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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0012: Digital Logic1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0012: Digital Logic

    Yeah you can't track it through USPS. You need to go to this website and track it through DHLhttp://webtrack.dhlglobalmail.com/

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0012: Digital Logic1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0012: Digital Logic

    Disappointed in DHL. My package sat for 2 business days before it even hit Orlando than it took Orlando a FULL day to ship it out. My estimated delivery slipped from Nov 3rd to Nov 5th. I guess I'll just have to wait. Looks fun though.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    I use Windows 10 and I was able to get it to connect after removing the jumper and connecting VCC to VCC. It seems the consensus is you probably shouldn't do that but I have had no problems so far.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    I'm done the skull. I left off the piezo buzzer off because well it's sort of annoying. I might add the transmitter when I've completed the evil eye pumpkin so the skull can wake up and also tell the pumpkin to go to sleep.I have really enjoyed this months box.I really

    I'mm done the skull. I left the piezo buzzer off because, well, it's sort of annoying. I might add the transmitter when I've completed the evil eye pumpkin so the skull can wake up and also tell the pumpkin to go to sleep.I have really enjoyed this months box.

    m done the skull. I left off the piezo buzzer off because well it's sort of annoying. I might add the transmitter when I've completed the evil eye pumpkin so the skull can wake up and also tell the pumpkin to go to sleep.I have really enjoyed this months box.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    I've been able to get 100% upload by wiring VCC to VCC on the UART side as AdamP95 has commented. I didn't have to mess with any of those Arduino settings except to set the board. I did have to set the baud rate on the parts that use the Serial Monitor. I also found I couldn't get the speaker (not Pizo) to work unless it was plugged into the USB for the Serial Monitor AND plugged into a 9v battery BUT I think one of my boards grounds is bad. There is one ground on one board that doesn't work with anything. I might just melt the solder, suck it up, and re-solder. Cold solder joints can be hard to spot. I also think I have the same problem on my evil LED grids since moving them causes distortion in the output. I've been away on business this weekend so I haven't touched the box in...see more »I've been able to get 100% upload by wiring VCC to VCC on the UART side as AdamP95 has commented. I didn't have to mess with any of those Arduino settings except to set the board. I did have to set the baud rate on the parts that use the Serial Monitor. I also found I couldn't get the speaker (not Pizo) to work unless it was plugged into the USB for the Serial Monitor AND plugged into a 9v battery BUT I think one of my boards grounds is bad. There is one ground on one board that doesn't work with anything. I might just melt the solder, suck it up, and re-solder. Cold solder joints can be hard to spot. I also think I have the same problem on my evil LED grids since moving them causes distortion in the output. I've been away on business this weekend so I haven't touched the box in about 3 days but the wife says she bought me a pumpkin to outfit and a proper prop to add the servo too. I haven't seen either yet but Halloween shopping before I left on business is sad; everything already got LED's and motors. I hope to post an "I made it" in the next week. I still haven't messed around with the relay yet but I thought of using it to cut of the signal from IR sensor. We'll see how that plays out.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT1 month ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    Step 15I have a different board than the picture which is noted in the section. I have the same board in the page you linked. I wired it as such and all is good. Can I assume that was on purpose? It seems like you purposely add some deviation from the instructables. Making people hack purposely! Deviate from the plan. It's a nice touch if its done purposely.I'm almost done but I haven't built any sort of animatronics yet. I just haven't found the right model yet. I'm going to hit the Halloween store next week and find some inspiration.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    I believe the mini is getting powered by the I/O pins. I noticed with just the I/O pins and ground connected the Pro mini still powers up when the USB adapter is plugged into a computer.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0011: HAX0R TREAT

    Thanks. That worked perfectly. I was already powering the Arduino w/o the battery but I never thought to hook up the VCC's.

    Anybody got any tips for getting the timing down of releasing the reset and clicking upload for the Arduino Pro Mini? I've tried countless times and I can't get it. I've tried the Win 10 drivers and than the CH341 drivers to no avail. I've tried different baud rates, still nothing. I haven't tried on my Linux box yet. I did a loopback test on the CH340 adapter so I know Rx/Tx communication is working.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi

    My file system stayed persistent after edit. Maybe it is replaying the file system journal and reverting back to before the change. Maybe the sd card isn't getting unmounted properly before it reboots. I had a linux machine that did that with a dying ssd drive. Have you tried a different sd card than the included one? The included card was slow and kept hanging for me. My other cards didn't exhibit these problems.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier. I was send you a PM. I didn't keep the keypad matrix code... it sort of became my 4 function calculator code so I sent you that. I hope it helps. Tell your daughter not to give up. I almost did myself a few times but once I got it figured out I found I wanted to learn more like how to draw custom characters on the LCD screen. Good luck!

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi

    This was an annoying part of the project for me. I had to re-watch the video a ton of times to figure it out. The code shown is using Pi libraries but the code you need should use A20 libraries noted in the instructable. You need to convert the code.to this library. Look at the examples folder from the blinking red LED and the reference link in the instrucable.I could post you some of my code but it would honestly be a disservice to you. The code samples I kept were complete and comprehensive and I don't want to necessarily give you the answer. I spent an weekend evening (I was up LATE) figuring some of it our myself. Great thing is once I got through it, I asked myself what I can do next and went off the rails from there. Good luck!

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi

    I found a solution to get the on board Wifi working with RetrOrangePi on the Opi Lite.sudo -ivi (or nano) /etc/modulesAt the bottom insert:8189fsand save the file. Reboot.

    You need to create /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf from the output of wpa_passphrase "<ssid of your network>" in step 2-A. Notice the redirection in ruthsarian's post

    I found a solution to get the on board Wifi working with RetrOrangePi on the Opi Lite.sudo -ivi (or nano) /etc/modulesAt the bottom insert:8189fsand save the file. Reboot.

    I tried this and my OPi system stopped shutting down properly on init 0 or init 6. File system checks on every reboot... It kept re-mounting unmounted fs. The solution for me was to start frash, choose nl80211 on desktop, and make sure locale is set to America/New_York via "dpkg-reconfigure tzdata" (It was set to Europe -- notice during apt-get upgrade msg). Once I did that it connected flawlessly on every boot. I also implemented your MAC address mod to maintain a constant DHCP address on my router.

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  • mainegeek commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi2 months ago
    HackerBoxes 0010: Phython Pi

    Never mind. I put one of the resistors on the pin 2 (5v) and the screen is clear now from any viewing angle. Your picture helped. Thanks! Cheers!

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