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  1. Hi Hamid, I think I found the potential issue that you're running into, which for some reason is not mentioned at all inside the provided manual. The PmodLS1 has the small orange/yellow knob that is the gain factor for that Pmod and controls the sensitivity of the sensors. If it is rotated too far to one side or the other the sensors will be either too sensitive so that they are always on or too insensitive so that they are always off. I would try rotating the knob until those four LEDs on the PmodLS1 turn on again, indicating that they are sensing the infrared being reflected off the white(ish) floor. This should hopefully make your robots turn on since the code only lets the robots turn on when the button is pressed or if some of the light sensors are sensing something. Everything else about your design seems to be done perfectly. Let me know how it goes. Thanks, JColvin
  2. Hi Team21, As zygot mentions, the current draw will be dependent on whatever peripherals you are running with the ZYBO board. As a reference though, in the ZYBO reference manual it recommends that if you are using a 5V "wall wart" power supply that it is able to provide at least 2.5A of current. You could use a more powerful 5V supply that allows for higher current draws if needbe. If you are concerned about running too much current/power through your ZYBO power rails to power all of your peripherals that you have going on without running into overheating issues, I would recommend trying to power any external applications with their own separate power supply. If everything you are doing is already built into the ZYBO board, then I believe a 5V 4A wall wart power supply will be plenty for your needs, but a 5V 2.5 power supply might also work. Again, it depends on how much current your design requires. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
  3. The link was gone like you said when I started writing this reply, but it appears to be back up now... hopefully it stays there. But PID control can quickly become a very involved topic, especially if you're not super familiar with some of the math and theory involved behind it, and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a lot of material out there that explains PID from the ground up. This project goes beyond the scope of what Digilent does as a company, and it's been awhile since I took a process control class, so I will be of limited help. However, I would recommend checking out these three links that get progressively more in depth on PID here, here, and here. There is also an (apparently) semi-famous article on PID for people with PhD's here that does a decent job on explaining the purpose of the three main parts of PID (proportional, integral, and derivative). Thanks, JColvin
  4. Hi, When you say it is not running, what do you mean? Are the motors turning on but the wheels aren't turning? The robot doesn't turn on at all? Did you program the chipKIT MX3 board through MPIDE? If you can post a photo of your setup, that would be great. Thanks, JColvin
  5. Hi Fazeel, I haven't gotten the opportunity to learn much about the PmodBT2 yet, but there is a small demo that has been done that uses the PmodBt2 and the Nexys 3 available here on our wiki. Thanks, JColvin
  6. Hi neryggc, Check out these two other posts from our forum here and here. They're for other boards besides the Nexys 3, but the principle should be the same (as far as I know). Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
  7. Hi rbharvs, I'm personally not very familiar with FGPAs, but I can at least get you started. We've created a demo that uses the ADC on the Nexys 4 board which you can get here. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
  8. Hi c64, That website does describe the correct way to get any downloaded libraries accessible for MPIDE, and I presume that you included all 5 libraries that came in the deIPck zip file. Did you make sure to close out and restart MPIDE so that it can find the newly placed files? Thanks, JColvin
  9. Hi Alex, I apologize for not getting to you sooner. I'm not the most familiar with MPLAB X, but it seems your jumpers are all in the right location. After taking a look at the MX7 reference manual in Section 1.1 for programming, do you have the #pragma config ICESEL = ICS_PGx1 line in your code? That (apparently) is necessary for using the debugging/programming circuit on the chipKIT Pro MX7. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
  10. Hi Ferenc, Digilent personally offers the Box Monster as a K-12 project where people are able to build their first robotics/electronics project as a Box Monster that opens and closes its mouth. I'm personally not familiar with other maker options out there, although I have no doubt that there probably are some out there. Thanks, JColvin
  11. Here's a slightly more direct link to the material zygot is referring to: http://brettbeauregard.com/blog/2011/04/improving-the-beginners-pid-introduction/ I'll echo zygot in the fact that the material is a great place to start for PID control.
  12. Hi anil, The short answer is yes, you could potentially use the Analog Discovery as an ECG, although this project goes beyond the scope of what Digilent does as a company. However, there will likely be quite a bit of circuit building since you would need to get some sort of capacitive component (or whatever they use for the electrodes) and set up Waveforms to appropriately decode the incoming information. And if you're non-medical savvy like me, all the ECG would show is your heart rate which you can find just measuring your pulse. What I would recommend as a unofficial, unsanctioned bit of advice is to make sure you eat sometime before getting on the treadmill to make sure that your blood sugar is high enough, lest your muscles use up all of the immediately available energy stores, causing you to feel faint. Thanks, JColvin
  13. Hi bchatree, Please contact Digilent support at support_at_digilentinc_dot_com to find out that sort of information.
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    Cmod S6

    Hi rmrosnik, Is it all of the Cmod S6's that you have that are encountering this issue or just one of them? Thanks, JColvin
  15. Hi pinnocfa32, The forum is the right place to go to get answers for Digilent products. As for the Vref+ pin, it is on pin 42 as you mentioned. Looking at the silk screen on your microcontroller, this will be labeled as "A" and is next to digital pin 41. These are both on header J5 as described in the A/D Converter Reference section of the reference manual for the uC32 (pg 10). Note that the maximum voltage that can be applied to this pin is 3.3V, as limited by the ADC that is built into the PIC32 processor. You can check out a photo of where this is located on the uC32 from our image galleries https://forum.digilentinc.com/gallery/image/20-uc32-analog-ref/ That pin is located in the same location on the Basic IO Shield as well. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
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    uC32 Analog Ref

    From the album: Forum photos

    Location of Analog Vref+ voltage pin, pin 42
  17. Yep, that's exactly what will happen in this circuit.
  18. I'll put in a request to get it available on the website, so hopefully it will become more widely available soon. Thanks, JColvin
  19. Hi jvandijk, The dacpin (presuming you are looking at the ldacpin), is a pin that can be used to update all DAC registers simultaneously. However, the library that was written for the AnalogShield updates the DAC registers serially, so the LDAC pin needs to be connected to GND (or driven low in the case of this library). This is from page 31 of the DAC datasheet from TI: So, you would only need to operate this pin if you updating multiple DAC registers at the same time, but this was not done in the chipKIT libraries since the chipKIT Uno32 was plenty fast enough to make serial updates effective. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin
  20. Hi PPanther, I'm not sure which Digilent board you are referring to, but there is a pcore available for AC97 for the Genesys board. It is in the third link down in the Support Documents (DSD-0000275) on its product page. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks JColvin
  21. Hi lennyv62, Digilent has not personally made any Pmods that follow those particular standards. There may be other Pmods not made by Digilent that do follow those standards, but I'm not aware of any. Thanks, JColvin
  22. Hi Shawn, I'm uncertain of what you're asking about. Is the schematic for the generator? the Nexys 2? the control portion of the this project? What are you using the generator for, specifically? Thanks, JColvin
  23. Weird. It seems (from my personal guess) that its trying to pull the Wire library from a non-chipKIT Wire library source, since the code I posted compiles on my end without complaint. I'm personally not sure how to fix this off the top of my head, so I'll contact our support team about this and get back to you. Thanks, JColvin
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    Nexys 3/ PWM

    Hi shrestha, I would definitely recommend checking out this other post on our forum around post #10. Hamster (one of major contributors to our forum) does a fantastic job walking through how you would get a pwm signal up and running on an FPGA. Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks, JColvin