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klima

Launchpad without CCS

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Hello and sorry if I post in the wrong cathegory. I'm new here.

The question is:

 

Can you easily and safely start the adventure with MSP430 by using a Launchpad but WITHOUT needing to install that huge CodeComposer stuff? Not only it has code size limit (although still fine for Launchpad), but I believe it will try to turn my system upside down while installing. I am not that big fan of this happening, since I mostly use AVR and only wanted to have a look at those great MSP430 chpis. I mean, Launchpad - at this price - is completely leaving all the other microcontroller families way behind. Would be a shame not to try it.

I was thinking about something like ProgrammersNotepad + gcc + some other stuff I need (what?). I use Windows 7.

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CCS install is painless and you can reduce the size by selecting MSP430 support only. Deselect Grace and help/doc files to further reduce the size. I did 3 CCS installs in the last 3 weeks (XP, Win7, and XP on VMW for Mac) and no issues whatsoever.

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