What is a LiveUSB?

If you’ve ever dual-booted a computer, you’ve probably used a LiveUSB. A LiveUSB contains an entire operating system, which can be booted from the USB. While I’ll only used LiveUSBs to install Linux, they can be used with other types of operating systems (like Windows To Go and Macs).

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Serial Monitor Communication

MPIDE comes with a nice serial monitor where you are able to print out values that your system board has measured onto your computer screen. But if you are able to print things onto your computer screen, wouldn’t it make sense if the chipKIT board also accepted and processed values that we typed into the serial monitor? It would make a lot of sense, which is probably why we can do just that. Let’s find out how.

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