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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0053: Chromalux9 hours ago
    HackerBox 0053: Chromalux

    On Facebook Specifically, look for a group called "Arduino Projects" It seems like a pretty good group. Unfortunately they are all going to have some not-so-nice folks on there. There is also the Hackerboxes Facebook group too. You can always take short videos of what you have and post here or there.

    This is a great place especially if has to do with a hackerbox. There a lot of Facebook Arduino groups as well. :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0051: MCU Lab8 weeks ago
    HackerBox 0051: MCU Lab

    OLED Demo on the Lolin32

    Here's an easy demo code using the potentiometer and the OLED Display with the ESP32 Wemos Lolin32 board:Using Library: https://github.com/ThingPulse/esp8266-oled-ssd130... (install from Library manager)Demo video: https://youtu.be/46lIM4dYPDcCode:#include "SSD1306Wire.h" #include <Wire.h>// Initialize the OLED displaySSD1306Wire display(0x3c, 5, 4); // On ESP32 Lolin: SDA=5 SCL=4void setup() { // Initializing the display display.init(); display.flipScreenVertically(); }void loop() { display.clear(); int potval = analogRead(2); String val = String(potval); display.setFont(ArialMT_Plain_24); display.drawString(0, 10, "Value: " + val); display.display(); delay(10);}

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0051: MCU Lab8 weeks ago
    HackerBox 0051: MCU Lab

    This is a fantastic tool! Great box!

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 00502 months ago
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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 00502 months ago
    HackerBox 0050

    This was a great #50 box. I remember from box #20 the difficulties and mess ups I had soldering the LEDs on the board (which some day I will get around to fixing). The SF video was a good tip and learning from my previous mistakes I almost pulled this one off without a hitch. Apparently I did not solder the EN well enough and was not making contact with the pad. After mush connection tracing I finally discovered that. I re-soldered it and was good to go! Everything is working as it should. :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0049: Debug3 months ago
    HackerBox 0049: Debug

    Assuming everyone received the exact same matrix board, it is also compatible with Adafruit's NeoPixel library. You can load it and use the StrandTest example. Set Data_Pin to A14 and Num_Pixels = 64 and should work just fine. For that matter, any of the examples should work.

    Just as a side note - you can also select the ESP32 Wrover board. It is almost the same board.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0049: Debug3 months ago
    HackerBox 0049: Debug

    These LED matrix displays are great! I always refer to them as NeoPixels. The FastLED library examples seem to work fine. The display seems to be fully compatible with Adafruit's NeoPixel library. Just set the correct Data_Pin. You can never have enough of these things and ESP32 boards either. I attached a pic and short video.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT4 months ago
    HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT

    Thanks jdquaff! I'm gonna play with it more this weekend. I'll post back here with my results.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT4 months ago
    HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT

    Did you use the includd .ino sketch with the library and if so, did you have to make any modificaions to it? Thanks :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT4 months ago
    HackerBox 0048: SIMSAT

    I ran into a similar problem in the past and what I did was go into the C:\Users\You\AppData\Local\Arduino15\packages and delete the esp8266 directory completely. The reinstall the board using the board URL in he bard manager.

    Just to be sure, Did you install the Sim808 Library in the Arduino IDE?

    No problem, glad that worked. :) It can take a little bit for the receiver to get a lock on the satellites. When I hooked it up for the first time it was in a hotel room and I had to move the GPS antenna near a window to finally get it.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0047: Old School6 months ago
    HackerBox 0047: Old School

    The VGA connector was a bit of a bugger but I got it all soldered up. I followed the TinyBasic instructable and I am running BASIC programs on an Arduino. Eat your heart out MicroPython! ;)Tip: If you are having problems uploading sketches after the boards are soldered on the PCB. While a sketch is uploading to one of them, hold down the Reset on the other. That worked for me.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0046: Persistence6 months ago
    HackerBox 0046: Persistence

    Awesome! Glad you got it! :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0046: Persistence6 months ago
    HackerBox 0046: Persistence

    I have the same issue with the red being very faint. I think that's just the way it is unfortunately, I have tried all sorts of stuff and still no better.

