How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

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How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

Post by maninvan » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:01 pm

I posted this as an example for people using Mac OX to be able to determine if their programmer, in this case smartieparts version*, is working, and how to install the firmware. Hope this helps :-)

*It also works for other USBasp programmers

Verify the smartieparts board is working and visible to Mac OSX

1) plugin in the usb cable (do not force it and make sure it is the correct way round.
2) press 'command space' to bring up spotlight *
3) type 'system information' then enter (without quotes)
4) select the USB item under 'hardware'
5) you should see 'USBasp' listed as a usb device on one of your usb ports
[tab=30]for example the detailed information should read (see attachment)
[tab=60]Product ID: 0x05dc
[tab=60]Vendor ID: 0x16c0
[tab=60]Version: 1.03
[tab=60]Speed: Up to 1.5 Mb/sec
[tab=60]Manufacturer: http://www.fischl.de
[tab=60]Location ID: 0x04100000 / 3
[tab=60]Current Available (mA): 500
[tab=60]Current Required (mA): Unknown (Device has not been configured)

NOTE:*If you prefer to open apps directly go to application -> Utilities -> System Information to launch the app in Finder.

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Program The Radio

To program the radio using avrdude, you can

1) Install CrossPack bundle which contains avrdude from here http://www.obdev.at/products/crosspack/index.html, if you don't have avrdude installed./
2) Download the hex file for eg. er9x from here http://www.obdev.at/products/crosspack/index.html
3) Install er9x image by executing the command in Terminal as
avrdude -c usbasp -p atmega64 -B 1 -U flash:w:er9x.hex

where er9x is the location of the hex file you downloaded e.g. it could be Downloads/er9x.hex etc...


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Re: How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

Post by Rob Thomson » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:02 pm

Thanks for posting this.

Do you mind also adding this to the wiki?

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Re: How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

Post by maninvan » Tue Sep 11, 2012 4:04 am

Sure, i will add this to the wiki. I will also add that you can use eePe http://code.google.com/p/eepe/ as well to program your radio. That said it looks like eePe for Mac OS X is behind in versions of the other platforms.

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Re: How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

Post by Kilrah » Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:00 pm

Yeah eepe is a bit late on mac. Companion9x is up to date though.

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Re: How to program your radio using an Apple Mac OSX

Post by maninvan » Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:35 pm

I have added this to the wiki. Please feel free to edit and make it conform to the style guides you have.

http://openrcforums.com/wiki/index.php/ ... er_Drivers

I hope this helps :)

Cheers

Bill


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