I had the SainSmart UNO+LCD Keypad+Prototype Shield+HC-SR04 Distance Sensor. Didn't buy them combo.I am somewhat new working with the Arduino kits and was hoping you could show me a guide of how the boards are connected. I am using this kit for a school project and am having a bit of trouble.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Check this answer for UNO and LCD keypad. electronics.stackexchange.com/a/34222/8627 That should get you started. \$\endgroup\$
    – jippie
    Aug 3, 2012 at 8:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ The real question would be if any of the components want to use the same pins for different purposes. I feel like there was recently a question about this very thing, where a particular problem of that nature was pointed out. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 16, 2012 at 20:12

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Go to the Arduino site and just use the examples. If you use the normal shields and LCD then the Arduino Software already includes the drivers AND example code. With only a few clicks you can have it working and then start customizing for your own project.


I have been using microprocessors for 30 years now and the hard part getting started with the Arduino is how EASY it is.

1 Download the software and unzip it.

2 Plug in your arduino to the USB and help Windows (if you use windows) to find the USB drivers.

3 Start the arduino software and select your Arduino model and COM port (the arduino driver installs as a serial port) from the Tools menu.

4 Use the File menu to open an example sketch (I suggest Blink and then LCD).

5 (this was hard part for me...) just the push the arrow button and it compiles and loads the program to the arduino board. That's it!



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