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    Just got my brain ;)

    Well my brain came today, with 2 extra relays, thanks! I'm going to dedicate this to all of the future problems I know I'm going to have.

    First up, on the webpage it says it accepts 7v to 17v. I found a power supply laying around that otuputs 12V DC at 500mA. Is this enough power or do I have to find somethign with more amperage? Once I get it powered up and plug in my usb cable windows should ask for drivers? Yes/no/maybe? Sorry for the most basic of questions...

    n/m I found one that has 2A and it's lighting up and asked for my driver .

    Ok, so what is the next step? I'd like to hook up my tempurature sensor and see the values change. Will the default skin do this or do I have to make my own?

    edit: ok, I think I have a vista issue right now. I'll just wait for a while I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty562 View Post
    Well my brain came today, with 2 extra relays, thanks! I'm going to dedicate this to all of the future problems I know I'm going to have.
    No problem. I figured you had waited long enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty562 View Post
    First up, on the webpage it says it accepts 7v to 17v. I found a power supply laying around that otuputs 12V DC at 500mA. Is this enough power or do I have to find somethign with more amperage? Once I get it powered up and plug in my usb cable windows should ask for drivers? Yes/no/maybe? Sorry for the most basic of questions...
    500mA may be too low. You should supply it with 750mA to 1A. The actual drain from USB is 0A (well actually ~0.0003A) so everything is powered from the external source. If you take the LED jumper off of the board, it will probably work off of 500mA but that is a maybe. The jumper is if you are looking at the board with the USB/DC Jack on the right, digital outputs (yellow) up top, and the inputs (red/blue) on the left, the jumper is on the bottommost header on the rightmost 2 vertical pins (black in colour).

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    n/m I found one that has 2A and it's lighting up and asked for my driver .
    Good to hear.

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    Ok, so what is the next step? I'd like to hook up my tempurature sensor and see the values change. Will the default skin do this or do I have to make my own?
    Yes the default skin (albeit fugly), will work fine for testing.

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    edit: ok, I think I have a vista issue right now. I'll just wait for a while I suppose.
    Ah yes, the Vista error. The source of my woes for the past month. Well you will be glad to know that I am getting ready to release a brand new software package that the USB communication is completely meaning from the bottom up, is redone. This will work in Vista and XP, but nothing below XP SP2 because it relies on the Vista WinUSB.dll which is brand spanking new. Even the Vista releases from November 2006 (Business release to like Dell), do not have this new driver, that is how new this baby is!

    If you have an XP machine you can use that for now, but very very soon I will get the full new package out and release an email to everyone.

    Probably create a victory thread too, because this was a PITA. Vista
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post

    Ah yes, the Vista error. The source of my woes for the past month. Well you will be glad to know that I am getting ready to release a brand new software package that the USB communication is completely meaning from the bottom up, is redone. This will work in Vista and XP, but nothing below XP SP2 because it relies on the Vista WinUSB.dll which is brand spanking new. Even the Vista releases from November 2006 (Business release to like Dell), do not have this new driver, that is how new this baby is!

    If you have an XP machine you can use that for now, but very very soon I will get the full new package out and release an email to everyone.

    Probably create a victory thread too, because this was a PITA. Vista
    Hey that's great! I'm sure everyone will be very grateful for the release.

    I reformatted my machine and put XP on it just to play with this (I was impatient ). I can see my temp setting fluctuate (wildly ) which is exactly what I wanted to be able to do.

    Thanks again for all the hard work!

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    the brain itself pulls about 120mA. It will need more if it's turning on relays or powering sensors.

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    Well, everything is up and running now. I'm just getting into setting up two temp sensors just to test with. I think they are working just the way they should too. Sensor 1 shows temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit which is where it should be and if I hold temp 2 up to my skin shows a temp of about 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This is absolutely fantastic. Tomorrow I'm going to try one of the relays.

    One thing I'm curious is how long the cable from the sensor to the brain can be.

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    Glad it works as it should!

    And this is with the newest version yes? I am just paranoid about this release because I rushed it to make a deadline to an angry indian...
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    Glad it works as it should!

    And this is with the newest version yes? I am just paranoid about this release because I rushed it to make a deadline to an angry indian...
    Angry Indian huh? He does understand it's pretty much just you doing all the work right? Sigh... I'm learning how to use the skin designer now which means I used the yellow background in the program instead of the temperature model and can actually read my temps now haha. Do you plan to incorporate alerts into the program? Like if x condition is met, email x information to joe shmoe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty562 View Post
    Angry Indian huh? He does understand it's pretty much just you doing all the work right? Sigh... I'm learning how to use the skin designer now which means I used the yellow background in the program instead of the temperature model and can actually read my temps now haha. Do you plan to incorporate alerts into the program? Like if x condition is met, email x information to joe shmoe?
    Sure why not, add it to the feature request program. I have done similar before (email through a program).
    Fusion Brain Version 6 Released!
    1.9in x 2.9in -- 47mm x 73mm
    30 Digital Outputs -- Directly drive a relay
    15 Analogue Inputs -- Read sensors like temperature, light, distance, acceleration, and more
    Buy now in the MP3Car.com Store

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