    Hmm... I just downloaded the .ino that I posted just to make sure it was ok. It uploaded just fine. It till does take up a fair amount of room and its possible you might get a low memory warning, but it should not be too big.This i my result after uploading:Sketch uses 27940 bytes (86%) of program storage space. Maximum is 32256 bytes.Global variables use 1510 bytes (73%) of dynamic memory, leaving 538 bytes for local variables. Maximum is 2048 bytes.Do you have the Arduino/Genuino selected as your board?Also, try commenting out this line:// display.drawBitmap(BitmapExample1, sizeof(BitmapExample1));If you did not follow the other steps regarding the skull image that could be the cause.This code is dependent on having done that but commenting out this line should work around it.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0046: Persistence6 months ago
    HackerBox 0046: Persistence

    These displays are awesome!

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0046: Persistence7 months ago
  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0046: Persistence7 months ago
    HackerBox 0046: Persistence

    Good to go....

    I've been playing around with this myself and found in some code somewhere the mentioning of this. I'm thinking I'll solder the header on and use those instead of the connector. That vcc doesn't have any level shifting going on there.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0045: Spark Net8 months ago
    HackerBox 0045: Spark Net

    Try the link here for the Digistump drivers for Windowshttps://digistump.com/wiki/digispark/tutorials/con...

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0044: PCB 1238 months ago
    HackerBox 0044: PCB 123

    Getting a bit closer..... Now I get this - at the end a "programmer is not responding"C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\bin>avrdude -F -c arduino -p attiny85 -P COM16 -U lfuse:w:0xe2:m -U hfuse:w:0x5f:m -U efuse:w:0xff:mavrdude: AVR device initialized and ready to accept instructionsReading | ################################################## | 100% -0.00savrdude: Device signature = 0x1e950f (probably m328p)avrdude: Expected signature for ATtiny85 is 1E 93 0Bavrdude: reading input file "0xe2"avrdude: writing lfuse (1 bytes):Writing | | 0% 0.00s ***failed;Writing | ################################################## | 100% 0.11savrdude: 1 bytes of lfuse writtenavrdude: verifying lfuse memory against 0xe2:avrdude: load data lfuse data from input f...

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    Getting a bit closer..... Now I get this - at the end a "programmer is not responding"C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\hardware\tools\avr\bin>avrdude -F -c arduino -p attiny85 -P COM16 -U lfuse:w:0xe2:m -U hfuse:w:0x5f:m -U efuse:w:0xff:mavrdude: AVR device initialized and ready to accept instructionsReading | ################################################## | 100% -0.00savrdude: Device signature = 0x1e950f (probably m328p)avrdude: Expected signature for ATtiny85 is 1E 93 0Bavrdude: reading input file "0xe2"avrdude: writing lfuse (1 bytes):Writing | | 0% 0.00s ***failed;Writing | ################################################## | 100% 0.11savrdude: 1 bytes of lfuse writtenavrdude: verifying lfuse memory against 0xe2:avrdude: load data lfuse data from input file 0xe2:avrdude: input file 0xe2 contains 1 bytesavrdude: reading on-chip lfuse data:Reading | ################################################## | 100% 0.02savrdude: verifying ...avrdude: verification error, first mismatch at byte 0x0000 0x00 != 0xe2avrdude: verification error; content mismatchavrdude: safemode: lfuse changed! Was e2, and is now 0Would you like this fuse to be changed back? [y/n] navrdude: safemode: Fuses OK (E:00, H:00, L:E2)avrdude: stk500_recv(): programmer is not respondingavrdude done. Thank you.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0044: PCB 1238 months ago
    HackerBox 0044: PCB 123

    So i'm almost there. I have the sketch running on the Attiny85 just fine and working. I am dwn to disabling the Reset pin and soldering on the speaker. Running avrdude, ths is what I am getting.... expecting a different signature. Using -F to disable the signature check doesn't work.C:\Users\Tim>avrdude -c arduino -p attiny85 -P Com16 -U -F lfuse:w:0xe2:m -U hfuse:w:0x5f:m -U efuse:w:0xff:mavrdude: please define PAGEL and BS2 signals in the configuration file for part ATtiny85avrdude: AVR device initialized and ready to accept instructionsReading | ################################################## | 100% 0.02savrdude: Device signature = 0x1e950favrdude: Expected signature for ATtiny85 is 1E 93 0B Double check chip, or use -F to override this check.avrdude done. Thank you.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0043: Falken's Maze9 months ago
    HackerBox 0043: Falken's Maze

    I've gotten around to getting my ESP-32 CAM working just fine. Is there any rotate function 90 degrees? What seems like should be the right side up is apparently sideways. Not a big deal though. This thing is cool! ;)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0043: Falken's Maze10 months ago
    HackerBox 0043: Falken's Maze

    I have the pan/tilt servo mechanism together and connected it to a breadboard along with the Arduino Nano and a Joystick to control it. I posted a pic and a video of it. For some reason on here it does not show a video thumbnail. Now onto the camera....

