Installation instructions

You need a desktop or laptop computer in order to program a Gadgeteer mainboard. Before starting to work with Gadgeteer, ensure that you have downloaded and installed all the software on to your machine. You need three different pieces of software:
• The Microsoft Visual Studio programming application for developing code;
• The Microsoft .NET Micro Framework system which allows your code to run on a Gadgeteer mainboard;
• A software development kit (SDK) from the manufacturer of the particular Gadgeteer components you are using.

All modern software is updated frequently by the companies who develop it, in order to fix any problems and add new features. The same is true of the Gadgeteer software components listed above and it’s important that you use the right versions! There are currently two popular versions of Microsoft Visual Studio and you can use either one as long as you install the associated version of the .NET Micro Framework.

The installers are pretty easy to use. You must install the software in the order given below. Some of the installations involve downloading a zipped file. In this case you must extract all the contents before running the Setup program.

If you want to use Visual Studio 2012 edition, this is exactly what you need to get your Fez Cerberus Tinker Kit up-and-running:
• Visual Studio Express 2012 for Desktop;
(http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34673)
• Microsoft .NET Micro Framework 4.3 SDK;
(http://netmf.codeplex.com/downloads/get/500745)
• GHI NETMF and Gadgeteer Package 2013 R2.
(https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/4/netmf-and-gadgeteer-package-2013-r2)
Fez Config

 

 

Alternatively you can use the following:
• Visual Basic 2010 Express;
(http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/downloads#d-2010-express)
• Microsoft .NET Micro Framework 4.2 SDK;
(http://netmf.codeplex.com/downloads/get/470705)
• GHI NETMF and Gadgeteer Package 2013 R2.
(https://www.ghielectronics.com/support/netmf/sdk/4/netmf-and-gadgeteer-package-2013-r2)
Fez Config
 

The Express Editions of both Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2012 are free, but if you already have another version of Visual Studio 2010 or 2012 which supports Visual Basic it is fine to use this instead. The rest of the software is also free.

 

***Note: If you were part of previous training and have an older mainboard than the one we are running for the school pilot. You will need to UDATE the firmware. This is a simple task and takes 20min. Ensure you have installed all the latest versions of the software listed in the install section. This will install a tool called FEZ Config, (you can also find it here, C:\Program Files (x86)\GHI Electronics\GHI FEZConfig).If you cannot find the tool, check you have installed the LATEST GHI software.
Run the tool, plug in your hardware and select firmware from the menu and follow the instructions to update. ***