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Problem with Adalight
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Problem with Adalight

by briefer on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:24 am

Hi!

this is my first post and I expect it won't be the last ;)

I have a problem with Adalight. I follow the instructions, but it seems like there are some "gremlin" in the installation.

Step by step: Microcode uploaded to the arduino board:

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Processing running Swirlcolor:

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Power supply connected:

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Arduino connected to the ws2801 strip:

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and power supply specs:

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This is the behaviour of the setup. As installed, only the led closer to the data entry is lit.

If I "ground" the blue cable with my fingers, the LEDs blink as shown in this video (yes, that's me on the TV reflection :D )

http://imageshack.us/a/img35/2810/94cig ... fzsebu.mp4

And this is what happens if I plug the blue cable to the GNC pin of the board.

http://imageshack.us/a/img11/5397/zgbhk ... aivdcv.mp4

My Arduino board is a Mega 1280. Is there anything different to bear in mind with this model?

Any ideas will be appreciated.

Thank you in advance!
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Re: Problem with Adalight

by briefer on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:40 am

BTW I checked the power supply and it reads 5V with the multimeter. I cannot test the amperage, though, my multimeter tops at 250mAh.
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Re: Problem with Adalight

by pburgess on Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:51 pm

Most likely culprit: clock and data lines are reversed. Try swapping the wires in pins 11 and 13.

Unrelated, but an important safety suggestion: clip off the tips or put heat shrink over the exposed power wires on the Arduino end!

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Re: Problem with Adalight

by briefer on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:07 pm

Fixed:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64262741@N03/6611075323

the tutorial should be corrected.
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