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0042: Worlds of WiFi11 months ago
    HackerBox 0042: Worlds of WiFi

    If you are getting an error like thiserror: espcomm_open failederror: espcomm_upload_mem failederror: espcomm_upload_mem failedCheck that you did not solder on the voltage regulator backwards. It is the component located between the two capacitors and looks like a transistor. It is very easy to get this on the bard backwards if you are not paying attention (I admit I did it). If you made this mistake like I did you may have cooked the regulator (but maybe not). You have to de-solder it from the board and turn it around an the flat side should face the resistors. If you have damaged it, you can simply supply 3.3V directly to VCC on the ESP board (upper most left side pin). And ground -> ground obviously. Connect power to VCC right after pushing the button to put it in boot-load...

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    If you are getting an error like thiserror: espcomm_open failederror: espcomm_upload_mem failederror: espcomm_upload_mem failedCheck that you did not solder on the voltage regulator backwards. It is the component located between the two capacitors and looks like a transistor. It is very easy to get this on the bard backwards if you are not paying attention (I admit I did it). If you made this mistake like I did you may have cooked the regulator (but maybe not). You have to de-solder it from the board and turn it around an the flat side should face the resistors. If you have damaged it, you can simply supply 3.3V directly to VCC on the ESP board (upper most left side pin). And ground -> ground obviously. Connect power to VCC right after pushing the button to put it in boot-loader mode.If you need a replacement HT7333A you can find a comparable replacement for less than $5 on Amazon - just search for "3.3 Regulator TO-92"

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython11 months ago
    HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython

    If you go to that same link there should be two .jpg files with the wiring. One thing to make sure on any of the Adafruit boards running CircuityPython you want to make sure you have the Libraries copied onto the drive. There is single Lib folder that needs to be copied and pasted. More details on that are here. https://learn.adafruit.com/welcome-to-circuitpytho...

    There was a note in the instructions mentioning that sound was not yet implemented in the code just yet. Hopefully soon in the future.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython11 months ago
    HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython

    One other thing to note on the Neopixel Ring, You can daisy chain them, so DO = Digital Out and DI - Digital In.

    I just wanted to mention if you have subscribed to earlier hackerboxes, Box #25 I know and one other one had these battery holders in them so if you had those boxes you might have left over parts possibly. :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython12 months ago
    HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython

    These little books are great! :)

    Here is a video of the Neopixel ring on the ItsyBitsy M4 running CircuitPython.https://gardnertech-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/p/tim/EZsSncWV1FhDiHIh2gC4XYIBLGUDVctyVOC-eYjKacum3Q?e=nIugar

    That's a bummer you have a missing part. All you need to do is contact them at this email address - support@hackerboxes.com

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython12 months ago
    HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython

    Here is a video of the NeoPixel ring running on the ItsyBitsy M4 using CP.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython1 year ago
    HackerBox 0041: CircuitPython

    I have this little notebook!

    This is a great box. I love CircuitPython and all of the different Adafruit boards. You can even run it on the raspberry Pi thanks to their Blinka library.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0038: TeknoDactyl1 year ago
    HackerBox 0038: TeknoDactyl

    I hooked up the fingerprint reader today. Super cool! Very easy to use and will work well in any access control project or anything where you need to track identity. I solder the pins on the up side of the nano board and 3d printed a holder. I need to tweak a bit.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0038: TeknoDactyl1 year ago
    HackerBox 0038: TeknoDactyl

    I made the spinner. Now onto the fingerprint reader. Thank goodness for magnification and a benchtop power supply to double-check the polarity on the LEDs. Surface mount soldering wearing glasses and partially colorblind can be a bit tedious.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0037: WaveRunner1 year ago
    HackerBox 0037: WaveRunner

    i made the integrated unit. With some left over parts still and other stuff I have I think I will build the seperate ones asd well. Will have to solder up the signal generator in the next day or so. Great Box! :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0036: JumboTron1 year ago
    HackerBox 0036: JumboTron

    Thats cool! Thanks for sharing it.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0036: JumboTron1 year ago
    HackerBox 0036: JumboTron

    You are right. There's anotherboard I was thinking of. It was a bit tricky.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0036: JumboTron1 year ago
    HackerBox 0036: JumboTron

    So I upgraded my pool thermometer that I made using the Arduino Nano and OLED from box # 35. Works great and much easier to see!

