Using the MSP430 toolchain in Ubuntu 11.04 is very simple to set up but what about on Macintosh OS X? It turns out that the fink instructions on the MSPGCC wiki for Mac OS X are very good and work flawlessly, even easier than the Linux install. However, the MSP430 USB-Debug-Interface (MSP430UIF) didn’t work immediately, but here is the fix!
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Installing the MSP430 GCC toolchain is very easy and quick these days if you are running Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty). Steer clear of all the MSP430 toolchain confusion, installing just eight binaries will have you building and debugging MSP430 code in minutes and not hours!
Around the same time that I acquired a Bus Pirate I also acquired a ChronoDoh which is just the same as the traditional ChronoDot but the pins are soldered to the wrong side of the printed circuit board (PCB). This small error saved me 50-percent on the purchase cost. With my Bus Pirate and ChronoDot in hand I set out to learn how to use both. This document introduces using the Bus Pirate with I2C decices such as the ChronoDot’s DS3231 real time clock (RTC).