Freematics Telematics Kit #1 – Not so cool!?!?!

It was working for a while. I decided to tidy it up and use a breadboard. After plugging into the breadboard I tried to download a different program into the Nano, which worked. At some point the Nano’s driver in Windows stopped working. So I installed this http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/CDM/CDM%20v2.12.06%20WHQL%20Certified.zip. This also worked for a while. The next day it wouldn’t connect 😦

Everytime I tried to upload it would fail with “…avrdud…not in sync resp=0xca”. I eventually found this http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=73748.0 which provides instructions to test the board by performing a loopback test. I did that and the return from loopback test was “NON GENUINE DEVICE FOUND!”. Just great 😦

Update 1:
Here are the steps to fix it:
1) Follow http://electropit.com/index.php/2015/09/06/arduino-nano-v3-0-clones/. When it talks about burning the bootloader then follow http://www.instructables.com/id/How-To-Burn-a-Bootloader-to-Clone-Arduino-Nano-30/?ALLSTEPS
2) Install the Arduino USB drivers from C:\Program Files (x86)\Arduino\drivers\

And it works again! 🙂

The moral of the story? Buy genuine or buy compatible boards from a reputable source such as Core Electronics.

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2 thoughts on “Freematics Telematics Kit #1 – Not so cool!?!?!

  1. Hello,
    Can you make a video of how this reacts in the car during driving ? I’m thinking about buying one.
    Thanks.

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