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,
\\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 "
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.