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Arduino due erase button and power switching

Last days I have been investigatin schematics of arduino due board. The purpose of proper understanding of schematics in crucial for me, beacuse I indend to build myself my own board with some minor ...
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TRIAC Pulse driver for Spot Welder (help needed with programming)

I have designed and built a transformer driver board for my spot welder. It is powered from mains electricity (230 V) and consists of the following segments: triac drive and protection, zero cross ...
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Correctly Powering Lilypad Arduino

I am trying to correctly power a Lilypad Arduino that is attached with an HC-05, Lilypad temp sensor, and Amped pulse sensor. So far I have found that powering by plugging the Lilypad into my laptop ...
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Powering Multiple Servos From One Battery- What is my circuit missing?

I'm working on a robotics project right now and my limited DIYer knowledge of electrical circuits is failing me. I need to power 7 Rage Standard Metal Gear Servos (RGRS104-16-6vm) and 4 RadioShack ...
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Atmel SAM MCU (on Arduino Due) only boots after second power up

I am using an Arduino Due as a prototyping board for a microcontroller project. The due has the chip Atmel ATSAM3X8E, with an ARM Cortex-M3 core. I am programming the flash directly using Atmel Studio ...
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Power servo with external power using a hacked USB cable

I want to use a servo motor and control it by an Arduino Duemilanove (or a Leonardo). It seems to work fine when I connect it directly to Arduino's VCC, GND and an PWM pin. But I am a bit worried if ...
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Bluetooth Communication Not Working with DC Power But Works With USB Power?

I am running a HM-10 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module to transmit serial data (using SoftwareSerial) from an analog sensor onboard my Arduino Uno to a serial terminal app on my Android phone. When I ...
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Turning on controller with button and turning off with a timeout

I am making a device controlled by an ESP 8266 and am wanting to save power by having it power down when not in use. The desired behavior is for a momentary button press or vibration sensor activation ...
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Arduino Fio and Solar Pairing

I'm creating a weather station and want the station to be completely power independent. I'm using the Arduino Fio (https://www.arduino.cc/en/pmwiki.php?n=Main/ArduinoBoardFio) and have estimated the ...
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Having trouble with motor shield running off external power source

I apologize if I don't immediately give important info, I'm very new to arduino's/circuity of any kind. I'll try to include as much info as possible. Some preface: I'm currently working on a project ...
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LED strip with 12v power connected to ESP32

I'm looking at controlling a ws2811 strip and I have seen mention that you should share the same ground between the strip and the controller, which does make sense. I do not currently have a proper ...
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Arduino Uno with data logging shield has a problem switching power sources

I have the basic Adafruit "Light & Temperature data logger Tutorial kit" made, and it works well when connected to a PC, but when I unplug the PC USB connection and hook it up to another power ...
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Solenoid flyback, relayboard switch

I want to open a solenoid valve with an arduino, and have set up the following circuit The plan is to add solenoids to every relay on the board. I am wondering if this circuit is any useful, or if ...
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Arduino Fails to Read Thermocouple on External Power

I'm having what I believe to be a power issue with an Arduino project. I've tried 3 different power supplies (all separately): My computer via USB B A 5V USB "outlet" via USB B A 5V USB "outlet", ...
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Different behavior when Arduino Micro powered by laptop USB vs portable charger USB

I'm working on a project that uses an LM35 temperature sensor to control a few LEDs. Above 97 degrees, one LED should switch on. Below 95 degrees, it should switch off and the other should switch on. ...
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LEDs interfering with analog sound detection

My project is a sound reactive LED display on an Arduino Nano. There are 112 WS2811s in series connected to 5v, Gnd and D5 via 220ohm resistor. I have a Keyes style sound detection module that has an ...
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Arduino Due, program not there after power off

When i program my arduino Due after a RESET, my program is still there. However, when i power off my Due and then turn it back on, no program is there! There is no persistence in the program and i ...
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which Arduino UNO ethernet shield supports power over ethernet?

