Arduino Car using DC motor and motor driver.

Hey, I'm a beginner at this stuff and I'm willing to make this project. I found it on this site: http://fritzing.org/projects/ir-obot/ and i'm not sure how to hook up the wires and stuff. Do I have to use a motor shield or can I just purchase a L239D chip and somehow hook it up. The L239D chip will work out great for me because I'm not willing to buy a motor shield right now. Please explain how to work this project!

Thank you and please reply, Gobi

ygobi: Do I have to use a motor shield No, it's not [u]required[/u]. or can I just purchase a L239D chip and somehow hook it up. There are a couple of ICs on that board. If you have experience breadboarding circuits then that's all just a matter of execution, but that "somehow" raises concern. The L239D chip will work out great for me because I'm not willing to buy a motor shield right now. It doesn't cost much and it'd likely increase your chances of success if you've never done a similar project. Please explain how to work this project. The author of the fritzing blog did that. What needs clarification?{/color] [/quote]

Okay, if a motor shield is not required, how am I supposed to hook up the motors with forward and reverse compatibility?

You posed a choice between alternatives, a dysjunctive syllogism: "Do I have to use a motor shield or can I just purchase a L239D chip and somehow hook it up." So, it's either the kit or the 'somehow' - the kit's a cinch but the 'somehow', being vague though not implausible, is your call.

Okay, if a motor shield is not required, how am I supposed to hook up the motors with forward and reverse compatibility?

Sorry, but you are just not up to the task. Save your money and get a motor shield.

Okay, I've bought a motor shield. Link: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/220922506223#ht_1262wt_1185 I'm surprised my father actually let me purchase a motor shield.

3 Cheers for "Dad" -- Rah, Rah, Rah!