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    Newbie optczr's Avatar
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    Ok, I have completed the board and drilled all the holes, but I still need to clean the tracks to remove the ink, but I posted it anyway. This board is a little smaller then the last board. It includes the add-on which Luwe provided and I have also made some changes to the input power section, (so hopefully you will not need a heat sink). The board again is a single sided board, but this time only a few components will need to be soldered on the other side of the board.

    I will begin the process of stuffing the board and begin testing, again making sure thing are fine with the board layout. So about 1 more day to go and I will post the layout and the parts list...
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    any chance I could get you to build one me already made for a set price?

    I have no way of programming the pic so that would add on to the DIY cost. Also don't have the etching materials. so parts may be low cost but final cost for someone with nothing gets to be quite high.


    In any case I was planning on a carnetix 2140 for all my needs.... but now I don't know after seeing the video..
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    OP - Looks good man, I can see that you have put a lot of effort into your project. I love to see that kind of ambition. I'm not sure what you have done to avoid using a heat sink, but I would certainly suggest using something to dissipate the excessive heat generated by the primary voltage regulator. If you did come up with a way to keep it cool without a heat sink, let me know, that is one thing I get concerned about with mine.

    That Carnetix 2140 looks pretty sweet. I think that it would be a good choice to handle your power control.

    I have been preoccupied for the last several months with several different projects. Because of this I have put the final programming for this controller on the back burner. My original intent was to make myself a sweet controller that worked and was customizable and easy to build. And more importantly, it was a challenge. I figured it was only right to share my efforts with everybody here as an attempt to pay back the help I recieved here. Please understand that the code is not perfect, and if you do not have a D18S20 temp sensor attached, then the LCD will always read incorrect. And the below freezing temp is not configured properly. I need to just sit down for an evening and code it properly. I had hoped that others could take my stuff and run with it, just as Optczr has. Bare with me. I'll get it finished.

    Therefore, if I or Optczr or anybody else starts building these things and sending them to those who can't reprogram the chips with new firmware, we will be providing a device that will not operate at 100%.

    Thanks for your support
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    Thanks for the comp Luwe.. Believe me, I understand what you mean about trying to make time, which is the reason why this version board took a bit longer then planned. As for the power section, If my implementation works and the main power supply doesn't get hot, then I will list what I did for everyone. However if it doesn't, the board has also been designed to accommodate the original design.

    As for the carnetix 2140, it looks like a sweet unit. However I understand what you mean about building costs and not having all the equipment to make such a unit. However since I have been working on this for a while some luck and no luck, I do have some extra parts, but let me finish this board first and I will list what I have extra, which I do have two extra programmed Pic's. But like Luwe stated, if you don't have a PIC programmer you will not be able to reprogram the chips with new firmware.

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    my dream package is the 2140 + this type of LCD layout and button control. Posted it on carnetix. maybe the 2190 or whatever comes out in the future will have it/support it
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    I've thought about this a few times, but after seeing the 2140 I'm thinking of incorporating a PIC18F4550 (or similar) to this board which will give it USB communication abilities. That way I or someone can built a windows based GUI that can be incorporated into a Front End and then you could control it from your screen. And you can update the firmware directly from your computer without needing a PIC programmer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LUWE SYGABU View Post
    I've thought about this a few times, but after seeing the 2140 I'm thinking of incorporating a PIC18F4550 (or similar) to this board which will give it USB communication abilities. That way I or someone can built a windows based GUI that can be incorporated into a Front End and then you could control it from your screen. And you can update the firmware directly from your computer without needing a PIC programmer.
    give me activex control or dll spport for roadrunner along with volt meter and I'll marry you.

    But ony if you provide the needed parts in a kit (PC, programmed IC's)
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    I'm reminded of one word that I learned many years ago. K.I.S.S.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcfreak View Post
    I'm reminded of one word that I learned many years ago. K.I.S.S.
    Thanks, while I appreciate this philosophy when I am dealing with typical engineering problems and solutions, that is not the point here, is it?. I am feeding my curiosity and thirst for tackling challenges that may seem pointless to others. But, in most everyday applications, I agree with you. Besides, who doesn't like toys and buttons.....If you are here, you must too....
    May all your dreams come true.....unless your dreams are nightmares ~ L.S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LUWE SYGABU View Post
    Thanks, while I appreciate this philosophy when I am dealing with typical engineering problems and solutions, that is not the point here. I am feeding my curiosity and thirst for tackling challenges that may seem pointless to others. But, in most everyday applications, I agree with you. Besides, who doesn't like toys and buttons.....If you are here, you must too....
    I never said I paid attention to that... I was just reminded of it...... HAHAHAHA

    I never keep it simple and that's one of my biggest problems...

    It is excellent work you 2 are doing here by the way....you and opczr
    Peese

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