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== Get a Gamebuino ==
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'''The earthquake is really taking a toll as reported by the India News and Business News'''
  
To order a Gamebuino along with some cool customization accessories, head to the [http://gamebuino.com/shop Gamebuino Shop].
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There was all together four earthquakes which shook Nepal over. These seismic activities cover the northern and eastern India. Some of the districts are highly affected by the Tuesday’s magnitude which turned out to be upsetting. The structure and planning in Nepal is extremely low and keeps in record the distressing conditions which brought about the historic changes.  
  
While you wait for your Gamebuino to arrive, you can start to play and program games using one of the [[Emulators]].
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India News section of the Odisha Samaya is always updated with the recent news under the Earthquake aspect. The sightseeing segment is heavily affected by this devastation. The industry is suffering from lack of tourists as all the best places are worst affected. Even some of the best known monuments are wrecked down. Some of them are under the wreckage and thorny to recognize. The accommodation standard is quite low in Nepal in terms of India.  
  
== Use your Gamebuino ==
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Indian states like Kolkata, Bihar, Orissa and other neighboring states are economically, socially, geographically and sociologically affected by this changing season. In India, Delhi felt the tremor and the offices were evacuated completely. In Kolkata, the tremors threw a tizzy sensation around the offices, houses, apartments and malls. People came over the road out of fear and anxiety. India News section of Odisha Samaya is covering all the latest news 24X7.  
[[File:Gamebuino parts.jpg|center]]
 
  
=== Turn it on ===
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According to the Business News section Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has actually told the authorities to be alert for further devastations and tremors. The people of Uttar Pradesh have also suffered from these massive tremors. Business News of Odisha Samaya is covering all the latest news of relief operations and rescue missions to Nepal. Readers are suggested to follow the latest updates Live from Nepal. An Air Force M-17 is going to position in Kathmandu. It was sent to gain access to the damages which people are suffering from the tremors.
You just received your Gamebuino. Hurray! You should first turn it on to check that nothing has been damaged during shipping. If nothing shows up the battery may be empty or the screen may have moved... don't panic, and head to the [[troubleshooting]] page.
 
  
=== Load games from the micro SD card ===
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The well known five star hotels in Nepal are shutting down with time; the tremors have given them a reality check and to avoid the risk, they are shutting it down for atleast a fortnight. These shallow quakes are much deadly than usual, as they create tremors over a much smaller area.
[[File:Micro sd loader title screen.jpg|right]]
 
* Make sure that the provided SD card is correctly inserted in its socket.
 
* The game browser is named LOADER.HEX. There are several ways to load it:
 
** Hold down C while you turn the power switch on then release it.
 
** Press C in the Gamebuino title screen
 
'''Note:''' You should always get back to the title screen of the game and press 'C' to flash the loader before you turn your Gamebuino off, load another program through USB, or eject the micro SD card. It will avoid to mess up your saved games, as the EEPROM is backed up in a .SAV file when you switch from a game to the loader, and restored when you select a game from the loader.
 
  
=== Change the default settings ===
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For more news update and details please visit us at http://odishasamaya.com/news/.
[[File:Settings title screen.jpg|right]]
 
* Load SETTINGS.HEX
 
* Select "See all settings" to know what can be adjusted. These settings are stored directly in the Gamebuino and will be shared between different games.
 
* You should adjust these two settings at least:
 
** Display contrast
 
** Default username
 
* You can leave the other settings at their default value, it should be okay.
 
* Don't forget to select "save" before you exit.
 
 
 
=== Charge the battery ===
 
You may want to charge your Gamebuino's battery when you receive it. To load the battery, you just have to connect your Gamebuino to an USB port (from your computer or an outlet charger) using the provided micro USB cable. The "charging" LED will turn on (the one beneath the lightning bolt battery symbol) until it's fully charged. Then, the "charged" LED will turn on (the one beneath to the full battery symbol). Note that your Gamebuino will charge faster if turned off and that a charged battery will give you at least 8 hours of continuous play.
 
 
 
== Software setup ==
 
 
 
=== Install the Arduino software ===
 
 
 
* Download the Arduino application [http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software here] and follow instructions to install it.
 
* If you're using Windows, you may want to use the [http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=118440.0 Arduino Enhanced Release].
 
* '''Note''': If you are using a package manager to install Arduino, make sure it installs Arduino 1.0.5 (version 1.0 won't work).
 
 
 
=== Install the Gamebuino Library ===
 
 
 
* Download and the Gamebuino library's [https://github.com/Rodot/Gamebuino/archive/master.zip archive] and extract it (more download in the [[download]] page).
 
* Copy the "libraries" and "hardware" folders to the Arduino sketchbook folder. On Windows it is usually named "Arduino" inside the My Documents directory. On OS X and Linux the sketchbook directory is usually named "sketchbook" inside your home directory. You can change its location in Arduino's preferences.
 
* To check that the library is correctly installed re-start the Arduino software and click on File/Examples, you should find "Gamebuino".
 
* Now you should be able to set the device to Gamebuino by selecting Tools/boards/Gamebuino in the menu bar.
 
