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Throttle mid/hover.

Started by Jason Greening. Last reply by Jason Greening 10 hours ago. 34 Replies

In mission planner it tells me that my throttle hover is 649 or 64.9%. So am I right in assuming I need to set my mid throttle at the same 649?Continue

Pixhawk external LED?

Started by Hugues. Last reply by André Zibaia da Conceição on Tuesday. 50 Replies

Hi,Anyone succeeded to install external LEDs on Pixhawk?On APM we could configure the param Led_mode to a binary value representing which actions turn LEDs on A5 and A6.Is there an equivalent feature…Continue

Mission Planner 1.3.43 problem

Started by Don Roberts. Last reply by Mark Brummett Jan 11. 4 Replies

Just updated to this and now I don have access to the full parameter list and some main menu items are missing.What is up?Continue

MAVLink Tutorial for Absolute Dummies (Part –I)

Started by Shyam Balasubramanian. Last reply by Randy Grinter Jan 11. 98 Replies

Hi All,I was recently fiddling around the code for a while and decided to create a tutorial out of it so that others may find it useful. If I would have known this knowledge long back, I am sure I…Continue

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Comment by mark on July 24, 2013 at 7:33am

Hi Wayne, Bill, et al,

I just uploaded a video of my setup and apparent problem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beOt-r2cU7s

I am really excited to get this thing in the air. I believe it has all the components... but I must be not doing something correctly.

Any advice/ suggestions are more than welcome.

Thanks to all viewers,

mark

Comment by Wayne Morris on July 24, 2013 at 5:37am

Mark, if you have the power module, you don't need the jumper. If you don't use the power module you can use the jumper. It should have some with the APM controller. It is a small black square. This is a jumper like is used on a hard drive and other electronics to select options.

Look at this link to see the options on powering.

http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-apm25_overview/

Comment by iskess on July 23, 2013 at 11:12pm
Mark,
When I said do a "reset" I don't mean hit the reset button, I meant via CLI, type in 'SETUP', 'RESET' and it wipes your board clean back to factory defaults. Then I loaded my parameters, then my GPS started working. I have no idea if this is your problem, but I had the same symptom and that's how I got it working again.

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Comment by Bill Bonney on July 23, 2013 at 8:52pm
@mark: please go to http://copter.ardupilot.com for step by step setup instructions. I'm assuming you have the APM Power module so there is no need to use the power supply from the ESCs. This means you less likely have a brownout and a crash. If you have any further questions, raise then as a forum discussion as its much easier to discuss the particulars. Thnaks

(Wow: autocorrected from setup to stupid. That's definitely not what I meant!)
Comment by mark on July 23, 2013 at 8:34pm

@Wayne, so I would need that jumper in order to power it like I would the kk2 board correct? Sorry if I sound like a newbie... I am! Where could I get such a jumper?

Comment by mark on July 23, 2013 at 8:30pm

Thanks @Wayne. Man, I really want to get this thing set up! More tomorrow. Thanks all!

Comment by Wayne Morris on July 23, 2013 at 8:05pm

@Mark -

APM 2.5 has a two buss system for power. If you use the 3DR power module, it can power the receiver and APM. There is a jumper you can install and power the entire system from one of the ESCs. Check the setup stuff on the APM.

Comment by mark on July 23, 2013 at 7:47pm

Yeah I just tried the reset button, and loaded in everything again.. still nothing. I'll get it, just really frustrating... I will say I am super excited about getting this all to work. My next problem seems to be the electrical which for whatever reason doesnt seem to take the power from the ESCs... oh well... one step at a time. Thanks for the response. Any help is totally welcome ;) ---cheers all.

Comment by iskess on July 23, 2013 at 6:59pm
I had a similar thing happen where the GPS wasn't bring seen. I swapped out with another GPS and that didn't help, so I knew it was a software issue. I saved my parameters, reset the APM, reloaded the parameters and everything worked again.
I'll never know what happened.
Comment by mark on July 23, 2013 at 6:03pm

Hi all,

 

I am installing arducopter 3.02 from the mission planner via usb...that all works really well. What is interesting is that I can't get the GPS to work (or register) in Mission Planner. So I just get a "No GPS" in the right corner. I am using the 433Mhz ArduFlyer UAV GPS Flight Control System' http://www.rctimer.com/product_837.html

I got this to work when I installed it originally a few days ago. It just worked right off the bat. Then I realized that the cables werent soldered very well so I put them together tighter. So now, it GPS lights up, the boards shows that it is 'alive' but nothing seems to register.

I really want to get this going and after sinking a ton of time in to this I am flustered as to what I should do. Anyway, any help/advice would be totally appreciated.

Best to all,

mark

 
 
 

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