beginner simple question

Hi,

I am an old programmer (65) and I want to learn how to work with STM32. I live within 10km from ST plants in Crolles (France).Target is to be able to drive signals on a 7' railway layout

English is not my natural language.

For my first step, I bought a STM32F750 Discovery kit. I put in the usb cable and ... it works. I can use the demo apps.

My first question is : can I build a new small program and send it to the board WITHOUT destroying the default apps ?

Second question : when I installed Keil compiler, there was a 'pack installer' window. I could'nt find STM32F750 Discovery kit in it. Can I find it somewhere or do I have to use a 'similar' kit ?

Thanks in advance

Jean

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  • Hi Andy,

    I have read a lot these last days !!. I'll go to the link you gave me.

    About STM32F750 Discovery kit : I live near ST plant in Crolles and it is a friend of mine who works here who sold me this board (for 10euros !). One good thing about it is : when you plug the mini-Usb, it works and you can play with it !! When I was young, back in the 80's (!) I began working with microprocessors; my first one was a 4004 ! Then 6502, 8080, 8051, Z80, 68000 ....

    About reloading demo apps : I am afraid of one thing : what about ST Link (I think it is the program that manage the communication with the PC via mini USB) : will it be destroyed when I load my own demo program ?

    TIA

    Jean

  • 10euros

    That's cracking value!

    However, I would still say that it's grossly over-specified both for a beginner to start on and for the task you mentioned - could your friend not get you something simpler?

    Even if you bought it from a distributor, the Nucleo boards are under 20 euros

    Have you considered Arduino?

    One good thing about it is : when you plug the mini-Usb, it works and you can play with it !!

    Indeed - that is the norm these days!

    and it comes with all the functionality of an ICE built in - which would have been a large cabinet and cost tens of thousands of dollars back in the day!

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  • 10euros

    That's cracking value!

    However, I would still say that it's grossly over-specified both for a beginner to start on and for the task you mentioned - could your friend not get you something simpler?

    Even if you bought it from a distributor, the Nucleo boards are under 20 euros

    Have you considered Arduino?

    One good thing about it is : when you plug the mini-Usb, it works and you can play with it !!

    Indeed - that is the norm these days!

    and it comes with all the functionality of an ICE built in - which would have been a large cabinet and cost tens of thousands of dollars back in the day!

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