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Project with 4060 Counter IC

Hi guys!

I can't understand why this project works as the guy states: http://www.kpsec.freeuk.com/projects/xmastree.htm

basically, by what i understood, the 3 columns of LEDs blink at different Hertz, but i don't understand why. Since they are connected to V+ and V0, should they stay firmly switched on? How can connecting a wire in between a column with an output which can be high or low affect this?

Getting the most from an LED

Hi guys. I have recently written the walkthorugh on how to transmit serial data with an IR led and it works fine. Now to the next step: i want to achieve the highest range possible with my LED, without using external aids such as lenses. (that is: only with electronics).

IR and pulsin

After some time of idleness i got to work again on my IR setup. I still have some problem understanding what happens.

This is my setup:

Transmitter: picaxe28x1, IR led (tsal6100)with cathode connected to pwm (%50 duty, 38000Hz), anode to an output pin.


pwm bla bla (set up of pwm)

pause 500

pulsout 7, 250


Receiver: picaxe28a, IR receiver and demodulator (tsop1238) properly connected.




pulsin INPUT_PIN, 0, w0

goto main


Frets on Fire

Hi guys! i want to introduce to you (some already know about it) this game. It's a guitar hero clone, and for the ones who don't know what it is, well, it is a game in which you have to impersonate a guitarist and play famous songs with your keyboard or "toy" guitar. You basically see various kind of notes (which are basically small dots on the screen) scrolling down towards you and your goal is to get as many as possible.

Kind of hard to explain....why don't you give it a go? :D

Decoding IR without INFRAIN

hi guys!

i need some help from you guys. I have found this page, and it has really helped me a lot: http://www.world-educational-services.net/PICAXE%20Infra-Red%20Interfacing.htm

 what i wanna talk about today is the "Decoding without INFRAIN or INFRAIN2", where the author of the page is trying to decode the IR signal coming from his sony remote. Above this is an explanation of how the Sony protocol works.

Capacitor's voltage rating

Hi guys.

Do you know what the voltage rating on capacitors is? My idea is that the voltage rating is just the maximum voltage it can take before the blue smoke comes out, but i'm not sure.

thank you :) 

Picaxe 28A only works on board

Hi guys. This is very strange, really. And since it is very strange i must have forgot to do something very simple....

dealing/separating strings in BASIC

I didn't know whether to put this in absolute beginners or here..

anyways, what i'm trying to do is use my ADC port to get some values from one of my sensors and once i've done this i want this value to be displayed on a three digit seven segment display. I know how to right single numbers on the 7-segment display, but i wouldn't know how to deal with, say, a three digit number. 

where to place output pin

Hi guys.

i can't really understand why (i know it works, i just want to understand why :) )  you can connect the anode of a led (example) to V+ and the cathode to an output pin. shouldn't the cathode be connected to V- or Gnd?  (example shown on page 4 of the getting started picaxe manual)


oh by the way. in the manual it says this can be done with the darlington. Can it also be done without it?

(i could understand how it works with a transistor: output current goes to base and cathode of led gets connected to Gnd through collecter and emitter)

Writing/Reading with EEPROMs

Hi guys!

i would like to write and read this kind of EEPROM http://ww1.microchip.com/downloads/en/DeviceDoc/21711G.pdf 

the problem is that i don't really know how to.

My aim is to establish a serial connection with it via my picaxe (it's gonna be one of the "M" series), and of course, once i've done this, to read it and write on it. 

does picaxe have some simple code to read/write them?

Another thing: in the pin description it says i have to connect a pin to a "serial clock". What is that? or what pin would it be on the picaxe?