as many of you, after upgrading im sitting with a 1280 APM board still a perfectley good board. shouldnt we try and find a secondary use for it . like camera scypt . gimbal stabilization , pan tilt contoller for FPV flights ?
what other ideas can you come up with ?
Same here, APM s/w 2.3 worked fine, BUT I just pulled down 2.4 from git, compiled (2.3.1) and just lost logging. When I enable logging I run out of program space. Anyone else encounter this with 2.4?
I would like logging, and have 2 APM1.4 boards... otherwise, I just may try the solder-reworking mod of replacing the 1280 with a 2560 chip, just that reworking 100 pins sounds like I would go insane.
See my comment in the 2.4 thread.
I have a APM 1.0 system with the old ATMega 1280. I have just downloaded the latest version of Arduplane firmware to it. In general it seems to be working ok (I have not done any flight tests yet) but some times I get errors in mission planner saying certain parameters or configurations could not be saved. I was wondering if this might be a symptom of using the 1280 version instead of the 2560? In general, what problems might show up from the smaller memory?
Johan, I have a friend who has the technical ability to swap out those chips, he already successfully converted a MK FC 2.0 to a 2.1 by replacing the chip. He is based in Cape Town though, so you'd need to send the boards and the replacement chips down here. He would probably want a small fee but that's up to him.
This thread has been inactive for a while but anyway.. I'm also a proud owner of an APM1280 and plan to continue using it for a while in my planes. Personally I think there is no reason to retire it if one is willing to forgo plug&play style UAV-ing and instead compiles the code oneself, once the "official" support is stopped (maybe it already is, no idea).
Actually that may be a chance for a more modular autopilot and cleaner code, as it is already done for the libraries. Also, once one steps away from pre-compiled images there is a lot of room for optimization (there are actually compiler flags for code size reduction, etc.). Anyway.. Maybe that's a topic more appropriate for the rants&raves thread :)