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 Post subject: ARC32 serial communication NOT using Basic Micro Studio
PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 4:30 am 
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Hey everyone,

So I'm working on some stuff for my ARC32. I've used the Phoenix code on it for quite a while now, and other than burning out servos every now and then, it's great.
Now I've started tinkering with writing my own code, so I can do some serial communication back and forth with the ARC32, but I'm having issues. I'm using the FTDI serial-to-usb converter that's built in to the ARC32, and everything works perfectly in BMS. Despite that, I can't get a peep out of the serial connection in any other terminal programs, or even with simple python scripts. I've tried different baud rates, parity, etc. all with no luck. In short:

Anyhow, I've tried to boil the problem down to its very simplest form, and I'm running this on my ARC32:
   hserout 1, ["U3", 10, 13]
   pause 500
   goto START

and this python script (with the pyserial library) on my PC:
import serial
ser = serial.Serial('/dev/ttyUSB0', 38400, timeout=30)
print ser.isOpen()

At no point have I been able to get serial output from the ARC32 to show up in this python script, or any other terminal (tera term, minicom, etc.) on either of my computers in windows (7 or 8) or linux. I've tried the FTDI signed driver (what a pain to install) and disabling the enforcement of driver signing to use the official (yet unsigned) Basic Micro drivers, all with the same results.

I really feel like I'm overlooking something that's going to seem painfully obvious once it's pointed out, but I'm at a loss after spending most of an afternoon on this. Any ideas? Am I taking crazy pills?

 Post subject: Re: ARC32 serial communication NOT using Basic Micro Studio
PostPosted: Fri Nov 22, 2013 7:52 pm 
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The ARC32 use RTS to reset the chip. Most terminal programs will hold this pin in a state which will hold the ARC32 in reset. If you can just turn off RTS(reverse its state). Or if you can't remove the jumper next to the FTDI chip on the ARC32 to disconnect RTS from the AtomPro processor. You will need to pu tit back on when programming.

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