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1  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 31, 2010, 03:22:11 pm
Sorry but I am not sure I know what you are talking about, are you suggesting that i change all variable names to lower case? Do you think thats the reason I am having this problem? I will try anything and everything suggested I really want (need) to get these working properly. Thank you
2  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 29, 2010, 11:09:53 am
I still get the same results.

I had to reload the sketch into the Atmega 128 chip and when i ran the compile function of the Arduino 21 software the program forced me to delete the following lines, could that have anything to do with it?

const int  FULL =30; const int CHECK = 31; const int A3 = 32; const int TEMP = 33;

  case '<': returnValue = TEMP; break;

  case '*': returnValue = FULL; break;

Here again is a link to the sketch i am using.

http://oomlout.com/8X8M/8X8M-ScrollMessage.txt
3  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 29, 2010, 10:44:34 am
Yes, actually I have these running on two 3v 2032 button cell batteries, but if needed i can also hook these up to a 9v battery or even my computer wih a USB cable
4  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 27, 2010, 05:42:21 pm
Well I got the caps today , hooked them up and still no change, i am totally running out of ideas.
5  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 21, 2010, 03:48:49 pm
Your right i don't have those two caps hooked up, right now my problem is I don't have any of those caps hear and I can't get to a Radio shack till after X-mas.
Do you think these caps could be substituted with some other value?
6  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 21, 2010, 01:26:18 pm
Like I mentioned earlier I did not write this code but your suggestion does sound interesting. Could you help me with the coding and where to place it, I am not very confident with my code writing skills (or lack of said skills).  Thank you
7  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 20, 2010, 05:54:32 pm
Sorry it took so long to get back but i changed all const int to const byte and i still have the same problem. could it be anything else like not using the crystal maybe?
8  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Christmas tree decorations on: December 20, 2010, 04:48:46 pm
Wow i was not expecting such a quick response, thanks
For the record i did not write this sketch and am unsure how to do as you suggest. I am still in the process of trying to teach myself to write code but i am not very good at it.

I also should mention that the control chip I am using is an Atmega168
9  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Christmas tree decorations on: December 20, 2010, 04:34:43 pm
Hello everybody, I am in the process of making some small scrolling message ornaments for hanging on my X-mas tree. these work real nice except for after about 5 minutes they stop scrolling and only display half of the first letter then reset to begin the cycle over again of just half of the first letter. I tried to add the sketch to this post but it was too long and I don't know what I am doing so here is a link to the sketch

http://oomlout.com/8X8M/8X8M-ScrollMessage.txt

and with the exception of the 16mhz crystal here is a link to how i have it wired

http://oomlout.com/8X8M/8X8M-Guide.pdf

The only parts I am using are

1   RG display
1   16 mhz crystal
8   100 ohm resistors

 these parts do not get hot or even warm.
If anyone has any suggestions i would greatly appreciate it. I need to get these done before Christmas, Thank you
10  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: December 10, 2010, 11:28:37 am
Hey pluggy,  I am going to go with your suggestion but right now I am sitting here waiting for my ebay resistors to arrive so I can build it. I have read alot about it and believe it should work, hopefully. thanks
11  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: December 01, 2010, 10:45:22 am
Hey Pluggy, This looks like an interesting way to kill an afternoon, will this work and will it work with a Duemilanove
12  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: December 01, 2010, 09:44:58 am
oh yes, i hate getting beaten, i love a good challenge.
it's just i have some things i need to get made before Christmas and i can't devote all my time to something that i might not get working in time. So i will continue working on this problem but i am also going to buy some to get these projects done.
13  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: December 01, 2010, 12:16:40 am
Yes by reprogramming i meant uploading a sketch
no i have never tried to burn a bootloader before these ebay chips, this is my first experiance doing this and i dont find it any fun at all i mught just stick to buying them with the bootloaders already installed, they are a little more expensive but i feel its worth it
14  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: November 30, 2010, 10:46:03 pm
No i have tried several times and the arduino wont accept the programs
15  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Troubleshooting / Re: Loading a Bootloader on: November 30, 2010, 06:23:22 pm

http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/ArduinoISP


go to the bottom of the page , the diagram on the left.

Just a little while ago I installed a working atmega168 chip and had no problem reprogramming it
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