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03-16-2009, 10:17 AM
After a year or so of messing with my BS2 I finally took the plunge and bought the PE Kit.· Spent the afternoon wiring the bread board (good gosh I hope I never have to do that again!).· I checked, double checked, and triple checked the wiring, followed the instructions, loaded PushbuttonLedTest.spin and wouldn't you know........
It worked....

Program loads and runs both from·RAM·and EPROM

Of course I haven't the foggiest idea (yet) what dira, outa, ina, etc. mean, but it works and "I'm all in."

A few questions that might be addressed in the book:

Does it matter the order I hook up the Prop Plug and battery?·

Is SPIN case sensitive?· Is VariableName the same as VARIABLENAME?

After I complete the Lab Manual I'm very sure I will be reaching out for you folks.· Keep in mind I'm just a simple minded mechanical engineer.

Best Regards
Steve Woodrough·

03-16-2009, 10:37 AM
spin is not case sensitive. does not matter what order prop plug and power are alied as long as both are connected when you try to program.

Need to make your prop design easier or secure? Get a PropMod (http://propmodule.com) has crystal, eeprom, and programing header in a 40 pin dip 0.7" pitch module with uSD reader, and RTC options.

03-16-2009, 11:12 AM
This may help...


03-16-2009, 11:39 AM
Welcome! As a fellow mechanical engineer I think you'll love this chip. The simple multiprocessing aligns well with how I think up programs. I'm finding the Protoboards to be ideal for getting new ideas working quick.


Lunch cures all problems! have you had lunch?

Timothy D. Swieter
03-16-2009, 02:22 PM
Welcome Steve - glad to see the Propeller is spilling over into the MEs and not just the EEs and CSs and CEs.

Timothy D. Swieter, E.I.
www.brilldea.com (http://www.brilldea.com) - Prop Blade, LED Painter, RGB LEDs, 3.0" LCD Composite video display, eProto for SunSPOT
www.tdswieter.com (http://www.tdswieter.com)

03-16-2009, 09:23 PM

Welcome aboard.

You will never regret your decision.

It is worth buying a PE Kit just to be able to work through the learning labs... what a hoot!!!

Trust me on this... forget the battery. Get a power supply kit from SpinStudio. You will eventually thank me.
It has a switch and LED indicator and it is worth it's weight in diamonds.


Get a copy of Oldbit's (Jeff Ledger's) Propeller Cookbook: http://ucontroller.com/Propeller%20Protoboard%20Designs%20for%20the%20Beg inner.pdf

By now you will have figured out dira,outa,ina and clkfreq. Now it's time to start having fun... order a good sized collection of your favorite sensors (that Parallax offers and which are supported in the OBEX). By the time your stuff arrives, you will be almost done with the labs...
...then it is plug and play time. By playing with the sensors, you will get a great idea of where you want to go and you will become familiar with the most commonly used objects (which support everything else and which is the real world stuff you need to have at the tips of your fingers).

Finally, get Andre' LaMothe's book... it is completely misnamed...


It should be called the Propeller Bible. A great reference book... the only criticism of this book was that it is about 42,000 page paper back, which means that eventually the spine will give way to all of the bending.... so duct tape the cover straight out of the box. That way when it falls off, it will stay in one piece and you can hotglue it back on.


03-16-2009, 11:59 PM
Welcome Steve! Great wav file! Watch the Daily Special for other Propeller tid-bits that you can pick up for a good price. Also check out the rest of the ucontroller site when you visit. The SD Card Adapter is pretty handy too. (Oldbit's info will give you more info on this).


"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney

Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
03-17-2009, 12:28 AM

Welcome to the club. :) You are in for a great time!
Don't worry about the million things you don't know, enjoy the journey!
I've been playing with this thing for nearly three years and am still learning cool stuff to do with it.

Every time I start thinking I'm a slow learner, I remember that Chip spent many more years developing this thing. :)


New to the Propeller?

Check out: Protoboard Introduction (http://jeffledger.googlepages.com/Protoboard_Introduction.pdf) , Propeller Cookbook 1.4 (http://ucontroller.com/Propeller%20Protoboard%20Designs%20for%20the%20Beg inner.pdf) & Software Index (http://forums.parallax.com/showthread.php?p=770318)
Updates to the Cookbook are now posted to: Propeller.warrantyvoid.us (http://propeller.warrantyvoid.us)
Got an SD card connected? - PropDOS (http://www.orrtech.net/propdos/)