Help with Arduino rev and "2.8" TFT Touch Shield

Hello All,

I have been using the 2.8" TFT Touch Shield for Arduino with Resistive Touch Screen for a project for quite sometime successfully on a custom board. I have included the schematic in the attachment. I recently was required to update my arduino IDE from 1.0.6 to 1.6.7. Once this update was done I lost functionality of the Shield. I updated to the latest libraries provided by Adafruit.

When I run the “touch paint” example in the Adafruit_ILI9341 library I get the following error message:
Touch Paint!
Couldn’t start touchscreen controller

Also the “graphictest” example in the Adafruit_ILI9341 library is not working.

What is strange is that if run the same code using an Arduino Mega and the shield it works fine but the custom board does not.

If I revert back to Arduino 1.0.6 the custom boards and screen works just fine. I would really like to get this working with 1.6.7. Any suggestions as to why things work fine with 1.0.6 but not with 1.6.7?? Any solutions?

“Touchscreen” Code with updated pins assignments

// products from Adafruit!

 // Written by Limor Fried/Ladyada for Adafruit Industries.
 // MIT license, all text above must be included in any redistribution
 //****************************************************/


#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>    // Core graphics library
#include <SPI.h>
#include <Wire.h>      // this is needed even tho we aren't using it
#include <Adafruit_ILI9341.h>
#include <Adafruit_STMPE610.h>

// This is calibration data for the raw touch data to the screen coordinates
#define TS_MINX 150
#define TS_MINY 130
#define TS_MAXX 3800
#define TS_MAXY 4000

// The STMPE610 uses hardware SPI on the shield, and #8
#define STMPE_CS 79
Adafruit_STMPE610 ts = Adafruit_STMPE610(STMPE_CS);

// The display also uses hardware SPI, plus #9 & #10
#define TFT_CS 53
#define TFT_DC 77
Adafruit_ILI9341 tft = Adafruit_ILI9341(TFT_CS, TFT_DC);

// Size of the color selection boxes and the paintbrush size
#define BOXSIZE 40
#define PENRADIUS 3
int oldcolor, currentcolor;

void setup(void) {
 // while (!Serial);     // used for leonardo debugging
 
  Serial.begin(115200);
  Serial.println(F("Touch Paint!"));
  
  tft.begin();

  if (!ts.begin()) {
    Serial.println("Couldn't start touchscreen controller");
    while (1);
  }
  Serial.println("Touchscreen started");
  
  tft.fillScreen(ILI9341_BLACK);
  
  // make the color selection boxes
  tft.fillRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_RED);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_YELLOW);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_GREEN);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_CYAN);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_BLUE);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_MAGENTA);
 
  // select the current color 'red'
  tft.drawRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
  currentcolor = ILI9341_RED;
}


void loop()
{
  // See if there's any  touch data for us
  if (ts.bufferEmpty()) {
    return;
  }
  /*
  // You can also wait for a touch
  if (! ts.touched()) {
    return;
  }
  */

  // Retrieve a point  
  TS_Point p = ts.getPoint();
  
 /*
  Serial.print("X = "); Serial.print(p.x);
  Serial.print("\tY = "); Serial.print(p.y);
  Serial.print("\tPressure = "); Serial.println(p.z);  
 */
 
  // Scale from ~0->4000 to tft.width using the calibration #'s
  p.x = map(p.x, TS_MINX, TS_MAXX, 0, tft.width());
  p.y = map(p.y, TS_MINY, TS_MAXY, 0, tft.height());

