Tuesday, March 5, 2013


I just purchased an Arduino Nano (http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardNano).  The photo in that link shows the 2.2 version, but I received the 3.0 version (pictured below).  I have a number of ideas for what I'd like to do with it, but the first order of business is getting anything to run.

Arduino Nano 3.0

My platform is Windows, so I'm basically following the instructions here.

Some things to note:

  1. The instructions say that the power LED is green, except that on my Arduino Nano the power LED is actually blue.
  2. The driver installation on Windows 8 'just worked', I didn't need to install any drivers, Windows found them automatically and installed the Arduino as a USB Serial Port on COM3.
  3. The instructions for the example say that the LED labeled 'L' will blink orange, on my Nano, that LED is white and so it just blinks white.
That was basically it.  After following those instructions (which were pretty simple) I was able to get code running on the Arduino.  It took all of 15 minutes.

Now I just need to get some of the other hardware so I can actually do something with it.