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Post Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
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This is our lower cost alternative to the standard R3 Uno, but in this case lower cost doesn't mean less features. In fact we have made several improvements to the standard R3 Uno, hence the 'plus'. By taking advantage of the latest USB components together with using surface mount technology for the main processor we have been able to significantly reduce the cost of this development board. But what's the plus all about? Well, whilst making changes to the latest R3 design we also decided to add a few improvements:


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The first thing you may notice is the additional header pins supplied with the board. These can be fitted to the row of headers that we have added alongside the standard Arduino headers giving it more connect-ability. Add them to the upper side of the board to have additional connections to each pin, or add them to the bottom to get access to pins obscured by shields.

We also know that when experimenting you can never have enough power connections so we've added a header with plenty of 5V, 3.3V and GND pins. Plus added pins for Serial and I2C interfaces.

We've even improved on the standard artwork to make it clearer, and on the underside we've also added extra information for alternative pin functions - very useful if you like to hack your Uno.

We've changed the USB interface to lower the cost of the board.

But don't worry, despite all the improvements it's still an Uno. It will work just as well with the Arduino IDE and is compatible with any hardware that works with an ordinary R3 Uno. Just install the drivers (see links below) and select the board type as 'Arduino Uno' and you're good to go.



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This product is derived from the Arduino(TM) reference design which was released under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license.

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Technical support for any product sold by Hobby Components should be directed to Hobby Components. We have no affiliation with Arduino.


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USB 32/64 bit drivers for Microsoft windows computer can be downloaded from our Github page here:
https://github.com/HobbyComponents/CH340-Drivers


Windows Installation Instructions

Drivers are available in the link below. Simply download and unzip them, plug in your Uno+ and when the new hardware is detected, point the wizard to the folder you just unzipped to and it should install without any problems.

Windows Driver here



MAC installation instructions


New code signed version confirmed to work with 10.12 Sierra

Attachment:
CH34x_Install_V1.3.zip



Older code signed version confirmed to work with El Capitan

Attachment:
CH34x_OSX.zip


Instructions:

Download the driver (you must be logged in to download)

Once downloaded, double-click the zip file to unzip it.

Run installer found in that folder.

If asked to restart, do not restart just yet.

Now restart your Mac.



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Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:13 am
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Post El Capitan and Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+
Mac users will probably find that their Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100) is not recognised properly in the Arduino Dev Environment in OSX El Capitan.

You need a signed, updated driver available here:-


http://www.strongsoft.co.uk/ch34xInstaller.pkg.zip

Hope this helps!


Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:54 am
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
Just got an Uno Plus and can't wait to check it out.

First thing... the onboard LED that indicates "on" status is far too bright. Not to mention that it is red, which indicates a fault in pretty well every visual vocabulary!

So, first, is there any way to disable it? Temporary or permanent solutions welcome.

Second, you should consider replacing it with green or white in future iterations.


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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
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So, first, is there any way to disable it? Temporary or permanent solutions welcome.


No permanent way to disable it without removing a resistor or the LED itself. Temporary: Electrical tape or dim it with a black maker pen ;-)

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Second, you should consider replacing it with green or white in future iterations.


Thanks for your feedback, we'll take it into consideration.

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Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:20 pm
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
OK electrical tape it is! Thanks for the quick reply. Was kind of hoping for an assembler hack. :-)


Tue Mar 08, 2016 9:01 pm
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
Hi..i am new here. First of all thanks for posting a helpful information here. I want to know that the onboard LED that indicates "on" status is far too bright. Not to mention that it is red, which indicates a fault in pretty well every visual vocabulary.First, is there any way to disable it? Temporary or permanent solutions welcome.Also you should consider replacing it with green or white in future iterations.

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Wed Jun 22, 2016 3:01 pm
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
Thanks for the feedback. We will soon be coming to the end of our current production run at which point we'll have an opportunity to make minor modifications. We'll take the suggestions about the power LED into consideration.

There is no way to disable the power LED without making modifications to the board. I.e. removing either the LED, its current limiting resistor, or more permanently cutting a track. As mentioned in my reply to rparmar, probably the best non-permanant way to dim the LED would be use a indelible marker pen to colour in the LED.

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Thu Jun 23, 2016 7:55 am
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
Just bought one of these boards, but trying to programme it from Linux seems like a non-starter (unless I'm missing something). I can probably develop my code on a genuine Arduino Uno (that works beautifully under Linux) and then port it via a borrowed computer but that's a major pain. Shame as it appeared like a promising alternative.


Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:21 am
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Post Re: Hobby Components Arduino Compatible Uno+ (HCARDU0100)
I can't give you specific help for your version of Linux however in most versions of Linux the CH340 driver (required for the USB interface on the Uno+) is usually already built into the Linux kernel. So it will normally just work by plugging it in. If you think your problem is caused by a missing driver it can be downloaded from the CH340 IC manufactures website:

http://www.wch.cn/download/CH341SER_LINUX_ZIP.html

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