Arduino manual setup

If you had an issue during the quick setup, or if you want to know how it works, you're in the right place!


Arduino manual setup
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Download and install the Arduino IDE

Go to the official Arduino website, and download Arduino 1.8+.

  • This might require administrator rights on the computer
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and even Raspberry Pi!
  • Download and install the software
  • Windows users: Install the drivers when asked to

Now, we need to setup two key elements to be able to program on your Gamebuino: the board and the libraries.

Install the boards

  • Launch the Arduino IDE

  • Click on "Files/Preferences"

  • Copy the following address in "Additional Boards Manager URLs:". If you already have other URLs present, separate them with a comma ",": or (alternatively)

  • You can check "Show verbose output during compilation" and during "upload" to have more info about what is going on under the hood.

  • Click "OK"

  • Click on "Tools/Boards/Board Manager..."

  • Wait for the boards list to be updated. We will now download two boards

  • Search for "Arduino SAMD" and install it

  • Search for "Gamebuino META" and install it

  • Sit down and relax while it's downloading. You can check out the Creations and give a few likes to kill time :)

  • Click "Close"

  • Click on "Tools/Boards/Gamebuino META" (at the bottom of the list) to select the right device

  • Linux only: Give permission to the serial port with one of the following commands depending on your system, then log out and in again

    • Raspberry + Archlinux: sudo usermod -a -G uucp $USER
    • Ubuntu: sudo usermod -a -G dialout $USER

Install the library

  • Launch the Arduino IDE (if you closed it)

  • Click on "Sketch/Include Library/Manage Libraries"

  • Wait for the library list to be updated

  • Search for "Gamebuino META" and install it

  • Close your eyes, breathe deeply and think about the game you want to make while it's downloading.

  • Click on "Close"

If you have a Gamebuino, it's time to try out your first code!