# Absolute beginner rslinx/logix

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#### Mike Burgess

I am new to PLCs and really want to get into them Ive messed about with mitsubishi FX's with some success but I had a surplus PLC to practise on and gain a bit of confidence.
What I need putting as simply as possible is how to connect my laptop to a micrologix I see in the help you have to configure a driver Why and How?
Is it possible to alter the program while PLC is running or can I tinker without fear of erasing the program whilst it is running as Ive only just persuaded my boss that I should be doing this aving him money on contactors.I dont want to mess up as there are a few who would like to see me screw up.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and any other tips for a novice I would be very grateful
Many Thanks
Mike Burgess

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When I first started with Micrologix, I had a starter version that came with a Micrologix 1000 and toggle switches to simulate inputs which I could use to mess about with on my desk. This was invaluable. If you can get a hold of one, it will sure beat sweating it out on the floor with an expensive machine. I have had great success with tech support at AB when I couldn't set up the communications.
Good Luck

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#### Thomas Allen

The first thing is YOU CAN'T BE AFRAID TO MESS UP. If you're scared of it you won't be able to try. The second thing I would say to do is start simple on a project that you can have a little time with to practice and play.

The Micro will not allow online edits,
you really can't change much but timer presets online,

Everyone messes up, only a few of us will admit it. Go for it.

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#### Chip Hinde

> What I need putting as simply as possible is how to connect my laptop to a micrologix I see in the help you have to configure a driver Why and How?

see you
Doug Doane

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#### burgett

Mike,

Will your supervisor consider sending you to training courses on PLC-5 With RSLogix-5? I completed a GREAT training course at ARTM Training Center. The instructor was very knowledgeable and spent extra time discussing problems we were having in the field. Their website is: www.artm.net

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#### Pierre Desrochers

Even the experienced programmers sometime forget this .... DO A BACKUP BEFORE
ANYTHING ELSE!

Then the fun begins.

-Pierre Desrochers

PS... Back it up on your laptop and on a seperate flooppy then copy the
floppy to a desktop then have a zip copy of it all.

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Hello Mike,

Check out the PLC archive at www.plcarchive.com look for the write up on
RSLinx. The write up pertains to connecting to the A-B PLC-5 processor
through DF1 serial. Connecting to the MicroLogix uses the exact same driver
and configuration procedure.