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After joining this forum over 3 years ago I thought it overdue that I say hello and contribute something that I hope you will find useful. Attached is a picture of simple booster packs that I make. But are they really a "booster pack"? Hmmm. Debatable! They are cheap and easy to make and I have made 5 of them. I use them all the time because the whole of each project, including the MSP430, is attached to the booster pack. This means I can switch between projects without re-wiring, I can change the model of MSP430 in seconds and I only need one Launchpad. You can see from the picture that I provide two sets of header pins to attach "stuff" to, but provide four header pins for the 3.3V and GND. I also use long-leaded header plugs, partly because I have to solder the strip boards "upside down" (notice the small gap between the strip board and the header sockets) and also because the excess leads are easily accessible test points for things like logic analysers, etc. I keep the strip board to the smallest possible size so that all the Launchpad jumpers remain accessible. I've tried different designs, some with LEDs, switches, small breadboards and more besides, but this is the one I use all the time. I call it a "pop top" because you pop the top off a launchpad and swap it for another, then another. That's all for now. Hopefully it'll not be another 3 years before my next posting!
Just watched The Martian. Great movie. Amazed with the "chemist" Mars expedition team member who was requested to make a DIY explosive device in about half hour's time that features: - USB power - timing with RTC for count down (not sure about this as someone announced power up panel something before the device is triggered) - guaranteed to work giving the condition they are facing - professionally done that doesn't look DIY at all Yeah it's movie but still.. it is the spirit that we care about. Good DIY job! Btw Matt Damon is so special! He got rescued every time in the big screen, from WW2 to Mars!
I'm new to 43oh, but I've read threads here a number of times and it has been a great reference. I wanted my own application board with a built-in programmer, so I designed the application board, and used the launchpad schematics (v1.4, I believe) as the programmer. I have printed the board and populated it. I've been looking around, and I am not actually sure how to program the firmware onto the board. I know that TI has its "firmware updater," but I think this requires that the board already has firmware loaded onto it. The programming portion of the launchpads have a programmer MSP430 and an EEPROM. I would be more or less comfortable programming the MSP430 (at the very worst, by using a pre-built Launchpad), but I'm not sure if there is anything special I need to do to program the EEPROM. I see that some people have made their own launchpads (links below), but they make no mention of loading the firmware. Is there a guide to how to load the firmware onto the Launchpad from scratch, or could someone give me some pointers? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! http://forum.43oh.com/topic/1605-diy-proto-launchpad/ http://forum.43oh.com/topic/1599-diy-mini-launchpad/