Arduino Interest...?

I don't know about that one, it's not exactly a fire-breather.  It's certainly fine for Arduino development, but not if you have any compute intensive tasks to perform.

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I went with my main man ameentrainguy a Lenovo ideapad 320 @ Costco $300 cheaper then I priced any place else.  

Thanks for the interest guys I really appreciate . What a great group of people.

Living in the Land of Sunshine and no Basements

SEMPER FI

Era of the M1 Garrand

Jerry Del posted:

Thanks RTR I went on to the Sparkfun site but between it & Ardunio site just to much info for me to absorb so for now going to stay with Ardunio. I like there youtube Tutorials.  

 

That's fine, what's important is what you are most comfortable with and can learn with. 

Looks like you have the computer problem solved as well. Good Luck with it all!! 

Consolidated Leo posted:

I'm running an HP with an AMD processor and it actually manages to keep up with me.

I do believe you when you say it served you well but a laptop is not all about processing power there are many other factors in choosing a laptop like RAM, graphics card, and, build quality. Hp is not very good when it comes to build quality, not saying HP is bad there are a few HP laptops that are great and compete with big names like Dell and Acer.

Modeling The Union Pacific. 

I have never used emoticons but maybe I need to. There are always alternatives. The Lenovo will be great for Arduino development. It does have a USB port or two I would think. And it runs windows. I'm glad you didn't pick Apple. I'm lost when it comes to systems that may get down-graded so that you'll buy a newer one.  (Hey that's not hard). Seriously, the Lenovo looks like it's pretty sweet. Good choice, Jerry! 

Consolidated Leo posted:

I have never used emoticons but maybe I need to. There are always alternatives. The Lenovo will be great for Arduino development. It does have a USB port or two I would think. And it runs windows. I'm glad you didn't pick Apple. I'm lost when it comes to systems that may get down-graded so that you'll buy a newer one.  (Hey that's not hard). Seriously, the Lenovo looks like it's pretty sweet. Good choice, Jerry! 

I defiantly agree with you one Apple I have never been a fan of their laptops, and the way they force you to buy a new laptop because your old one slows down. I am hoping you are not annoyed of me Leo, I had quite a frustrating time with HP so I am not that big of a fan. 

Modeling The Union Pacific. 

Ameen:

No problem. I quit measuring things back when I was in the school yard. 

How's your project coming with the microprocessor in a TMCC diesel? I have not seen you start a new topic on this (in the Electrical Forum). I have seen something about it in a different forum. I can only speculate about what you're trying to do. Has it got it's own microprocessor or are you trying to decide what to use?

Anyway, I hope that Randy can put things together to show us what he has done in his O-gauge outdoor layout with switch machines and such. If he's anything like me, his code may not be ready for public consumption. Mine always turns into a mess by the time I get through with it; spotty comments and twisted logic. But that's what happens. And as I've already admitted; I've been programming for a long time.

 

I just ran across this introduction to Arduino video on YouTube that may be of interest to those who want to know what it's all about. The presentation is fast but comprehensive. There are some good points about how to get started, downloading the software, making sure you have the appropriate drivers, different versions of the hardware, sample code and examples. It's one of the better presentations that I've seen on this topic. You can skip the ending though; it's just a commercial.

Consolidated Leo posted:

I'm just wondering what brand of servo do you guys use for your switch machines? Are they any special variety? Do they have metal gears or plastic? Does Tower Pro sound familiar? How much torque? What about the MG995 or MG996R versions? I need to learn about these.

I think you'll find a vast majority of the servos have some plastic gears.

BOB WALKER posted:

You don't necessarily need an Arduino to operate servos controlling track switches. A manual servo controller will work as well and is less expensive.

Bob: Didn't you mention somewhere that you had written some magazine articles about servos and things a while back? Can we see them? Can you post them here? Don't do anything that would get you in copyright trouble. I'm just asking. 

Hi Bob; I went back & looked up the article in the Sept 2016 issue of Classic Toy Trains & all I found was a short Vid of  Weekend Edition of a Workshop with a "Gas & Go with a Smart Detector".  Is that what you were referring me to or is there an article about servos? If there was I didn't see it. maybe if you have the article you could post it here on the forum I know many members would love to see it.

Jerry 

Living in the Land of Sunshine and no Basements

SEMPER FI

Era of the M1 Garrand

The Servo article is on p.52 of the September 2106 CTT. My Gas & Go article was in the February 2016 issue. Hope you can locate it. There was also an article about servo applications for model railroads in the May 2014 issue of Servo magazine.

The least expensive manual servo driver I've used was $5.00. If you can get an Arduino for $2.50, I'd say go for it!

I also live in the land of sunshine and no basements.

BOB WALKER posted:

The Servo article is on p.52 of the September 2106 CTT. My Gas & Go article was in the February 2016 issue. Hope you can locate it. There was also an article about servo applications for model railroads in the May 2014 issue of Servo magazine.

The least expensive manual servo driver I've used was $5.00. If you can get an Arduino for $2.50, I'd say go for it!

Thanks, Bob! The servo testers from overseas look like this:

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