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We have established that you can access the files on the Smoothieboard's SD card via the USB connection.

This USB connection also has a Serial interface. This is used to control the board.

The host program ( control interface on your computer ) uses the Serial interface to send commands and G-Codes to your Smoothieboard.

In this step, we check in this serial interface is working correctly.

Step 1 : Install Pronterface

We will be using Pronterface to test the serial interface.

Make sure you use Pronterface and not another host program that you might prefer, for this ( when doing diagnostics like this it's important to maintain a controlled situation ).

You can find instructions on installing Pronterface here

Step 2 : Plug in the board

Connect the USB cable to your Smoothieboard, and to your computer's USB port.

Step 3 : Attempt to connect

Launch [Pronterface], then follow this procedure :

  • Click on port, this refreshes the list of boards connected to the computer
  • Select your board in the drop-down menu next to the port button. This can be something like ttyacm0 on a Linux machine, or com1 on a Windows machine
  • You do not need to set a baud rate, Smoothie will use the fastest speed possible over USB, and any baud rate setting is ignored.
  • Click on connect

If everything works correctly, the Pronterface log panel on the right, should show something like :

code Connecting… Printer is now online.
code

If this is what you see, click on Yes

If you see something else, for example :

code Serial error: could not open port /dev/ttyACM0: 2 No such file or directory: '/dev/ttyACM0'
code

, click on No