  /*
  Serial.print("("); Serial.print(p.x);
  Serial.print(", "); Serial.print(p.y);
  Serial.println(")");
  */

  if (p.y < BOXSIZE) {
     oldcolor = currentcolor;

     if (p.x < BOXSIZE) { 
       currentcolor = ILI9341_RED; 
       tft.drawRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*2) {
       currentcolor = ILI9341_YELLOW;
       tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*3) {
       currentcolor = ILI9341_GREEN;
       tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*4) {
       currentcolor = ILI9341_CYAN;
       tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*5) {
       currentcolor = ILI9341_BLUE;
       tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*6) {
       currentcolor = ILI9341_MAGENTA;
       tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_WHITE);
     }

     if (oldcolor != currentcolor) {
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_RED) 
          tft.fillRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_RED);
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_YELLOW) 
          tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_YELLOW);
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_GREEN) 
          tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_GREEN);
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_CYAN) 
          tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_CYAN);
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_BLUE) 
          tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_BLUE);
        if (oldcolor == ILI9341_MAGENTA) 
          tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, ILI9341_MAGENTA);
     }
  }
  if (((p.y-PENRADIUS) > BOXSIZE) && ((p.y+PENRADIUS) < tft.height())) {
    tft.fillCircle(p.x, p.y, PENRADIUS, currentcolor);
  }
}

Sch_ATmega2560 - Copy.pdf (243 KB)

try this

#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>    // Core graphics library
#include <Adafruit_TFTLCD.h> // Hardware-specific library
#include <TouchScreen.h>

#if defined(__SAM3X8E__)
    #undef __FlashStringHelper::F(string_literal)
    #define F(string_literal) string_literal
#endif

// When using the BREAKOUT BOARD only, use these 8 data lines to the LCD:
// For the Arduino Uno, Duemilanove, Diecimila, etc.:
//   D0 connects to digital pin 8  (Notice these are
//   D1 connects to digital pin 9   NOT in order!)
//   D2 connects to digital pin 2
//   D3 connects to digital pin 3
//   D4 connects to digital pin 4
//   D5 connects to digital pin 5
//   D6 connects to digital pin 6
//   D7 connects to digital pin 7

// For the Arduino Mega, use digital pins 22 through 29
// (on the 2-row header at the end of the board).
//   D0 connects to digital pin 22
//   D1 connects to digital pin 23
//   D2 connects to digital pin 24
//   D3 connects to digital pin 25
//   D4 connects to digital pin 26
//   D5 connects to digital pin 27
//   D6 connects to digital pin 28
//   D7 connects to digital pin 29

// For the Arduino Due, use digital pins 33 through 40
// (on the 2-row header at the end of the board).
//   D0 connects to digital pin 33
//   D1 connects to digital pin 34
//   D2 connects to digital pin 35
//   D3 connects to digital pin 36
//   D4 connects to digital pin 37
//   D5 connects to digital pin 38
//   D6 connects to digital pin 39
//   D7 connects to digital pin 40

#define YP A1  // must be an analog pin, use "An" notation!
#define XM A2  // must be an analog pin, use "An" notation!
#define YM 7   // can be a digital pin
#define XP 6   // can be a digital pin

#define TS_MINX 150
#define TS_MINY 120
#define TS_MAXX 920
#define TS_MAXY 940

// For better pressure precision, we need to know the resistance
// between X+ and X- Use any multimeter to read it
// For the one we're using, its 300 ohms across the X plate
TouchScreen ts = TouchScreen(XP, YP, XM, YM, 300);

#define LCD_CS A3
#define LCD_CD A2
#define LCD_WR A1
#define LCD_RD A0
// optional
#define LCD_RESET A4

// Assign human-readable names to some common 16-bit color values:
#define BLACK   0x0000
#define BLUE    0x001F
#define RED     0xF800
#define GREEN   0x07E0
#define CYAN    0x07FF
#define MAGENTA 0xF81F
#define YELLOW  0xFFE0
#define WHITE   0xFFFF


Adafruit_TFTLCD tft(LCD_CS, LCD_CD, LCD_WR, LCD_RD, LCD_RESET);

