My code is designed to play a tone when ever pin 3 is high on my Arduino. When I am examine the pins voltage with a multimeter it is always reading below 1 volt. When I examined the voltage off of a osiliscope it is reading the voltage pretty steady at 0.2 to 0.3.

My multimeter reads at 0.26


My code is:

void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:
void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:
int input = digitalRead(3);
if(input == 1){

My board looks like: enter image description here The bottom of the board looks like: enter image description here

  • What pin are you measuring exactly? Pin 3 or pin A5? Is there a resistor in series with that LED? Is there a pull-up or pull-down resistor on pin 3? See Switches Tutorial.
    – Nick Gammon
    Commented Aug 13, 2015 at 3:33

1 Answer 1


You left pin 3 floating. The multimeter will lower the voltage, resulting the the led lighting. Try enabling the pull-up resistor in pin 3 by adding pinMode(3, INPUT_PULLUP).

PS you might want to add a resistor in series with that led, or it will burn out and/or damage pin 3 on the arduino.

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