    I threw together a 3D stand/bracket for mounting the LED matrix. It's not perfect but it works. Feel free to download it here and alter the design to suit your needs.https://1drv.ms/u/s!AlJEBzxLFQ7zmeohfQnjctBeNV9n7w

    These board you sometimes have to press the BOOT button right when it begins the download after compiling. Sometimes it takes several tries to get the timing down. This puts the board in programming mode.

    Do you have the PxMatrix Library library installed? That could be it and it is sometimes neccessary to restart the Arduino IDE after adding libraries even though it doesnt tell you too.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0036: JumboTron1 year ago
    HackerBox 0036: JumboTron

    This is a great box. The displau is awesome! It will actually pair well with last month's box (#35) using the LED Matrix in place of the OLED display.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0035: ElectroChemistry1 year ago
    HackerBox 0035: ElectroChemistry

    Pool Thermometer :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0035: ElectroChemistry1 year ago
    HackerBox 0035: ElectroChemistry

    Here are a few pics... One with the text color inverted. It's harder to read.

    Did you first install the SSD1306 Library and if so, how did you go about installing it? Sometimes you need to restart the IDE after installing libraries.

    Oddly enough I had the same problem on my desktop PC but not on my laptop. I upgraded both to the latest IDE but still had the same problem. Strange....

    If you are playing around with the MQ-3 Sensor I would highly recommend reading about the characteristics. https://jenslabs.com/2013/03/18/measured-sensor-ch...I have found the times for it to reset/stabalize to be somewhat accurate. I am going to get a TGS822 and try the Ketone sensing project with it.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0034: SubGHz1 year ago
    HackerBox 0034: SubGHz

    Joe, after going back and reading it again myself, I see right at the beginning in bold lettering that XP and Vista are not compatible. :(

    I am using Windows 10. I followed the instruction in the guide here -> https://www.rtl-sdr.com/rtl-sdr-quick-start-guide/Pay very close attention to steps 7 thru 11 regarding the driver.Further down below those steps are some additional troubleshooting steps.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0034: SubGHz1 year ago
    HackerBox 0034: SubGHz

    I'm up and running with the RTL-SDR using AirSpy. The quick-start quide is spot on. I'm listening to an old familiar freind on NFM 162.390. If you are in HackerBoxes territory you know who that is! ;) Now on to GNURadio... Soldering tommorow...

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0032: Locksport1 year ago
    HackerBox 0032: Locksport

    I haven't tried it with my eyes closed. I was able to open a different padlock with a similar lock mechanism I have on a toolbox and got it picked open.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0032: Locksport1 year ago
    HackerBox 0032: Locksport

    I'm not usually a picky person, but, the lock was easy to pick. LoL! Great box! ;)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0031: the Ether1 year ago
    HackerBox 0031: the Ether

    Great box this month! Ironically I was thinking I needed to put a little kit like this together. Working in IT I am often times wearing the network engineer hat and this is the perfect compliment to Wireshark. Got the OpenWRT loaded. I wonder if DD-WRT will work on it? I have loaded that on many routers and just explodes the features and capabilites of a cheap router. More like what you would pay hundreds of dollas for.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0029: Field Kit1 year ago
    HackerBox 0029: Field Kit

    So here's what I have which should satisfy my needs on most days. I also have a little Radio Shack mini multi-meter not shown in the pictures which will fit in as well. I have a few feet of solder wrapped in the spool of solder wick. Screwdrivers, small cutters and needle nose, pry tool, zip ties, USB cable and wall-wart as well as a USB power meter and 8GB flash drive. Somehow, someway, I am gonna fit a roll of duct tape in this thing!

