September 16, 2010 AT 9:25 am

Feedback on the Chumby beta boards wanted (free gift for helping out!)

Chumbyhackerboard Lrg-3

Feedback on the Chumby beta boards wanted – make sure to post in the forums there, not the comments here – thanks!

If you post in the Chumby forums with feedback drop us an email support@adafruit.com with your order # from your Chumby order from us and we’ll send you out a special gift!

Greetings beta users of the hacker board!

Due to strong demand on the beta hackerboard, we’ve got to push up the schedule for the final release of the board. Before releasing the board for final production, however, I’d like to collect some feedback from existing users of the board. Please do post any comments or feedback you have on the boards!

In addition, for the final version, I’m considering dropping the Arduino connector headers. The headers aren’t 100% compatible with Arduino (the hackerboard has fewer PWM’s available so certain motor controller boards don’t work exactly as they do on Arduino), and they are a bit tricky for assembly. Instead, we’ll work with our distributors to make and stock a custom breakout board that plugs into the 44-pin header on the top-side of the board which will provide equivalent functions to many of the existing Arduino boards. Also, we should be able to make a breakout that plugs into the 44-pin header which can provide an Arduino interface for those who absolutely require a connector-compatible Arduino header.

Have any of the users on this forum made use of the Arduino headers, and if so, how have they been useful to you?

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3 Comments

  1. Looking forward to the release version!

  2. Video out gives both of my video monitors fits. Monitors display video compressed and wrapped/overlaid into top 1/4 of screen. I’ve seen the same problem with some video modes output from my Propeller demo board–what Andre La Mothe calls "advanced (higher) resolution modes". In other words, he’s saying my TVs can’t handle the signal (and should). My second monitor is SMdigitallllll brand, sold by Parallax as TV monitor. Made for installing in Yuppie tubs as mobile babysitters. These should work.

    Any ideas? I’m looking around the house for a TV I can drag into the lab…

  3. blueeye, please post at the chumby forums for the OEM hackerboards (forums.chumby.com). thats where the designers hang out, they will be able to give you good advice on how to fix this! :) they dont read this blog

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