Registration

V Select Register from the menu bar.

V Select Free Home/Educ Standard License.

V A box will appear informing you that some features will be disabled. Click Yes.

V Another box will appear thanking you for registering. Click OK. Configuring and Testing

Before going any further let's make sure you can plot some simple data using StampPlot.

V Open your BASIC Stamp Editor software.

V Open StampPlot, if it is not still open.

The default screen, shown in Figure C-1, provides a variety of ready to run plots and a BASIC Stamp module test program.

V Click on the button "View BS2 Data Code Sample."

V Answer Yes to the security message.

V A text window will open with PBASIC code. Copy and paste the code into your BASIC Stamp Editor.

V In the BASIC Stamp Editor, select the model of BASIC Stamp module you are using from the toolbar to place the appropriate compiler directive in your program.

V Download the program to your BASIC Stamp module.

V View the BASIC Stamp Editor Debug Terminal briefly. You will see data being sent from the BASIC Stamp module.

V Make note of the Com Port in use; this can be found in the top right box of the Debug Terminal.

V Close the Debug Terminal. Only one program can access the communications port receiving this data at any one time. Before StampPlot can accept and use this data the BASIC Stamp Editor's Debug Terminal must be closed.

V Bring up StampPlot Pro.

V In StampPlot, click the "Run No-Frills Plot' button. This will give you the simple plotting configuration.

V Click the Connect button on the StampPlot button bar. ^

If you get an error message stating there was a problem opening the port:

V Ensure that the BASIC Stamp Editor Debug Terminal is closed.

V Open the Configuration Window. ^

V Select the Port tab.

V Select the correct COM Port, which must be the same one that was in use by the BASIC Stamp Editor's Debug Terminal.

V Click "Set as Default" to lock it in.

V Try connecting again.

If you do not get a connection error message, but do not see an indication of data arriving (R flashing red in lower left corner and no data being plotted):

V Select the Port tab.

V Select the correct COM Port to see if you had the wrong one.

V If that doesn't help, un-check "DTR Enabled". For certain BASIC Stamp hardware configurations having this checked will 'lock-up' your BASIC Stamp module. All carrier boards from Parallax will work with this enabled.

V Reconnect.

Once you are connected, and you see the flashing red "R" in the lower left hand corner of your screen, continue on as follows:

V Click the Plot button to enable plotting on StampPlot. IS

V Click the Plot button to enable plotting on StampPlot. IS

If all has gone well you should see 4 analog channels and 2 digital values being plotted! The data is plotted with value for the Y-axis and time of plotting on the X-axis.

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