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Posted: 2011-03-29 20:37 
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I just ordered the Arc32 and being a beginner I'm nervous.
My life-size R2D2 is RC and needs servo ports badly.
I'm currently restricted to 6 channels at this moment n my Ps2 controller.
Will the Arc32 be a hard board for me to learn?
Will basic be the best choice for me?
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Posted: 2011-03-29 20:43 
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Depends on where you're starting from!

Do you know BASIC? Or possibly some other computer language?

Have you programmed the Basic Atom or Basic atom Pro? Or perhaps the Basic Stamp?

Knowing one of the Atom products is very close to what you'll encounter in the ARC-32.

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Posted: 2011-03-29 20:48 
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I played with basic a few years back, Ut I better say I'm a fresh Newbie.
I won't be using the board for anything other than servo control with the Lynx Ps2 controller.


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Posted: 2011-03-29 21:00 
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Hi and welcome,

It is a nice board with lots of IO and can run quite a few servos. I have a Phoenix with 18 servos that is running using one of these.

It is pretty easy to learn how to to use this board and there are several of us here that try to help out. You mentioned in your second post that you will only use this for reading the inputs from a PS2 and to control some servos. From your description, I assume there is some other processor or the like that is controlling the whole thing. That is when the user moves a joystick on the PS2 and some action is supposed to happen, what is taking the inputs and deciding what to do with it and then tell the servos or other components what to do?

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Posted: 2011-03-30 00:40 
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there is PS2 code you can cut and paste.

Start out by driving a servo or two.

You'll have to add code to decode the joystick commands. the hexapod examples may give you some ideas.

It's not hard!

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Posted: 2011-03-30 07:21 
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I say the same, ist not hard (Im a complete noob allso)

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Posted: 2011-03-30 15:56 
 Post subject: Re: Arc32 beginner
Thank you everyone for the warm Welcome.
My R2 can be seen at Tomsr2.blogspot.com
I only use R/C on him through a Ps2 controller and a C6C board, But I have
Many doors and things to move. That's the reason for the Arc32.
Maybe in the future I can use sensors for some automated features.
I downloaded the code programmer from MicroBasic and hope this is what I need.
Once the board arrives I'll start coding.
I'll have a ton of questions, So I hope I don't drive everyone nuts.
I guess the Arc32 can handle the load, it will be the only servo driver in the droid.
I plan to use the 12 channel sound card from Sparkfun if it will work with the Arc32.


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Posted: 2011-03-30 18:48 
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12 channel sound card from Sparkfun if it will work with the Arc32?

Not sure what a sound card has in common with the ARC-32!

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Posted: 2011-03-31 15:16 
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The Arc should be able to send a trip signal to the card.
This will give me sound in R2. The old sound system needs updating.
The Arc will drive my Sabertooth for the feet and dome, The doors and other
Items are just standard servo actions
Can't wait till the Arc gets here.


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Posted: 2011-03-31 16:52 
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OK, sure. You can send simple digital hand-shake signals, or even bit-bang serial messages.

What sound card do you have? You can easily connect up a SpeakJet or SoundGin chip. There is an Arduino board (shield) that supports both the SpeakJet chip and a TT256 chip. Easy to connect up, just TTL RX/TX, and a handshake if you desire. (+5 needed too).

I think there are some R2D2 sounds for the SpeakJet and other stuff on this forum!

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Posted: 2011-04-09 17:01 
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Can someone tell me if this will power the Arc while I learn to use the board.
http://www.lynxmotion.com/p-753-regulat ... 33amp.aspx
I want to order the Ps2 controller and this together.
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Posted: 2011-04-09 17:06 
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Should work like a champ, at least for a few servos...


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Posted: 2011-04-09 17:58 
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Thanks for the quick reply.
I ordered the supply, Ps2 controller and cable, 1 Pico switch for Lynx.
As soon as it arrives I can start setting up the system for R2.


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Posted: 2011-04-09 18:07 
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Alan,
Heres a link to the sound card I plan to use.
http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9715
I figured on using the 18 triggers and have the Arc coded to make them work.
Now that I'm thinking on how to use this card it may not be a good choice because I don't want to use 18 channels to trigger the sound card, I was thinking I could code the Arc using 1 channel and I know that's wrong.
I need a card that can understand the signal sent by the Arc to determine the correct sound to play.
I want to use the Ps2 controller 4 buttons as the control for sound and be able to hold the lower right trigger and the same 4 buttons play a different sound.
I need to look for something else.


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Posted: 2011-04-09 20:55 
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That's an interesting board.

Usually one sends the phonemes to the speech/sound board, or maybe trigger a simple message. Sounds like you wan it all n the sound card. I think I'd consider a separate uP to store messages, if I couldn't store them on board.

The power supply will be fine if you don't hang too much on it.

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