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Arduino Software Installation
Process for installing the Arduino IDE and necessary eVOLVER Arduino libraries.
Navigate to your board manager ( Tools > Board > Boards Manager… ), then find an entry for Arduino SAMD Boards (32-bits ARM Cortex-M0+) . Select it, and install the latest version.
First, open your Arduino preferences ( File > Preferences ). Then find the Additional Board Manager URLs text box, and paste the below link in
Then hit “OK”, and travel back to the Board Manager menu. You should (but probably won’t) be able to find a new entry for SparkFun SAMD Boards . If you don’t see it, close the board manager and open it again.
- 1.Plug the SAMD21 into your computer via a data transfer micro-USB cable.
- 2.The boards used in eVOLVER are the SAMD21 Mini boards.
- 3.The port changes based on which USB the Arduino is connected to. The wrong port is typically the most common reason why the Arduino won’t upload.
- 1.If you are unsure which port is the correct one, plug and unplug the SAMD21 board and see which port appears and disappears.
Choosing the board:
Selecting the SAMD21 Mini in the Board Manager out of available boards.
Choosing the port:
You should see the SAMD21 come up on the Ports list if it is plugged in.
This should be all. Open up the files and upload your scripts to the microcontroller via microUSB! The program should tell you that it has uploaded successfully.
A quick tip: there are many poorly designed microUSB cables out there (e.g. just for charging). Be careful to use one that you know works. If you can’t upload, try another cable. If it still fails, take a look at this guide.