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Hello everybody!

I'm new and it's my first topic. Hope I'm gonna make it right.

I just bought a kit to start with Arduino. You can see it here:

I got through some of the cool things inside. But the stepper motor is still a mastermind....

Basically I have two problems: It doesn't want to turn anti-clock wise and it has apparently many more steps than indicated!!!

I tested it with different prefabricated examples so problems wouldn't come from my coding. Basically MotorKnob and stepper_oneRevolution which are both predefined in the Arduino IDE.

I will here only speak on the basis of stepper_oneRevolution. When I upload it (indicating 64 steps in the code), the motor doesn't turn in one direction and then in the other. Instead it goes from about 1/8 of the distance, always in the same direction. So:

1. it never go backward, all the clockwise and counter clockwise move go in the same direction.
2. Instead of using 64 steps and make a 360° rotation, it makes only a 1/8th of it, which represent a 45° rotation.

Videos will follow.

I don't understand how this is possible, and if somebody already encounter such a problem. What can I do at least to know the amount of steps in my stepper???



It appears to be a 64-step (5.625 degree) stepper with a 1:64 gearbox making it 4096 steps per revolution.

How is it wired?
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The motor itself is 64 steps per rotation, but the gear reduction ratio of 1:64 makes it 4096 steps per rotation of the output shaft.

The 4096 is sometimes not quite right. There have been a lot of reports of inaccuracy in the gearing; it's what you get for $5 ;)


Failure to go in either direction: either a winding isn't getting power or you are failing to sequence the motor correctly. 

Schematic?  Sketch?
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I had a similar problem using the 28BYJ-48 5V motor, it would only travel clockwise.

I have modified the library as well as the sketch to overcome the direction issue and to add a new feature.
The new feature is Half step mode which has 8 steps rather than 4
I also adjusted the 4 wire step sequence which I believe solved the direction issue

Only just joined the forum so not sure how best to share this info, so i have added the details into this post

There are 2 files below, the stepper.cpp updated file will have to be posted separately owing to size limits.
You will probably want to make copies of your existing stepper.h and stepper.cpp for safety at this point.
Then copy the text between the scissor marks and save the first as stepper.h in your library folder
The last file is the sketch.

-------------- start of stepper.h ------------------------------------------------------------>
 Stepper.h - - Stepper library for Wiring/Arduino - Version 0.5

 Original library     (0.1) by Tom Igoe.
 Two-wire modifications   (0.2) by Sebastian Gassner
 Combination version   (0.3) by Tom Igoe and David Mellis
 Bug fix for four-wire   (0.4) by Tom Igoe, bug fix from Noah Shibley
 Add Half Step mode      (0.5) by D Traynor

 Drives a unipolar or bipolar stepper motor using  2 wires or 4 wires

 When wiring multiple stepper motors to a microcontroller,
 you quickly run out of output pins, with each motor requiring 4 connections.

 By making use of the fact that at any time two of the four motor
 coils are the inverse  of the other two, the number of
 control connections can be reduced from 4 to 2.

 A slightly modified circuit around a Darlington transistor array or an L293 H-bridge
 connects to only 2 microcontroler pins, inverts the signals received,
 and delivers the 4 (2 plus 2 inverted ones) output signals required
 for driving a stepper motor.

 The sequence of for fullstep control signals for 4 control wires is as follows:

 # Modified from the original 1010, 0110, 0101, 1001 - since my motor would not reverse

 Step C0 C1 C2 C3
    1  0  0  1  1
    2  1  0  0  1
    3  1  1  0  0
    4  0  1  1  0

 # Added this 8 step sequence for halfstep control for 4 control wires as follows:

 Step C0 C1 C2 C3
    1  1  0  0  1
    2  1  0  0  0
    3  1  1  0  0
    4  0  1  0  0
    5  0  1  1  0
    6  0  0  1  0
    7  0  0  1  1
    8  0  0  0  1

 The sequence of controls signals for 2 control wires is as follows
 (columns C1 and C2 from above):

 Step C0 C1
    1  0  1
    2  1  1
    3  1  0
    4  0  0

 The circuits can be found at

// ensure this library description is only included once
#ifndef Stepper_h
#define Stepper_h

// library interface description
class Stepper {
   // constructors:
   // Additional parameter for the modulo count
   Stepper(int number_of_steps, int motor_pin_1, int motor_pin_2, int mod_count);
   Stepper(int number_of_steps, int motor_pin_1, int motor_pin_2, int motor_pin_3, int motor_pin_4, int mod_count);

   // speed setter method:
   void setSpeed(long whatSpeed);

   // mover method:
   void step(int number_of_steps);

   int version(void);

   void stepMotor(int this_step);

   int direction;        // Direction of rotation
   int speed;          // Speed in RPMs
   unsigned long step_delay;    // delay between steps, in ms, based on speed
   int number_of_steps;      // total number of steps this motor can take
   int pin_count;        // whether you're driving the motor with 2 or 4 pins
   int step_number;        // which step the motor is on

   // motor pin numbers:
   int motor_pin_1;
   int motor_pin_2;
   int motor_pin_3;
   int motor_pin_4;

   // Used to indicate the number of steps in each sequence
   int mod_count;

   long last_step_time;      // time stamp in ms of when the last step was taken

<------------------------ End of stepper.h ------------------------------------

------------------------- Start of Sketch -------------------------------------->
Stepper Motor Control - one revolution

This program drives a unipolar or bipolar stepper motor.
The motor is attached to digital pins 8 - 11 of the Arduino.

The motor should revolve one revolution in one direction, then
one revolution in the other direction.  

Created 11 Mar. 2007
Modified 30 Nov. 2009
by Tom Igoe
Modified 19 Jan 2013
by D Traynor

#include <Stepper.h>

int step_mode = 8;                               // 4 = full, 8 = half

int stepsPerRevolution = 2048 * (step_mode/4) ;  // change this to fit the number of steps per revolution for your motor [DT use 2048]
                                                // twice as many SPR for halfstep mode
int mysteps = 1 * stepsPerRevolution;

// initialize the stepper library on pins 8 through 11:
Stepper myStepper(stepsPerRevolution,8,9,10,11,step_mode);

int coords[] = {-512,1024,256,-2048,512,256};

void setup() {
 // set the speed at 60 rpm:
 // initialize the serial port:

void loop() {
 // step one revolution  in one direction:

 // This from the original example, used this to get things going (v0.5)
 // Either uncomment the top half or the bottom depending on desired function
 // step one revolution in the other direction:

 // 2nd Example -> motor steps to the named points in the coords array
 int i;
 for (i = 0; i<6; i++) {
   int point = coords;
   Serial.println("Next point ");
<------------------------------- End of Sketch -------------------------

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