I ordered for this ethernet shield for my UNO as shown on the amazon website listing I was thinking to add power over ethernet module to take advantage of shield that supports adding POE module. . ...
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ATMega328 not able to fully switch coreless motor on

I'm having trouble regarding motor control in a project I'm working on. It uses an ATMega328 DIP package on a PCB. The motors I'm using are small coreless motors and I'm trying to control them using ...
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Arduino code not starting at beginning after poweroff

I created a few Arduino-XBee temperature sensor nodes that send data to another XBee node.js server. I'm running into a few issues trying to write a function to initiate a handshake and receive an ...
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How to get power for a nexus 7 while reading serial data from an arduino over usb?

Does anyone know how to simultaneously power a Nexus 7 tablet while simultaneously reading serial data from an arduino over USB? I have had quite some trouble with this and have attempted multiple ...
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Sim800L HTTP post request stop working after a while

I am desperate to get my SIM800L module (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SIM800L-GPRS-GSM-Module-Board-Quadband-QUAD-BAND-Antenna-for-MCU-Arduino-/321992759287) sending POST requests for a long period of ...
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Motor shield power from Arduino pro mini 5v RAW Pin 150mAh cannot run servo

linked to my old question, Pro Mini 5v with Adafruit motor shield v1 power sharing problems I figured out and use one 7.2v battery (6 AA cells), and link it with RAW pin to Pro mini and join its 5v ...
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What pins to use to externally power an Arduino Fio (without battery)

I need to power an enclosed Arduino Fio project with 12V. The intention is not to attach a battery because there is no need as this is a fixed installation with a 12V DC available (for a pair of ...
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What is the Arduino Nano maximum wattage?

Hello, I am currently working on a DIY project and I would like to know the Maximum Wattage of a Arduino Nano with a ATmega328 processor. If anyone know what it is it would be a great help. Ricky
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Hot regulator 7.7V Vin @ 135mA

Sorry folks, I understand this question has been asked quite few times, but I wasn't able to find a definitive answer: my Mega 2560 R3 is powered by 7.7V from Vin, and runs at a steady 135mA (in ...
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Pro Mini 3.3v + Neopixel not working when disconnected from USB

I'm doing a project using an Arduino pro mini 3.3v and Adafruit's Neopixel. I've flashed an example (strand example) from the Adafruit Neopixel's library sketch into the Arduino using the FTDI Basic ...
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gpio input read 0, but voltage is 3V3

I'm using GPIO api and configure it as input pull down. It reads value 0. However, when I use power meter, and connect this gpio and ground, it shows 3.3V. Is it normal or maybe some other peripheral ...
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Arduino ProMini green led flashing and unable to reset

so I'm using a promini running on solar power. For some reason, after sometime it gets stuck with the green led flashing and only by cutting power can I reset the promini. Even the reset button doesnt ...
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Controlling multiple LED strips with arduino

I want to control several (undecided) cut strips of these led lights:here. I want to be able to turn the LEDs on and off from the arduino, but I know that the voltage is too high to work with with ...
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Driving stepper motors adafruit motor shield v2

I got an Arduino Uno Rev3 and Adafruits Motor Shield V2. I also got two RepRap stepper motors: Frame size 42 x 42mm - NEMA 17 1.8 degree step angle Length 47mm Holding torque 44 N.cm (4.4kg.cm, 62oz....
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Can I use the SVG headers on the SainSmart Uno to drive servos?

