Mega vs. Uno, and Windows OS?

Thanks for providing this course, Becky. The project I have in mind is going to require reading >30 Serial pins, one-at-a-time, so my first Arduino wil be the Mega 2560. I hope I can use that for this class. What do you think?

Additionally, I tried to compile (Verify) a sketch I found online on XP and failed miserably; doing that on a Windows 10 failed also but not so badly (it just didn't know any Serial commands); I hope attaching the Mega 2560 will fix that problem. Your opinion?


bekathwia6 months ago

Hiya, you can probably use the Mega with this class but since we didn't test it with one, I can't anticipate where you might run into snags (different pinouts, etc.). I can say that if your first project requires more than an Uno can handle, you're probably taking on too much or over-engineering the solution. In my grad class at SVA, I would never approve such a proposal from a beginner! You should refer to the official Arduino site regarding software on Windows-- Have you tried the web editor? you may have to install a driver to get everything working with the downloadable IDE: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/ArduinoMega2560

RonGarza (author)  bekathwia6 months ago

Thanks for the swift response. My concern was buying an Arduino Uno for this class and then having to buy an Arduino Mega for my project. I'm hoping that I can use the Mega as an Uno during this class. Regardless, without any Arduino I cannot appreciate this class, so I have ordered a Mega online (I'll keep your precautions in mind though as I continue with the class once it gets here). BTW, I'm a retired programmer with 39 years experience, about half of which was using C and, while that was business-oriented programming, I AM a beginner when it comes to talking and listening through pins. 'looking forward to it though!