ECEN 4573 – Spring Semester 2004 – Thursdays 8:00-11:50 AM
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I login to the computers in the labs?

    All of the workstations use your ECES login to allow access. See here if you need help creating your ECES account.

  • How do I access my group directory from Windows?

    To access your group directory, you must be logged into a Windows 2000 workstation that is on the ECES network. All of the computers in the CAPSTONE labs qualify for this. Right-click on My Network Places and choose Map Network Drive. You may choose any drive letter you like for the mapped drive. For the folder, enter "\\blacksun\groupname", where groupname is the name of your group as you specified on the first day of class. Check the box for Reconnect at logon and click Finish. Now you should have shared access to your group directory through the drive letter that you chose.

  • How do I access my group directory through a Linux shell?

    You can access your group directory through a shell by connecting to the ECES server using SSH (see here). The group directories are located at the path "/home/projects/groupname/", where groupname is the name of your group as you specified on the first day of class.

    Beware: The default umask on ECES is 022. This means that any file you create will be read-only to your group members. To change this, you may want to add the line "umask 002" to your settings file (.bashrc, .tcshrc, or equivalent).

  • How do I use the printers in the CAPSTONE labs?

    You may access the printers from any of the Windows 2000 workstations in the CAPSTONE labs. First, click the Start button, click Settings, and then click Printers. Double-click the Add Printer icon. Click Next, select Network, and click Next again. Enter "\\blacksun\cap2b37" for the printer in the ECE lab, or "\\blacksun\cap2b39" for the printer in the EE lab. Finally click Finish to save the new printer.

    Remember: Abuse of the printers will not be tolerated! If we find that you are using the printer inappropriately (i.e. printing materials from other classes, printing large datasheets without asking, etc.), you will lose your printing privileges.

  • How do I use an FPGA in my project?

    An FPGA is a very powerful part for implementing various logic in your project, and we recommend using one for most projects. For information on how to implement and use an FPGA, please see the Xilinx Primer.

  • How do I test whether my FPGA is working?

    The simplest way is to program a simple gate to the I/O pins and check the output. For instance, you may add an AND gate with the inputs and the output connected to I/O pins. Then by applying known inputs to the pins, you can check that the output is what you expect.