[PD] pduino/comport w/ arduino freezes keyboard and trackpad on Macbook
David NG McCallum
d at mentalfloss.ca
Sun Oct 15 17:03:54 CEST 2006
I've had the problem of the USB bus being killed because to much power
was drawn, but it was because I plugged a pot into the wrong ports.
This time, the kbd and mouse just freeze, no other indications of anything else.
So if unplugging the arduino will get my mouse and kbd back, do you
have any suggestions of how I could actually use pduino if I can't
leave it plugged in?
On 15/10/06, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at eds.org> wrote:
> Yeah, I saw this once or twice before. But I wasn't quite sure what
> it was. One thing that I've seen people do is short out the power.
> If you short out the power on the Arduino, or put too much of a load
> on it, then the USB bus will automatically kill the power to the
> whole USB bus, including your mouse and keyboard, if that's USB.
> My guess is that unplugging the Arduino should fix the problem. What
> exactly happens for you? Does the mouse freak out and jump around
> the screen? I saw that once or twice, that's probably a bug in the
> driver since I can't see how Pd could control the mouse pointer (yet).
> On Oct 14, 2006, at 4:48 PM, David NG McCallum wrote:
> > Howdy all,
> > I tried using pduino today, and when I specify the arduino board as a
> > device for the comport object (devicename /dev/cu.usbserial-#####), I
> > lose complete control of my keyboard and trackpad (on a Macbook).
> > I can use the power button on the computer to start a shutdown, and
> > when Pd's closed, I regain control. Ideas?
> > D!
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