 
 
=== Install the drivers ===
 
 
 
If you need help installing the drivers, refer to [http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/HomePage the Arduino guide] ([http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/Windows#toc4 Windows], [http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/MacOSX#toc3 MacOSX], [http://playground.arduino.cc/Learning/Linux Linux]). Note that your Gamebuino should be turned on when you connect it to the computer
 
 
 
== Upload a game through USB ==
 
 
 
* Start the Arduino software
 
* Click on File/Examples/Gamebuino/ and open an example. If there is no Gamebuino folder, check that you correctly installed the library.
 
* Click on Tools/boards/Gamebuino to set the right device.
 
* Click on Tools/Serial Port and select the one corresponding to your Gamebuino. If it's grayed out check that you have correctly installed the drivers, that your Gamebuino is turned on, and that the cable is working and correctly plugged in.
 
* Click on "Upload" or press Ctrl+U
 
 
 
You just uploaded your first Gamebuino game, congratulations !
 
 
 
== Put games on the micro SD card ==
 
=== Get an .HEX ===
 
You need a compiled game in the .HEX format on the micro SD card to be able to play them on your console. <code>.HEX</code> can also be played on a computer using the Simbuino emulator (see [[Download]]).
 
 
 
You can get a compilation of the necessary <code>.HEX</code> files (<code>LOADER.HEX</code> and <code>SETTINGS.HEX</code>) along with up-to-date games here: [https://github.com/Rodot/Gamebuino-Games-Compilation Gamebuino-Games-Compilation].
 
 
 
Browse all the games created by the community by visiting the [[Games]] Gallery.
 
 
 
=== Make your own .HEX ===
 
* Start the Arduino software
 
* Click on File/Preferences and check "Show verbose output during compilation"
 
* Compile your program (Ctrl+R)
 
* A lot of text will scroll in the black area at the bottom of the window. The build directory path will be displayed there, and should looke something like:
 
** Windows: <code>"C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Temp\build[random number].tmp\a_Hello.cpp.hex"</code>. If you use the [http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=118440.0 Arduino Enhanced Release], simply press Ctrl+Alt+R to open the current build folder.
 
** GNU/Linux: <code>"/tmp/build[random number].tmp/a_Hello.cpp.hex"</code>
 
** Mac : Type <code>open $TMPDIR</code> in your mac's terminal to open the folder that is otherwise not accessible. You can then make a shortcut to your desktop.
 
* You can also change the build path in <code>"arduino/lib/preferences.txt"</code> by changing the line <code>#build.path=</code> to <code>build.path=(directory you want)</code>.
 
* Navigate to this folder and find the .hex file with the name of your program
 
* Rename it to a 8:3 format: only capitals, 8 characters max for the name and .HEX extension. For example: CRABATOR.HEX or PONG.HEX
 
 
 
=== Put it on the micro SD card ===
 
Put your .HEX file with a 8:3 name on your micro SD card using the micro SD adapter provided. You can now select the .HEX file on your Gamebuino to load it on the go, without a computer! Do '''NOT''' turn off your Gamebuino while flashing.
 
 
 
== See Also ==
 
* [[Troubleshooting]]
 
* [[Learning]]
 
* [[Games]]
 

Revision as of 2015-06-02T15:29:51

The earthquake is really taking a toll as reported by the India News and Business News

There was all together four earthquakes which shook Nepal over. These seismic activities cover the northern and eastern India. Some of the districts are highly affected by the Tuesday’s magnitude which turned out to be upsetting. The structure and planning in Nepal is extremely low and keeps in record the distressing conditions which brought about the historic changes.

India News section of the Odisha Samaya is always updated with the recent news under the Earthquake aspect. The sightseeing segment is heavily affected by this devastation. The industry is suffering from lack of tourists as all the best places are worst affected. Even some of the best known monuments are wrecked down. Some of them are under the wreckage and thorny to recognize. The accommodation standard is quite low in Nepal in terms of India.

Indian states like Kolkata, Bihar, Orissa and other neighboring states are economically, socially, geographically and sociologically affected by this changing season. In India, Delhi felt the tremor and the offices were evacuated completely. In Kolkata, the tremors threw a tizzy sensation around the offices, houses, apartments and malls. People came over the road out of fear and anxiety. India News section of Odisha Samaya is covering all the latest news 24X7.

According to the Business News section Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has actually told the authorities to be alert for further devastations and tremors. The people of Uttar Pradesh have also suffered from these massive tremors. Business News of Odisha Samaya is covering all the latest news of relief operations and rescue missions to Nepal. Readers are suggested to follow the latest updates Live from Nepal. An Air Force M-17 is going to position in Kathmandu. It was sent to gain access to the damages which people are suffering from the tremors.

The well known five star hotels in Nepal are shutting down with time; the tremors have given them a reality check and to avoid the risk, they are shutting it down for atleast a fortnight. These shallow quakes are much deadly than usual, as they create tremors over a much smaller area.

For more news update and details please visit us at http://odishasamaya.com/news/.