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Mega vs. Uno, and Windows OS? Answered

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?

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bekathwiaBest Answer (author)2017-05-12

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

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RonGarza (author)bekathwia2017-05-12

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!

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