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ive recently bought and set up a colorduino with a Leonardo.

Im installed the latest Lincomatic colorduino library, but i cant get the first plasma program to work.
My LED RGB matrixjust cycles from solid 100% R to G to B every second.

Does anyone have any experience with colorduino and knows what the problem is?
ive wired it correctly

VDD to 5v





Feb 09, 2013, 03:29 am Last Edit: Feb 09, 2013, 03:42 am by kd7eir Reason: 1
I think that you didn't upload the code into the colorduino… the R G B every one second is the factory code that comes by default. When you uploaded the code in the arduino software, did you saw the message "Upload Complete" ?

Remember to take out the ATmega microchip from the Arduino before you upload a new code into the colorduino.

Hope it helps


Feb 12, 2013, 02:29 pm Last Edit: Feb 14, 2013, 04:58 pm by vahakn Reason: 1
I was not aware I had to remove the chip from the Arduino.
I have an UNO.
I removed the chip and tried to upload and now I get this error when I try to upload: avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00

Do I leave the chip out all the time when I use the colorduino?

I have a Leonardo also, but the chip is not removable. Am I UNABLE to use this Arduino board?

Thanks for your response.



Feb 12, 2013, 04:00 pm Last Edit: Feb 12, 2013, 04:04 pm by kd7eir Reason: 1
I used a Mega2560 to program my Colorduino, it also does not have a removable chip.

Maybe these steps will work with your Leonardo.

This is essentially a serial passthrough.  When you put the rx of the 2560 to the rx of the colorduino you are actually putting the tx of the the mega to the colorduinos rx, allowing you to upload using the regular arduino bootloader present on the colorduino, and by holding the reset you prevent the mega from responding allowing the colorduino to do so instead.

Again, not sure if this will work with a Leonardo as I do not have a Leonardo to test it with.

This is what I came up with that worked right away:

Mega2560           Colorduino
RX0 (pin 0)  ->>  RXD
TX0 (pin 1)  ->>  TXD
RESET         ->>  DTR
5V              ->>  VDD
GND           ->>  GND

Reset -> 4.7uF capacitor -> 5V

When I uploaded the sketch, as soon as the size of the sketch appeared in the window, I held down the RESET switch on the Mega2560 until the upload completed.


Hi thanks for the suggestions
i dont have a MEGA.
I have 2 UNOs and a LEONARDO.
surely one of them is supported.

any more help would be greatly appreciated



The instructions should work for any Arduino.  The pin numbers may be different, but the concept is exactly the same.  Connect your Uno exactly as indicated in my previous post, including the capacitor between Reset and 5V.

Uno         Colorduino
RX0 (pin 0)  ->>  RXD
TX0 (pin 1)  ->>  TXD
RESET         ->>  DTR
5V              ->>  VDD
GND           ->>  GND

Reset -> 4.7uF capacitor -> 5V

Then upload the sketch, as soon as the size of the sketch appears in the window, hold down the RESET switch on the Uno until the upload completes.


I'll try your suggestion

Do you mean:
[see attached]

sorry for dumbness


Ive treid the above but no joy.

I just still get:
avrdude: stk500_getsync(): not in sync: resp=0x00

which blows.

1. Arduino is wired as the diagram sent in previous post
2. Everything has power
3. ATMEGA chip is removed
4. Uno is selected in board type in Arduino Environment
5. Correct USB port is selected in Arduino Environment

Something is happening because when I click upload, one line of lights flashes briefly once or twice.



You may want to post about this in the programming forum - there are people there that have a lot of experience with the not in sync issue.


You may want to post about this in the programming forum - there are people there that have a lot of experience with the not in sync issue.

This is NOT a programming issue. (Nor is it an LEDs and Multiplexing issue.) It seems to me to be an installation and troubleshooting issue.
I only provide help via the forum - please do not contact me for private consultancy.

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