RoadTest: STM32L4R9I-DISCO Discovery Kit
Evaluation Type: Development Boards & Tools
Did you receive all parts the manufacturer stated would be included in the package?: True
What other parts do you consider comparable to this product?:
What were the biggest problems encountered?: The display on my unit broke after a few minutes playing around with the touch display. I'm now waiting for a replacement. So I marked only 5 points for "Product Performed to expactations". Hopefully I can alter this mark when the new unit arrives. Also I gave a low mark for "Product was easy to use". Hopefully my contribution can add to this.
Please note that I'm roadtesting this unit on a Macbook Pro, so at first I will only explore OSx solutions.
This Roadtest is a work in progress.
19-9-2018 First struggle without success.
5-10-2018 Finally I've got LED2 blinking.
To be continued!
My name is Erik Verberne and I'm a teacher at a college in The Netherlands. I teach Cisco datacommunication, Windows Networking and Arduino (age range: 16-22). My experience with MCU's can be found in my Arduino documentation: http://bit.ly/eve_arduino. This is a link to a 45MB PDF document with 680 pages. Normally when you buy a new sensor, you start searching the web for datasheets, connection diagrams, libraries, samples so you can test the newly bought sensor. This takes a lot of time and a lot of trial on error. With this in mind, I started bundling al this information in one large document. The description is not in dept, it is up to the reader to add his creativity. This document is my contribution for the open source Arduino community.
My idea for applying for this roadtest was to create a beginners guide for the STM32L4R9+ Discovery kit and add a section for it in my Arduino Documentation. I've noticed that most manuals start off at a very high level. In this roadtest, I'll try to show the steps I've taken to get me started. I'll try to add more chapters on my way (just like a blog). So this roadtest is going to describe to paths I 've taken to get this unit working. When I've finished, I will write a short beginners manuel.
Build: Jun 23 2017 17:43:45
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My road test is not over yet, but I'm happy with this first success. As soon as I receive the replacement unit with a working LCD display, I will continue this trip.
To be continued!
As you can see, I've just updated my review. I've succeeded blinking LED2 and can repeat the steps I took to get there. So I've described those steps in my road test including Blinky…
ST bought trueStudio and released it for free! Take a look at it!. There are a couple of tutorials and youtube videos on how to use cubemx, they may be a good starting point for you. You can also always…
I really don't know what I am doing, but I am making progress. I managed to get Eclipse and System Workbench for STM32 working and managed to blink LED2 in debug mode. I can repeat these steps, but I'm…
I managed to progress even further (this weekend). I've bought a very cheap Chinese STM32F030F4P and STM32F103C breakout board. With these simple boards I got my toolchain up and running. CubeMX, Eclipse with the SW4STM32 plugin and a ST Link V2 adapter. I can now run/debug simple applications. Just yesterday evening I continued on the Disco kit again using the knowledge gained with the cheap Chinese modules. I've even written a step by step on CubeMx and SW4STM32 based on these modules.
I'm not ready yet updating my Disco roadtest, because I got some clock configuration issues. Maybe I'll put them up here later this week.
I respect your perseverance at this roadtest and ability to keep progressing. I think this is the secret for such boards if you have no one to ask....keep chipping away and trying out the different bits until something starts to work. Every time I answered one of my own questions I created another two !
I opted for the SW4STM32 but I'm sure I already had Eclipse installed before getting it added on.
As you can see, I've just updated my review. I've succeeded blinking LED2 and can repeat the steps I took to get there. So I've described those steps in my road test including Blinky the equivalent for Hello World.
I've briefly checked on trueStudio on Windows 10, but trueStudio is not available on OSx! And I think this counts for Keil as well.
My road test is not over yet, I'm waiting for my replacement kit (display) and will investigate it further. Off course I will take a look at the videos you've have pointed me to. The results will be added to my review.
Have you given trueStudio a try? You could use Keil for small projects too...
Check this channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjPRuknkFjqM6UxxTbCQJ5Q/videos
It has many videos on ST board programming...
I really don't know what I am doing, but I am making progress. I managed to get Eclipse and System Workbench for STM32 working and managed to blink LED2 in debug mode. I can repeat these steps, but I'm having problems in creating a correct launch configuration.
At this moment, I am busy writing down the steps involved, but this will take some more time.
Below I've listed a small summary of some of the steps I took to get to this point:
Next step will be to find some information about the RUN/DEBUG Launch Configurations. As soon at I get a grasp at this, I will update my road test.
To be continued.
Thanks for your helpfull input. At this moment, I'm testing System Workbench for STM32 from AC6 and it looks promising. I am not yet ready to publish the result.
I will certainly take a look at trueStudio (and offcourse your other suggestions). A very brief search only listed Windows and Linux versions and since I work on Apple based devices I'll first try the OSx route. Later perhaps I'll investigate Windows solutions.
I shall make a note (at the top of my review ) of the fact that I'll only search OSx solutions at first and Windows at a later stage.
ST bought trueStudio and released it for free! Take a look at it!. There are a couple of tutorials and youtube videos on how to use cubemx, they may be a good starting point for you. You can also always check how other roadtesters solved related issues, I'm sure many would gladly answer you any questions you ask them too. And last but not least, you could contact people at ST, eventually they will help you with any questions you have, as they are also interested in that you successfully roadtest their product.