Is there a page that goes over how to debug and calibrate the ArduIMU? I'm not sure even what board I should have selected in Arduino GUI for building. Also, I'd like to know what the different LED patterns mean also. Some type of page with that type of information would be great. Does it exist?
This is just about all that I can help you with as I am new to Arduino and the ArduIMU hardware too.
The ArduIMU v3 is based on an Arduino 328 @ 16 MHz board so if you use the Arduino board setting:
"Arduino Pro or Pro mini (5v, 16MHz) w/ AT Mega 328".
That is what mine is set for and it loads and runs basic Arduino programs. I am using Arduino v1.0 so far, but I am having other problems getting the compiler to work with code supplied in the forums for the IMU. But that is on me.
Make sure you have your Serial Port matched in the Arduino environment to what number port your machine gives it.
The Arduino bootloader selection should not matter if you use the "upload" button since you have the board type set, it would only matter if you clicked on "burn bootloader". But DON'T DO THAT anyway as the ArduIMU comes with the correct bootloader on it (as I understand) since it accepts programs for me as it is out of the box.
The red and blue LEDs will flash as the board boots up i.e. after power on and after the reset button is pressed.
On this ArduIMU board, you must press the reset button on the board a second or so before the Arduino environment uploads the program in order for the board to accept the programming as it will only accept a program during its boot phase. If the program requires a long compile time, you may have to wait to manually time the reset button push (as I understand it).
Try uploading basic Arduino programs like "blink" etc to verify your upload is working first. In Arduino environment click: File, Examples, Basics, Blink. (just in case someone else may need this info).
I agree with the page suggestion for basic settings "ArduIMU v3 Basic Settings".
Hope this helps.
Thank you very much for your help. I have uploaded a program successfully, and even seen raw values for the sensors and had some luck with HK GCS. But, the ArduIMU doesn't seem to have documents on how to use it. Someone should have a wiki where people can edit to improve the knowledge for all to see. Right now, only the advanced people will know how to used this. I'm just saying... the bar needs to be lowered. :) The example I use is the aeroquad, where there is all types of information about setting up, testing, calibrating etc. I figured there would be something like that here, but I don't even see it for say the ArduIMU v2, or APM.