Pre-Work: Plug in Maker Board
Plugging in Maker Board to your USB port will make it easier for the software to recognize a new device. Make sure that Maker Board is plugged in and the green light is on before you start the process.
1. Click to download and install your software
Click the button to download all of the Windows software and example code you need for your Let's Start Coding kit. The installer will walk you through each step. The default settings for every step work for most of our customers.
Your computer may give you spooky messages about an unknown publisher. Click "OK" to bypass these messages.
Prefer to customize your installation? Click here to start the customized install process.
2. Open and Upload Code to the Maker Board
Now that you have all of the software and files downloaded, it's time to put some code on Maker Board!
- Navigate to File --> Examples--> LetsStartCoding --> Base Kit and pick out any project from the list. It doesn't matter which one, since you're just testing that Maker Board can accept a program from your computer.
- Next, be certain that Maker Board is plugged in to your computer and powered on. The green light on Maker Board should be on.
- Navigate to Tools--> Board: and select Arduino/Genuino Uno
- Navigate to Tools--> Port: and select one of the available ports. These are named COM followed by a number. If there is more than one port here, select the first one. If you have trouble with uploading code, come back to this menu and try a different COM port.
- No COM ports showing up? First, unplug Maker Board, navigate out of the Tools menu, plug Maker Board back in, and check the menu. The serial ports will not show up before Maker Board is plugged in.
- Now navigate to Sketch--> Upload and click Upload. This is what sends the code from your computer to Maker Board.
- Once the code is on Maker Board, all it needs is a power source to run the code. It doesn't have to stay connected to the computer!
- When the upload is complete, the bottom-left-hand side of the Arduino window will say "Done Uploading". See that status?