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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Programming Teensylu/Printrboard from Linux

I have been testing these two boards as a posible replacement for RAMPS in my 3D printers. Nothing wrong with RAMPS, but these two boards are simpler, cheaper and smaller. But they share a problem: they are not easy to program from Arduino IDE.

After a long dance I was able to do in Windows, and I am almost positive same can be done in Linux, but I am kind of tired of trying out things.

The bottom line is that because these boards are based on ATMega1286 they lack of a USB-to-serial chip as many Arduino boards do (except Leonardo).  So that means the usual bootloader and protocol are not a choice here.

Long ago, Paul Stoffregen developed an Arduino-like board using similar chips and built all the required add-ons so they could be programmed from Arduino IDE. These tools can be adapted to be used in the AT90USB1286-based boards with LUFA CDC bootloader and they work ok in Windows (once you manage to get every detail just right).

I was not so lucky in Linux and after some small research I realized that avrdude was used in Windows and that protocol involved was avr109.

So, mostly as I reminder to myself, I am using this line of code for uploading compiled code to my Teensylu board in Linux:

sudo ./avrdude -p at90usb1286 -c avr109 -P /dev/ttyACM0 -C ./avrdude.conf -U flash:w:Marlin.cpp.hex

I am using averdude version that comes with Arduino 1.0.5, not sure if it does matter or not.


  • At 4:22 am, Anonymous FLee said…

    I've run into problems following your steps, but hopefully this will clear some things up for people.

    I was compiling successfully under Teensy2.0++. However, the PJRC uploader wanted me to hit the reboot button for some reason... so I couldn't upload. (I couldn't get avrdude to work either)

    So I decided to try PrintrBot's old instructions... When I got the boards.txt ( recommended by the PrintrBot firmware instructions ( I couldn't get it to compile, but it saw the correct serial port (ttyACM0). It said that it was missing Arduino.h (WHAT???) and some other header file.

    I then opened up the boards.txt file under the teensy directory, and found that:

    is incorrect. It should be:

    After that, it says that it uploaded. Whether or not it actually did, I'll find out soon enough with (or without) a calibration square.

    Unfortunately as of this writing, I still cannot get the avrdude command to work with my Printrbot RevE board. :(

  • At 8:49 am, Blogger Miguel Sánchez said…

    I remind the process of getting it to work as an obstacle race. I think I had it to work without the change you suggest but I think I have done that change later. The problem is the system I did it with is no longer available for me to double check.


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