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HACKERBOX 0028: JamBox 2 years ago
    HACKERBOX 0028: JamBox

    That's what I did too. Worked like a charm. :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0027: Cypherpunk2 years ago
    HackerBox 0027: Cypherpunk

    The Enigma Machine is built. Now just have to work on the code.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0027: Cypherpunk2 years ago
    HackerBox 0027: Cypherpunk

    Which OS are you running? If you are using Windows you want to make sure that ST-LINK shows up in the Device Manager. It will be under Universal Serial Bus Devices. Also, try to avoid using a USB extension cable if possible. It's always a good idea to load the latest version of the Arduino IDE. In some cases I have had issues and simply restarting the IDE wasn't good enough. It required a reboot of the computer too.

    I'm half way through building the Enigma Machine. Just have to get the keypad on and tweak a few things.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0026: BioSense2 years ago
    HackerBox 0026: BioSense

    Got it done... Seems to work just fine. Great Box! :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0026: BioSense2 years ago
    HackerBox 0026: BioSense

    Disregard .... I have them. Just missed them somehow. Too much clutter on the desk. ;)

    Just taking inventory of parts and due to colorblindness I have to ohm my resistors with a meter. Missing the 2.2M for R7

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBox 0023: Digital Airwaves2 years ago
    HackerBox 0023: Digital Airwaves

    Almost forgot... Here's a great free WiFi survey tool that use on a routine basis. Free for Windows. Works great. http://nutsaboutnets.com/netsurveyor-wifi-scanner/

    Now onto building the antenna.....

    Here's the sketches I used if they can be of use to anyone else.https://github.com/TimGTech/Wemos_OLED_Display

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0023: Digital Airwaves2 years ago
    HackerBox 0023: Digital Airwaves

    I loaded an example sketch and had to do some playing around and tweaking to get things lined up on the screen ( hat tip to neogeek on that one ). Then found some wifi scanner code and got to tweaking it and got working. Yeah! :)

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0022: BBC Micro:Bit2 years ago
    HackerBox 0022: BBC Micro:Bit

    These micro:bits are great. A lot of fun! If you follow the music and sound module link on the microbit python page it says to use a speaker and do not attempt to use a piezo buzzer. They work just fine.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBox 0022: BBC Micro:Bit2 years ago
    HackerBox 0022: BBC Micro:Bit

    These micro:bits are great. A lot of fun! If you follow the music and sound module link on the microbit python page it says to use a speaker and do not attempt to use a piezo buzzer. They work just fine.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker2 years ago
  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker2 years ago
    HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker

    After installing I unplugged from the USB and rebooted. Plugged back in USB and the com port appeared.

    Maybe try using jumper wired or a stacking header if you have one to connect the SD module to the breadboard. I was having issues and that was the fix. See my previous post about it with a few pics.

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  • TimGTech made the instructable HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker2 years ago
    HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker

    If you have issues with your SD card module try using male/female jumper wires to connect it or a stacking header if you happen to have one. I was having issues with mine and discovered that it wasn't making a good connection on the breadboard. So functionality was hit and miss. After using a stacking header to connect it, it works like a charm every time. The hearder pins on the SD module are a tad short for plugging into a breadboard directly.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker2 years ago
    HackerBoxes 0021: Hacker Tracker

    On a side note - The ruler was worth the cost of the box alone! It's bad to the bone! :)

    I plugged in the GPS module and Windows 10 has a USB driver for it so it did not show up as a COM port. So I installed the Ublox U-Center and selected the Ublox driver instead of the Windows driver and now have it showing up with a COM port. So now it reads in the Arduino monitor. Works fine in U-Center too. Just can do both at once. Just sharing in case anyone else runs into this.

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0020: Summer Camp2 years ago
    HackerBoxes 0020: Summer Camp

    UPDATE - Now that I've had my Dunkin Donuts this morning... I headed ovet to the HXB Reddit page and found my problem.... Just needed to update my Arduino to the latest version. All working good now!"Never a duh moment around here" :)

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  • TimGTech commented on HackerBoxes's instructable HackerBoxes 0020: Summer Camp2 years ago
    HackerBoxes 0020: Summer Camp

    Just loaded the HB020_Badge_A firmware and getting "not declared in this scope" errors on...'mutebutton''RainbowLEDcycle''wifiScan2LCD'...and on down the line.Did this code work as-is for everyone else?

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