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This serie of pages on this website will help you on your way with
(OEM) Basic Stamp II microcontroller.
I started using this microcontroller to get some knowledge about
the usability of microcontrollers in general, and more specific
to build my own home alarm system. I found out that the Basic-Stamp
is quite a nice controller to work with.
For those who are new to microcontrollers: a microcontroller can
be seen as a mini computer, which you can (easily!) program and
use to your needs, like controlling lights, reading temperatures,
etc. The possibilities are almost endless!
OEM BASIC Stamp II controller (I used the OEM kit to start with) is
a relatively cheap microcontrol which is easy to program. Even non-programmers
will get along with the very easy PBASIC - a derivate of common used BASIC.
The OEM kit, which I use, has to be assembled
by yourself. If you don't have to much soldering experience, then you
might consider either to buy a different kit from Parallax
or to start learning how to solder or have someone with experience do
it for you.
One piece of advise in advance: use a good soldering
iron with a fine tip. I used a soldering iron with temperature regulator
(max. 450 degrees Celcius). The high temperature has the advantage that
one can quickly solder connections. The downside is that if you hold the
tip to the contact to long, you might damage the component you are soldering.
The documentation that comes with the kit is very good,
but as a beginner I found it rather confusing to find some of the basics.
So I wrote this page for you other potential users out there. I hope it
will save you a little bit of time.
When building the OEM Baisc Stamp II kit, you should
ALWAYS follow the instructions that came with the kit. This can be either
a booklet or a CD-Rom. Incase you have only a CD-Rom, then it's adviseable
to either use the Parallax navigator (in the root of the CD-Rom: Welcome.exe
- which autoruns if autorun is enabled on your PC).
If you do not want to use this navigator, then please
take a look at the Adobe
Acrobat document called OEM_BS2_Manual.PDF in the directory \Documentation\Basic_Stamps\OEM_BS2
(relative to the root of the CD-Rom).
Adobe Acrobat can be found on the CD-Rom in the directory \Acrobat Reader
or at the Adobe website.
To quickly assemble the board, you might also consider
taking a look at my own assembly