tutorials for some example programs. (There are also some examples available in the examples directory inside the arduino directory.)
  • Look up specific Arduino functions and syntax in the reference
  • The Arduino programming language is compatible with the Wiring language allowing porting applications from the Wiring board to Arduino. Please note the differences between the Wiring and Processing languages.
  • If you're having problems, check the FAQ.
  • If you don't find a solution there, try posting in the forums.

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Arduino Howto

These are the steps you need to follow in order to be up and running:

  1. Get an Arduino board
  2. Download the Arduino environment
  3. Install the USB drivers
  4. Connect the board
  5. Upload a program

1 | Get an Arduino board

The Arduino i/o board is a simple circuit featuring the ATmega8 processor from Atmel. The board is composed of a printed circuit board (PCB) and electronic parts.

There are a few ways to get an Arduino board:

  • buy a ready made board. See how you can buy a board or just the PCB.
    • European distributor
    • US distributor
  • build your own board. If you want you can build your own PCB just by downloading the CAD files from the Hardware page. Extract the .brd file and send it to a PCB manufacturer. Be aware that manufacturing a single pcb will be very expensive. It's better to get together with other people and make 20 or 30 at a time. Since you get the full CAD files you can make your own customised version of Arduino. if you make modifications or fix bugs please send us your changes!
    • purchase parts. purchase the parts from any electronics store. The Serial version in particular has been designed to use the most basic parts that can be found anywhere in the world. The USB version on the other hand requires some advanced soldering skills because of the FTDI chip that is an smd part. Here is a list? of parts for the serial board.
    • assemble the board. We put together a step by step guide on how to build an arduino board. Newbies: never soldered before? afraid of trashing thousands of boards before getting one properly soldered? fear not :) learn to master the art of soldering.
    • program the bootloader. In order for the development environment to be able to program the chip, this has to be programmed with a piece of code called bootloader. See the bootloader page on how to program it on your chip.
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Arduino Howto

These are the steps you need to follow in order to be up and running:

  1. Get an Arduino board
  2. Download the Arduino environment
  3. Install the USB drivers
  4. Connect the board
  5. Upload a program

1 | Get an Arduino board

The Arduino i/o board is a simple circuit featuring the ATmega8 processor from Atmel. The board is composed of a printed circuit board (PCB) and electronic parts.

There are a few ways to get an Arduino board:

  • buy a ready made board. See how you can buy a board or just the PCB.
    • European distributor
    • US distributor
  • build your own board. If you want you can build your own PCB just by downloading the CAD files from the Hardware page. Extract the .brd file and send it to a PCB manufacturer. Be aware that manufacturing a single pcb will be very expensive. It's better to get together with other people and make 20 or 30 at a time. Since you get the full CAD files you can make your own customised version of Arduino. if you make modifications or fix bugs please send us your changes!
    • purchase parts. purchase the parts from any electronics store. The Serial version in particular has been designed to use the most basic parts that can be found anywhere in the world. The USB version on the other hand requires some advanced soldering skills because of the FTDI chip that is an smd part. Here is a list? of parts for the serial board.
    • assemble the board. We put together a step by step guide on how to build an arduino board. Newbies: never soldered before? afraid of trashing thousands of boards before getting one properly soldered? fear not :) learn to master the art of soldering.
    • program the bootloader. In order for the development environment to be able to program the chip, this has to be programmed with a piece of code called bootloader. See the bootloader page on how to program it on your chip.

2 | Download the Arduino environment

To program the Arduino board you need the Arduino environment.

Download Arduino: From the software page.

For more information, see the guide to the Arduino environment.

3 | Install the USB drivers

If you are using a USB Arduino, you will need to install the drivers for the FTDI chip on the board. These can be found in the drivers directory of the Arduino distribution.

On Windows, you will need to unzip FTDI USB Drivers.zip. Then, when you plug in the Arduino board, point the Windows Add Hardware wizard to the FTDI USB Drivers directory.

The latest version of the drivers can be found on the FTDI website.

4 | Connect the board

If you're using a serial board, power the board with an external power supply (6 to 25 volts DC, with the core of the connector positive). Connect the board to a serial port on your computer.

On the USB boards, the power source is selected by the jumper between the USB and power plugs. To power the board from the USB port (good for controlling low power devices like LEDs), place the jumper on the two pins closest to the USB plug. To power the board from an external power supply (needed for motors and other high current devices), place the jumper on the two pins closest to the power plug. Either way, connect the board to a USB port on your computer.

The power LED should go on.

On Windows, the Add New Hardware wizard will open. Tell it not to connect to Windows update and click next.

Then select "Install from a list or specified location (Advanced)" and click next.

Make sure that "Search for the best driver in these locations is checked"; uncheck "Search removable media"; check "Include this location in the search" and browse to the location you unzipped the USB drivers to in the previous step. Click next.

The wizard will search for the driver and then tell you that a "USB Serial Converter" was found. Click finish.

The new hardware wizard will appear again. Go through the same steps. This time, a "USB Serial Port" will be found.

5 | Upload a program

Open the LED blink example sketch: File > Sketchbook > Examples > led_blink.

Here's what the code for the LED blink example looks like.

Select the serial device of the Arduino board from the Tools | Serial Port menu. On Windows, this should be COM1 or COM2 for a serial Arduino board, or COM3, COM4, or COM5 for a USB board.

Push the reset button on the board then click the Upload button in the IDE. Wait a few seconds. If successful, the message "Done uploading." will appear in the status bar.

If the Arduino board doesn't show up in the Tools | Serial Port menu, or you get an error while uploading, please see the troubleshooting suggestions.

A few seconds after the upload finishes, you should see the amber (yellow) LED on the board start to blink.

Learn More

  • Read about the Arduino Environment
  • Learn about the parts of the Arduino board
  • See the tutorials for some example programs. (There are also some examples available in the examples directory inside the arduino directory.)
  • Look up specific Arduino functions and syntax in the reference
  • The Arduino programming language is compatible with the Wiring language allowing porting applications from the Wiring board to Arduino. Please note the differences between the Wiring and Processing languages.
  • If you're having problems, check the FAQ.
  • If you don't find a solution there, try posting in the forums.

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