So i finally have time to pick up the APM and look further. So far i've:
- Struggled getting the correct USB driver
- Downloaded and installed the correct 3.2.1 arducopter firmware as
that's the latest that could fit on the device.
- Hooked up the GPS and removed the jumper to use the compass from the
- Read up on a lot of stuff
Now, the APM 2.8 that i've is giving me some trouble. I get "Setting new offsets for compass #1 failed" which i can't seem to resolve. If i understand C# correctly, it's actually writing the offset of the compass to the board and is failing. It's a bit strange, other parameters (like BATT_CAPACITY for example) do write to the APM. This happens for both built-in and external compass.
Now, of course i looked for the error and found a lot of complains about the APM 2.6 (and later) board that it's not supported or just old hardware and should buy something better. I know that the hardware had limits in terms of firmware, but now it nearly seems that any online resource i find is telling me that i've bought something that people shouldn't sell anymore. I know this stuff will never be 'just work' hardware, but at the moment I seem to be stuck and will never be able to get it to work.