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Everything posted by admirlk

  1. Well, I got the first stage doing something on a breadboard. The wave flattens out quite a bit, but I used my laptop for a signal source and it does not go very loud, so all I could see was slightly wavy trace on the outputs. I was not able to tell, for sure, if the outputs were different, or not, but I do not expect them to be very different. I could not get a 4066 locally, so I am waiting on that to add the second stage.
  2. Yea, I plan to breadboard it first, only problem is I do not expect to see the LM3915s until the middle of next month. I have one more part to figure out, the clip indicator. Since it needs a reset button, to turn it off, if it goes on, it is not as straight forward as just turning it on. I tried making a truth table, but for 0 & 0 no change is made. clip reset result 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 It is trivial in
  3. i have that one and the TI one, basically the same. The rectifier comes from there, as well as part of the switch. If I knew more about electronics, I could probably pick things out better. The guy at the electronics shop asked me why I do not pick simple projects to do. The only answer I could give is that would be too easy. While I generally need help, I learn ,more if I am in over my head. I think I have the hold part sort of figured out, although I do not think I have it right.
  4. OK, I think I have the switching mostly worked out. I need to redraw and organize this better, but I think the idea is sound. If I understood the description right, I should be able to take a branch from the rectified signal, pass it through a resistor and capacitor, in parallel, then in and out of the 4066, and finally tie it to the signal input on the LM3915. That does not sound right though, and I feel like I am missing something.
  5. Double post, not sure how that happened.
  6. Hmm, After going through 300 or so magazines, I found one project using a LM3914, but it was unhelpful. In my web searches, that landed in a forum where this question was asked, someone always says there is an example in the datasheet, but no matter how many times I look I cannot find it. Or that examples are readily available, but that is close to an example as I can find, which is why I tried asking for myself. A couple times a circuit similar to the one I mentioned was mentioned, but only as far as a parts list. I did finally find one, in the datasheet, that had a switch, so I have an idea
  7. I will probably switch to using a micro, but getting something working, without one, should help me with writing the code. I record concerts, and recently switched from recording into a laptop to a multi channel recorder. While I have used worse, the deck's meter is lacking, compared to the software one I am used to. One reason for building this is to get more resolution, the only markings are at -18dB (?) and 0dB. Also, there is no peak hold, so unless I am looking at it, when a spike happens, I do not know how close it came to clipping. In addition, I also want to add a clip indicator,
  8. Cool, it is certainly cheap enough, that I will probably go ahead and order one. Not sure when I will get to use it, but it never hurts to have test gear.
  9. That is exactly what I was looking for. Switching all at once would be better, but cannot have everything. I started with the value line workshop, but did not care for all the C&P involved. The book seems to give better detail on why you are doing something, as you are doing it. Plus it allows me to work on a breadboard, and figure out how I need to write the code to make it work, as my first question shows. Unfortunately I have not had time to move onto the next step; adding a second LED and button. I have taken a little time to look into logic analyzers, and found this one on e
  10. I was hoping there was a setting, or something, I did not find. If I remember right, it was easy to switch back and forth in VS. I have a PDF that goes up to 0xff, on one page, so that is handier than using a calculator. I could probably whip up a converter to do the same easy enough also. I did that for converting to/from metric because I got tired of looking it up all the time. I hope to get past the LEDs eventually, but there is a lot more for me to learn, and I cannot just breeze through it all, like with Arduino. And before someone says look into Energia, I am not looking for the ea
  11. Hi, I have not gotten to interrupts yet, just just the cheap and dirty way the book describes. I need to wrap my head around bitwise operations first. I also need to get used to CSS. I never looked at registers before, except for the little assembly programing I have done, so I did not think to do so originally. I did find them, and found out why I got lucky, all the pins were set at the start. That leads me to another question: is there a way to switch to binary from hex? It would save me having to look at a chart to see what actually changes. veryalive, I have an analog scope, I th
  12. Ahh, I kept missing that second part, and it makes sense. It is good to know that I just got lucky on my first try. Now I will not be scratching my head, next time when I would probably not be so lucky. Much thanks!
