Some steps to go through if you're having trouble getting started with Bolt for the Creative Coder Kit (formerly Mover Kit)
Bolt is a desktop program that allows the Creative Coder Kit to communicate with our coding platform (Make), when it is connected to the computer. If this isn't set up and working correctly, follow the three simple steps below to help find out what could be going wrong.
If at any point you are unsure or need further help, please follow these steps to get in touch.
1. Is Bolt installed and running correctly?
Lets check Bolt is already running on your machine. Bolt will need to be running each and every time you are using the Creative Coder, so you can either leave it running, or remember to open it up each time.
Bolt lives in the taskbar (normally in the bottom-right corner of the screen). Take a look, if you can see the Bolt icon, as shown below, Bolt is installed and running on your computer.
If you can't see the Bolt icon, firstly check it is not hidden in the extended menu, by clicking the ^ button. Now, open the Start Menu and type "Bolt". You should see the Bolt icon appear in the menu, click to open the program. If you can't see the Bolt icon at all in the Start Menu, Bolt is not installed on your computer, and you will need to download it.
If you are opening Bolt and it is either not appearing in the taskbar, or appearing and then disappearing after some time, please follow the steps to get in touch.
Bolt lives in the menubar (normally in the top-right of the screen). Take a look, if you can see the Bolt icon, as shown below, Bolt is installed and running on your computer.
If you can't see the Bolt icon, open your Applications folder, look for Bolt in the list of applications and run the program. If you can't see the Bolt file in the Applications folder, Bolt is not installed on your computer, and you will need to download it.
If you are opening Bolt and it is either not appearing in the menubar, or appearing and then disappearing after some time, please follow the steps to get in touch.
2. Is Bolt able to communicate with Make?
Once Bolt is running, we need to check if Make is able to communicate with Bolt. To test this, visit the coding page and click the play button, which can be found in the menu bar in the top-left of the screen, as shown below.
When you click play, if you see the following screen, then Make is successfully communicating with Bolt and waiting for the Creative Coder to connect.
If however, you don't see this screen, but instead see the screen below, Make is unable to communicate with Bolt.
To solve this issue there are a number of things to try, covered in this article.
3. Is Bolt able to communicate with the Creative Coder Kit?
With Bolt up and running, and successfully communicating with Make, let's plug in the the Creative Coder and see if we can program it from Make.
To get started, insert the small end of the USB cable into the Creative Coder, and insert the large end of the USB cable into a USB port on the computer. When you first connect them, you should see a a green light come on on the device. If no lights come on, there may be an issue with your device.
With the Creative Coder connected, return to the coding page, if everything is working as expected, the play button will be green, as shown below. This means that the connections between Make, Bolt, and the Creative Coder are all working
You should now be able to create some code and download it to the Creative Coder. If you are having issues during the download, please check out the next guide: How to code your Creative Coder Kit.