I mean I'd love to support the creators though,
So who/where in italy makes the "real" arduino boards?
Most of the official Arduino boards are manufactured by SmartProjects in Italy. The Arduino Pro, Pro Mini, and LilyPad are manufactured by SparkFun Electronics (a US company). The Arduino Nano is manufactured by Gravitech (also a US company).
I can only suspect the china sourced mega is causing problems.
99% of issues like yours are likely to bad code.
I have no experience with any other mega, so I don't know personally if they are less stable than the Unos.
Yes zoomkat when he programs the Uno he is spot on with his coding but when he selects the Mega in the tools menu he can't write code any more. It is a well known effect.
Where did he say that the same code runs on the UNO with LCD attached without the same errors as on the Mega
I never said he did, please re read what I said.
I was just trying to give a technical response to your non technical whine.
As to ebay arduino boards, buy from vendors that have good feedback and have completed large numbers of transactions.
QuoteI can only suspect the china sourced mega is causing problems.Hardware usually works reliably the way it is wired. On the other hand, 99% of issues like yours are likely to bad code.