Getting Started Basics
Each group has a Windows 2000 PC with an account set up:
password: group# where # is the group number
This account is in the Administrators group. I suggest one group member use this account to manage the machine and set up user accounts for the other group members. You can do this by opening the following links:
Start-Settings-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Local Users and Groups-Users
Select Actions-New User and fill in the user details
I also suggest all members be put in the Administrators Group which will give each user full control over the Windows system.
Start-Settings-Control Panel-Administrative Tools-Computer Management-Local Users and Groups-Groups-Administrators
Press the Add button, select the user and press Add again then OK twice.
Note you will be prompted to change your group password the first time you log in - let the rest of your group know what the new password is.
The IDE Brix Command Centre has been provided on the Windows 2000 PCs and can be used to program the Lego RCX Module.
The first thing you must do after fitting the batteries into the RCX module is to download the Firmware.
Attach the Lego IR Tower to COM Port 2 of the PC ( COM1 will be used by Microsoft eMbedded Tools to communicate with the Arcom board - see later) and do the following:
Power on the RCX module
Launch BrixCC select Automatic in the Searching for Brick dialogue box
Under the Tools menu select Download Firmware
The firmware you want is: C:\unzipped\RCX2_SDK_BETA\firm0328.lgo
In Chose the Firmware file dialogue navigate to it
Make sure the RCX module is ON
Select firm0328.lgo and open it
The firmware will be downloaded to the LEGO Brick - making it an RCX2 module
Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools - eMbedded Visual C++ 3.0
The IDE Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools - eMbedded Visual C++ 3.0 is used to write/compile/debug programs to run on the Arcom Media GX board under Microsoft CE.
In order to download the programs to the Arcom board there are two things that must be done:
Configure a serial communications port on the Windows 2000 PC and configure eMbedded Tools for PPP Transport.
Configure Serial Port:
This should already be done for you. However, if you wish to configure another connection do the following:
A Dial-up Computer-to-Computer connection should be configured for COM Port 1 of the PC as follows:
Start-Settings-Network & Dial-up Connections-Make New Connection
In the Network Connections Wizard press Next
Select Connect Directly to Another Computer
Select Properties and configure the Port speed = 19200 and Flow control = Hardware
Select the Advanced tab and configure the Data bits = 8, Parity = None and Stop bits = 1
Allocate the user
Give a name for your connection e.g. Arcom Board
Configure eMbedded Visual Tools:
Launch Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools - Visual C++ 3.0 and under the Tools menu select Configure Platform Managerů.
Select ARCH1PLATFORM (Default Device)
Select PPP Transport for Windows CE
Select Manual Server
You should refer to:http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/teaching/cs3/sysdesign/wince/index.html
for the creation of CE programs and downloading to the Arcom board.
12 April 2002