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I was wanting to give picaxe a try and was wondering if anyone could tell me where I can buy all the stuff needed to get started? Also is there any books on the program to help learn it? Thanks guys

 

Eric

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I got my info from here

 

http://www.hagshouse.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=33942

 

The place I got my stuff from has VERY crappy customer service. I am waiting for responses to several emails and phone calls about my missing serial cable.

 

 

Oh and buy some spare chips because shipping is a bit expensive and you can save in the long run.

Edited by tbass

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I would read this topic. It has recent posting added.

 

http://www.hagshouse.com/forums/index.php?...15&start=15

 

I got the book by David Lincoln, programming and customizing the PICAXE Micro controller. I hardly ever pick it up. In my opinion you can get almost the same answers on the forums (Hags & Picaxe) and the Program Editor has shortcuts to the Manuals 1, 2 and 3. Just my opinion. I have been buying all my Picaxe Stuff from: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/advanced_...ection=products

 

This was the first Kit that I got:

 

http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_i...roducts_id=8323

 

It does not include the programming cable.

 

Once you get going you will realize that you use a lot of the same stuff, 10k, 22K, 33K, 100K resistors, 8 pin socket, 9 volt battery connectors, and so on. The kit I bought above I just use to program the chips and use for testing them with a plug in type breadboard. Then build the circuit on another board and just plug in the chip. There are lots of ways of doing stuff and everyone is going to have a different opinion so once you get started you just have to focus on how you want to do it.

 

 

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thanks guys, just ordered the kit from Advanced Micro along with the usb cord. time to do lots of reading on the site now

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I suspect this will be asked more and more, so I'll pin it :)

 

That is a great idea. :coolsmiley:

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Is this still the best way to get started? What else should a guy order? Will I need a breadboard right away? would like to make just one big order to get started. I notice Tbass said to get more chips but is there anything else I should order? Thanks

Ben

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I'll post up a new topic for breadboards. As for getting started, sparkfun is a good place to go. The shipping is a ripoff on just chips, so get some while your there.

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With the kit from Sparkfun, can you use a 20 pin holder instead of the 8?? This would allow you to program a 8 pin up to a twenty I would assume ???

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How about software.

Lot of stuff on Picaxe website, what do I need besides the programming editor and a driver for my cable?

Logicator, Breadboard layout, are you using these?

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Programming editor and driver is all I use.

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