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== Reading ADC values over I2C using Python ==
 
== Reading ADC values over I2C using Python ==
  
I ([[User:AndrewS|AndrewS]]) recently bought a [http://www.abelectronics.co.uk/products/3/Raspberry-Pi/7/ADC-Pi---Raspberry-Pi-Analogue-to-Digital-converter ADC Pi] RaspberryPi addon board from http://www.abelectronics.co.uk/ - there were a few tricky points in getting it working, so I thought I'd write this step-by-step tutorial. The instructions below are all based on the [http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian distro] but should be equally applicable to other distros.
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I ([[User:AndrewS|AndrewS]]) recently bought a [http://www.abelectronics.co.uk/products/3/Raspberry-Pi/7/ADC-Pi---Raspberry-Pi-Analogue-to-Digital-converter ADC Pi] ('''A'''nalogue to '''D'''igital '''C'''onverter) RaspberryPi addon board from http://www.abelectronics.co.uk/ - there were a few tricky points in getting it working, so I thought I'd write this step-by-step tutorial. The instructions below are all based on the [http://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian distro] but should be equally applicable to other distros.
  
 
=== Instructions ===
 
=== Instructions ===
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#* add '''i2c-dev''' to the end of ''/etc/modules''
 
#* add '''i2c-dev''' to the end of ''/etc/modules''
 
#* comment out (with a '''#''') the line that says '''blacklist i2c-bcm2708''' in ''/etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf''
 
#* comment out (with a '''#''') the line that says '''blacklist i2c-bcm2708''' in ''/etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf''
# Enable the pi user to access I2C hardware
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# Enable the current user to access I2C hardware
 
#* install i2c-tools (includes ''i2cdetect'' and adds the ''i2c'' group) with: '''sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install i2c-tools'''
 
#* install i2c-tools (includes ''i2cdetect'' and adds the ''i2c'' group) with: '''sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install i2c-tools'''
#* add the ''pi'' user to the ''i2c'' group with: '''sudo adduser $USER i2c'''
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#* add the current user to the ''i2c'' group with: '''sudo adduser $USER i2c'''
 
# Install the Quick2Wire Python API
 
# Install the Quick2Wire Python API
 
#* install ''git'' with: '''sudo apt-get install git'''
 
#* install ''git'' with: '''sudo apt-get install git'''
 
#* download the API with: '''git clone https://github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-python-api.git'''
 
#* download the API with: '''git clone https://github.com/quick2wire/quick2wire-python-api.git'''
#* enable Python to access the API by adding '''export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:$HOME/quick2wire-python-api/src''' to the end of ''/home/pi/.profile''
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#* enable Python to access the API by adding '''export PYTHONPATH=$PYTHONPATH:$HOME/quick2wire-python-api/src''' to the end of ''~/.profile''
 
# Reboot to enable all the above changes
 
# Reboot to enable all the above changes
 
#* '''sudo reboot'''
 
#* '''sudo reboot'''

Revision as of 14:04, 24 September 2012

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Reading ADC values over I2C using Python

I (AndrewS) recently bought a ADC Pi (Analogue to Digital Converter) RaspberryPi addon board from http://www.abelectronics.co.uk/ - there were a few tricky points in getting it working, so I thought I'd write this step-by-step tutorial. The instructions below are all based on the 2012-09-18-wheezy-raspbian distro but should be equally applicable to other distros.

Instructions

Files in the /etc directory below need to be edited as root, so use sudo nano filename

  1. Enable I2C support
    • add i2c-dev to the end of /etc/modules
    • comment out (with a #) the line that says blacklist i2c-bcm2708 in /etc/modprobe.d/raspi-blacklist.conf
  2. Enable the current user to access I2C hardware
    • install i2c-tools (includes i2cdetect and adds the i2c group) with: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install i2c-tools
    • add the current user to the i2c group with: sudo adduser $USER i2c
  3. Install the Quick2Wire Python API
  4. Reboot to enable all the above changes
    • sudo reboot
  5. Download and run the demo script

If everything went well you should now find that you get:
1: 0.000000
2: 0.000000
3: 0.000000
4: 0.000000
5: 0.000000
6: 0.000000
7: 0.000000
8: 0.000000
printed repeatedly to the screen. You can test that the ADC is working by using e.g. a bent paperclip to connect the "5V" on the board to one of the eight ADC channels, and the corresponding reading on screen should then read approximately 5V (in fact, the voltage output by your PSU).

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