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Netduino Go! starter kit

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#1 profajo


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 07:07 AM

I have just unpacked and tried to use a Netduino Go! starter kit I bought a while back.

I would like to use it with my 11-year old grandson who is already OK with LEGO Mindstorms EV3 and using the LabVIEW graphic style programming for it.

I am an old guy who is not an expert either in hardware nor in C# but I am pretty experience with using Windows applications.  I bought Netduino Go! because I wanted to get started without soldering!

I was somewhat disappointed not to be able to find a single file which would allow me to set up and test the Go! and the 4 modules supplied.  

I have a copy of the Getting Started With Netduino book by Chris Walker.

I followed the instructions on the website to install the 3 software packages.  

Checking the details from My Downloads these are

1. MS Visual C# Express 2010 (as expected)

2. MS .NET Micro Framework v 4.2 SDK dated 13/08/2012 (not v4.1 as stated)

3. Netduino SDK v4.2.2 dated Jan 2013 (not v4.1 as stated) 

I entered and ran the Blinky program as per instructions - which compiled and installed but just left the power light on - so I had no idea why it wasn't working.  So I replaced the infinite loop with a counted loop so it would terminate:


using System;
using System.Threading;
using Microsoft.SPOT;
using Microsoft.SPOT.Hardware;
using SecretLabs.NETMF.Hardware;
using SecretLabs.NETMF.Hardware.NetduinoGo;
namespace NetduinoGoApplication1
    public class Program
        public static void Main()
            OutputPort led = new OutputPort(Pins.ONBOARD_LED, false);// write your code here
            Int64 count = 0;          
            while (count < 20)
                led.Write(true);   //turn on the LED
                Thread.Sleep(250); //sleep for 250ms
                led.Write(false);  //turn off the LED
                Thread.Sleep(250); //sleep for 250ms
                count = 1 + count;
But stil no joy.  So I searched the Forum and found that the Go! seems, as others have said, to be rather the Cinderella of the Netduino family.  Then I found that the blue LEDs are not yet flashable, but the white power LED is.  So I replaced the first line with:
            OutputPort led = new OutputPort(Pins.PowerLed, false);
and now have my first successful program running - so I know the kit works.  Now I need a simple explanation of just what additional code is needed to use each of the modules in the starter kit - but I can't find it.
So could someone please post the code needed to:
(a) wait until the Button is pressed on Ch 1
(B) turn on a LED attached to the shield base on Ch 5 (and tell me which 2 pins I should I use)
© wait until the Button is pressed again on Ch 1 and then
(d) loop allowing me to use the Potentiometer attached to Ch 3 to control the colour and/or brightness of the RGB LED attached to Ch 4
(e) until the Button is pressed again on Ch 1. 
I would be most grateful!

#2 Robert Hugo

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 03:50 PM

Did you try the Pinned topic titled 'Early "Getting Started with Netduino Go" software and instructions'?

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 05:35 PM

I looked at http://forums.netdui...d-instructions/

and thought that there must some better/fuller documentation than this - hence my shreik!

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 03:51 PM

Hi Profajo,

I just double checked your program, I made only one change, and now everything works.

OutputPort led = new OutputPort (Pins.PowerLed, false);

I'm sure that you'll definitely solved the problem,
You have made new experiments?

good fun.


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