  13. Since I am liable to have a lot of these, I figure it is best to just consolidate them all into one thread. I think I am fairly competent in C++, for desktop, but am new to embedded. My electronic knowledge is very basic, at best. Most of my questions will most likely concern the architectural, or electronic, elements of the msp430g2553 in general, since that is what I am working with, although they could be more general, or involve code, as I learn more. I am currently reading MSP430 Microcontroller Basics . If you are familiar with the book , you will know it involves a different c
  14. Oops. I kind of mixed several things into one there. I should have said; I only have a 32bit Linux VM, so I would have to install a 64bit one. It seems to be working, on Windows, for now, so I should be OK. Going back to CCS6 will be the next thing I try, if I run into problems I cannot find a work around for. I am not sure what to make of the advice/problems part of CCS. Since the code I copied is supposed to be what comes installed with LP, it seems odd that it would show 8 problems with the code. It is either extremely picky, or TI did not do a very good job with the example code. I su
  15. I only have a 32bit Linux VM, buy I think I will be alright for now. I C&P'd the blinky code from the workshop onto a blank chip and everything seems to be working. Now the fun part begins, learning how to actually write the code myself.
  16. Thanks, I am used to these kind of problems, in general. At one time I had a dual boot Linux/Windows machine that did not have a C drive, I put Linux on that drive and installed Windows on E, or something. I am sure you can imagine the mess. I am mostly just venting here, and hoping someone might have had a similar experience and could speed up my troubleshooting. Or maybe it will help someone in the future. Cloud/internet applications tend to be troublesome for me also, due to an unreliable connection. Online installers rarely work for me, as one example. It looks like I can use htt
  17. Following up. I found one similar case, and had several missing entries in the comfig file, as in the example. I think this was caused by having to restart the install. I uninstalled it, put it on the wrong drive in the first place, and it now starts up without a hitch. Then I started watching an intro video, to find my way around, and got stuck at the first step, resource explorer. It refuses to connect, so I get nothing. The help page: http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/Troubleshooting_CCSv6#Resource_Explorer says to enter proxy settings, but I have no idea what that is expecting
  18. This is frustrating. Tried installing yesterday, and after telling me some file could not be deleted and I needed to delete them manually before continuing twice, the files were gone when I looked, the installer locked up. Actually it locked up much of my computer, sound was x'd out and Windows explorer was crashing. I ended up just restarting the computer. I just tried again, and I got a firewall popup this time. I assume yesterdays problems were related, since it completed this time. Unfortunately the program does not start. The attached log file has this in it: !ENTRY org.eclipse.osgi
  19. Well that was a bust, the two updates that are supposed to fix it both said they were no applicable to my computer. On the bright side, the one I found for CCS did eventually install, and when trying to fix updates I found how to search for them, and the other one is for Vista, so I assume I can just ignore it. Hopefully all is good now.
  20. Thanks! I took a quick look,but this is going to take some time to do. Besides updates not working, I have not been able to shut down the machine, without turning it off, for just as long. Hopefully this will also fix other MS related problems I have. I will let you know how it all goes.
  21. It appears that CCS requires certain Windows Updates to be installed, before it can be installed. I found one of the two missing ones, but Windows Updates have been broken for several years on my machine. In other words, the 26k file I found is at 0% after 10 minutes. The last time I tried a similar sized update, it was at 0% after 24 hours. I will leave this going for now, but am not expecting it to get past 0%. I noticed in another thread that the CCS6 license is now free and found the download for it. I am curious if an older version will have the same requirements, or not. I have had
  22. Well, we are in the same boat then, so maybe it is even ones out. I just started writing my current project, desktop app, for real. I used no documentation in the "breadboard" versions, so I am having to go back to the APIs and relearn what I did. Unfortunately it is all sub-classes, at this point, so I am not sure where I added functionality for one operation, or another. Since I do not remember what order I added stuff in, I do not Know if things that are not working just need other sub-classes fleshed out, or if I am doing something wrong. I just need to remember to go back and document
  23. I know this is an older post, but it struck a "pet peeve" nerve. I recently went back to school, I had to learn how to use a calculator because they were not allowed in math class when I was in high school, and was surprised at how often people did not bother to even copy things by hand. When we had peer reviews, or otherwise were able to see each other's code, there was always at least one that was a direct c&p of code that did not even work. Had they copied it by hand, and read it in the process, they would have realized that it did not work. Keep in mind, these are simple school pr
  24. I like cloud based apps even less. Maybe if I lived someplace where internet was more reliable I would feel different? Although old, I have a desktop machine with four HDDs, so space is not an issue, except for MS apps that insist on being installed to the C drive. For that matter, I do not care that much for apps that come with installers either. All that said, I do realize that there are some advantages to web/cloud based apps. The main project I am currently working on is a good example. It is similar to https://partsbox.io/ , but is meant to be used on a thumb drive, if desired. I s
  25. Thanks bluehash. cubeberg, not real surprised, this seems more like a real platform than Arduino. Web development is what I am trying to avoid, even though that is where most of the work is in my area. It is hard to get interested in developing web apps, when I dislike using them, for the most part.
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