I am working with a Sainsmart Uno with SVG header pins. This header is really convenient for hooking a servo to directly, so I have two servos connected to it on D9 and D10 and a 9v battery supplying ...
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Olimexino (32u4): power down

I want to power down my Olimexino as much as possible and only wakeup on a pin-change interrupt. I removed the 3.3V/5V jumper (so the processor does not get power) and 3µA were displayed, so the ...
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Arduino Firmata Disconnecting Randomly

I am currently using an Arduino Mega 2560 with a Windows 8 laptop. On the Arduino I have uploaded the StandardFirmata code with only one modification. The samplingInterval was changed from 19 to 99 ...
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Why can't I use Jeelib Sleepy on the Teensy 2 along with Serial

I have been using the Jeelib Sleepy functionality for several years now to achieve low power states on the Arduino ATmega328/1280/2560 boards, specifically the LoseSomeTime functionality. I want to ...
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wake from powerDown to check sensor then put back to sleep

I am using an Arduino Pro Mini with various sensors. I am powering it with 2 3.7v 3400mA batteries which I recharge with a solar panel. I take a reading from the batteries and if the reading is ...
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Common button on two Arduinos and two computers

We have two computers giving two presentations that need to be triggered in sync. I know how to send the space button via Arduino, but I want to check it will be safe for the computers. If each ...
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Arduino-Controlled LED Matrix issues

I am making a 20 x 15 LED matrix, and am having some super annoying problems. I was hoping you all could help me find some answers. It is very important to note that I am following BitLuni's video ...
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HC-SRO4 always returns zero no matter what I do?

Wondering if it's the sensor or the code? can anyone help? I've used the code here /* HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor with LCD dispaly HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sensor VCC to Arduino 5V GND to Arduino GND ...
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Feeding microcontroller and linear actuators (motors) with the same power supply

I have already made a diagram using a motor controller. I want to use only one power supply to feed arduino and motors. I want to use MDD10 dual motor driver. The details of the actuators each one is:...
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LowPower.idle isn't waiting

I am trying to have my Arduino wait in a low power idle state given by the LowPower library made by rocketscream on an Uno. However, when I try to have it wait for 8 seconds, it seems to not pause at ...
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Possible race condition using ADXL345, external interrupts and sleep

Setup: I have an Adafruit ADXL345 attached to an Adafruit feather 32u4, via I2C lines and an interrupt line. Goal: The microcontroller should be in a sleep condition when acceleration values are ...
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how do I detect a data connection?

on an ardunio, is there a way to detect if a data connection (vs power only) is present? I want to have my arduino behave differently if connected to a pc, or on stand alone power. specifically, I ...
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USB power on arduino digitalRead is normal, but, gives error when using buck(step down) converter

I am using arduino for digitalRead(). i've been using INPUT_PULLUP, and when using USB power, all seems normal. but, when i switched to power supply and buck converter(12v to 5v), the digitalRead() ...
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Power supply affecting sensor readings ESP8266 and JSN-SR04T-2.0

I have an ESP8266 Wemos D1R2 Board with a JSN-SR04T-2.0 ultrasonic range finder and everything works perfectly when I have the device connected to my computer USB or via a 12V battery into the onboard ...
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STM32 (F103C8) could not wake up after sleep

#include <RTClock.h> #include <libmaple/pwr.h> #include <libmaple/scb.h> RTClock rtclock(RTCSEL_LSE); #define SCB_SCR_SLEEPDEEP 4 #define SCB_SCR_SLEEPONEXIT 2 #define ...
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Can too much power consumption cause NodeMCU to trip?

I made a home automation setup that involves a NodeMCU and a 5v relay module. Now, this setup automatically disconnects from the WiFi randomly. It sometimes connects immediately, sometimes it takes ...
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PWM voltage appears to be low (~0.33V) and fails to trigger a PWM dimmer LED controller

I am attempting to use the Arduino Uno to tune the current on a SparkFun Femtobuck LED driver. The driver itself appears to work fine and outputs 0.33A when the PWM pins are not connected. However, ...
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Waking up a NodeMCU when force load is applied to device

I am currently designing a device that will take measurements from a load cell that is in tension. I am using a v1.0 NodeMCU device that features an HX711 load cell amplifier and is running off of ...
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Are my stepper motors being burnt out? What is the issue here?

I am building a mini-cnc laser engraver as shown in this intructable and this youtube video. I have built the circuit (minus the jst connector and two male pins at the top left of the board) and have ...