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  1. I have a problem interpretting the temperature reading of a DS18B20 chip. There is a certain situation I am not abble to resolve. This is the example temp table for the chip from the datasheet: an example for reading of -0.5*C is shown as FFF8. Cutting off the 4 LSBits we get 0x0FFF. In signed data structure that is equal to -1, not 0. How am I abble to resolve the difference between 2 readings: -0.5*C and -1.5*C? If 0xFFF8 = -0.5 then what is the form of -1.5? The table then shows an example for -10.125*C. Cutting off the 4 LSBits gives 0x0FF5 which really is -10, then there is no r
  2. I have a very simple lm317 adjustable voltage regulator put together with a voltage display panel to monitor it. I wanted a 1.5v source to use with the flash circuitry from a camera without having to use lots of batteries. I have the terminals on the camera circuit wired to output and ground of my regulator. When I turn the camera circuit on however, it charges extremely slowly, and the display meter cuts out. If I turn the voltage up, the display comes back on and displays between 0 and 1v. lm317 has a heatsink and doesn't feel hot. Power is fine when connected to leds. I tried add
  3. I'm pretty new to Arduino and I'm making my first robot. I'm having a ball. The kit in the URL below came with most of what I need. I'd like to power the Arduino from the L298N, as I've read that its 5v connection is capable of this. My question is, do I connect that to the Vin or the 5v pin on the Arduino? My gut was to use the Vin, but I've seen some pictures that seem to show people connecting it straight to the 5v pin. That's OK to do? By the way, in case anyone's considering this kit - the main parts are great but the instructions suck and you will need much more hardware (screws, st
  4. I'm a computer engineering student taking a class this semester on embedded systems. The course focuses on the MSP430 microcontroller. I'd like to pick your brain for a few moments on the MSP430 and embedded boards in general. As far as things go, I've only worked with Arduino products for hobbies and personal projects. I feel that I have a basic understanding of the relationship between the arduino board, and the ATmel chip on it. I like the system becuase I can remove the ATmel and -- with only a few cents in components -- breadboard it permentantly into a project without sacrificing th
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