Quick Startby JP Liew

To the folks that are receiving broken MicroViews over the next few days and weeks: We are *really* sorry to have messed up your first impressions of SparkFun, Geek Ammo and the awesome MicroView. We are going to make it right and will be shipping a replacement Microview for every defective unit that was shipped. For those of you who backed the Microview Kickstarter you will be receiving an email by September 12th to let you know if you were or were not shipped a defective unit. We are still trying to establish how much units are affected. The worst case scenario is 1,934 units need to be replaced outright. If you are part of the defective batch you will receive two units: one that has a broken bootloader (now and in the coming days) and one that works (by the beginning of November). Please read the official notice here and here. For a quick DIY fix while waiting for the replacements, please read Installing a Bootloader on the MicroView - SparkFun and How to Fix Your Broken MicroView - Make:

Thank you backing our Kickstarter project. Before we get underway with setting up your MicroView, you should make sure you have got everything you need.

Unboxing and setting up your MicroView

Remove all parts from the SparkFun packaging.

Identify PIN 1 of MicroView based on the following diagrams:

MicroView PIN 1 diagram

MicroView PIN identification

In this guide, when there is a reference for PIN x of MicroView, it is referring to the above diagram's PIN number. For example, connect PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView

MicroView without Factory USB Programmer

If you only have the MicroView without the USB Programmer, you will need the following:

Connect the required parts based on the diagram below, leave the battery snap connector to the last step:

Quick Start MicroView

As soon as the battery snap connector is snapped to the 9V battery, the MicroView demo will start.

MicroView with Factory USB Programmer

If you have the factory USB Programmer, depending on your tier, you might need the following:

Insert the MicroView to the factory USB Programmer then connect the female end of the USB extension cable to the factory USB Programmer based on the following diagram:

Quick Start MicroView with USB Programmer

Connect the male end of the USB extension cable to the computer, the MicroView demo will start.

MicroView Teaching How To Use MicroView

The MicroView is factory pre-programmed with a few simple built-in tutorials to help you get use to inserting jumper wires, resistors and LED. Skip these tutorials if you are already familiar with them. The simple tutorials will start after the demo.

Note: The simple tutorials' diagrams are based on MicroView without the USB Programmer, if you have the USB Programmer, please ignore the battery, red jumper and black jumper. MicroView with USB Programmer gets its power supply from the USB Programmer via the USB cable connected to the computer.

Simple Tutorial 1

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 1

Once you have successfully connected PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 2

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 3 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 2

Once you have successfully connected PIN 3 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 3

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 2 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a jumper using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 3

Once you have successfully connected PIN 2 and PIN 8 of the MicroView, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the jumper.

Simple Tutorial 4

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 330 ohm resistor using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 4

Once you have successfully connected PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with the resistor, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the resistor.

Simple Tutorial 5

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 10K ohm resistor using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 5

Once you have successfully connected PIN 4 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with the resistor, a “Well done!” message will be displayed. To proceed to the next simple tutorial, remove the resistor.

Simple Tutorial 6

Follow the instruction displayed on the MicroView, connect PIN 5 and PIN 8 of the MicroView with a 330 ohm resistor using the following diagram as reference:

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 6

With the resistor still at the same place, insert a LED with both of the pins at PIN 4 and PIN 5 of MicroView respectively using the following diagram as reference

MicroView Quick Start Simple Tutorial 6

The MicroView is able to detect if the LED is inserted with the correct polarity, if the LED does not blink, remove the LED and turn the pins the other way round and connect them to PIN 4 and PIN 5 of the MicroView.

You have now successfully gone through our Quick Start.

Please proceed to Getting Started with MicroView to install Arduino IDE or Codebender.

Published 20 June 2014
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