#define BOXSIZE 40
#define PENRADIUS 3
int oldcolor, currentcolor;

void setup(void) {
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial.println(F("Paint!"));
  
  tft.reset();
  
  uint16_t identifier = tft.readID();

    if(identifier == 0x9325) {
    Serial.println(F("Found ILI9325 LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x9327) {
    Serial.println(F("Found ILI9327 LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x9328) {
    Serial.println(F("Found ILI9328 LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x7575) {
    Serial.println(F("Found HX8347G LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x9341) {
    Serial.println(F("Found ILI9341 LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x8357) {
    Serial.println(F("Found HX8357D LCD driver"));
  } else if(identifier == 0x0154) {
    Serial.println(F("Found S6D0154 LCD driver"));
  } else {
    Serial.print(F("Unknown LCD driver chip: "));
    Serial.println(identifier, HEX);
    Serial.println(F("If using the Adafruit 2.8\" TFT Arduino shield, the line:"));
    Serial.println(F("  #define USE_ADAFRUIT_SHIELD_PINOUT"));
    Serial.println(F("should appear in the library header (Adafruit_TFT.h)."));
    Serial.println(F("If using the breakout board, it should NOT be #defined!"));
    Serial.println(F("Also if using the breakout, double-check that all wiring"));
    Serial.println(F("matches the tutorial."));
    return;
  }

  tft.begin(identifier);

  tft.fillScreen(BLACK);

  tft.fillRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, RED);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, YELLOW);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, GREEN);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, CYAN);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, BLUE);
  tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, MAGENTA);
  // tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*6, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
 
  tft.drawRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
  currentcolor = RED;
 
  pinMode(13, OUTPUT);
}

#define MINPRESSURE 10
#define MAXPRESSURE 1000

void loop()
{
  digitalWrite(13, HIGH);
  TSPoint p = ts.getPoint();
  digitalWrite(13, LOW);

  // if sharing pins, you'll need to fix the directions of the touchscreen pins
  //pinMode(XP, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(XM, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(YP, OUTPUT);
  //pinMode(YM, OUTPUT);

  // we have some minimum pressure we consider 'valid'
  // pressure of 0 means no pressing!

  if (p.z > MINPRESSURE && p.z < MAXPRESSURE) {
    /*
    Serial.print("X = "); Serial.print(p.x);
    Serial.print("\tY = "); Serial.print(p.y);
    Serial.print("\tPressure = "); Serial.println(p.z);
    */
    
    if (p.y < (TS_MINY-5)) {
      Serial.println("erase");
      // press the bottom of the screen to erase 
      tft.fillRect(0, BOXSIZE, tft.width(), tft.height()-BOXSIZE, BLACK);
    }
    // scale from 0->1023 to tft.width
    p.x = map(p.x, TS_MINX, TS_MAXX, tft.width(), 0);
    p.y = map(p.y, TS_MINY, TS_MAXY, tft.height()-BOXSIZE*2, 0);
    /*
    Serial.print("("); Serial.print(p.x);
    Serial.print(", "); Serial.print(p.y);
    Serial.println(")");
    */
    if (p.y < BOXSIZE) {
       oldcolor = currentcolor;

       if (p.x < BOXSIZE) { 
         currentcolor = RED; 
         tft.drawRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*2) {
         currentcolor = YELLOW;
         tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*3) {
         currentcolor = GREEN;
         tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*4) {
         currentcolor = CYAN;
         tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*5) {
         currentcolor = BLUE;
         tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       } else if (p.x < BOXSIZE*6) {
         currentcolor = MAGENTA;
         tft.drawRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, WHITE);
       }

       if (oldcolor != currentcolor) {
          if (oldcolor == RED) tft.fillRect(0, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, RED);
          if (oldcolor == YELLOW) tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, YELLOW);
          if (oldcolor == GREEN) tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*2, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, GREEN);
          if (oldcolor == CYAN) tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*3, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, CYAN);
          if (oldcolor == BLUE) tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*4, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, BLUE);
          if (oldcolor == MAGENTA) tft.fillRect(BOXSIZE*5, 0, BOXSIZE, BOXSIZE, MAGENTA);
       }
    }
    if (((p.y-PENRADIUS) > BOXSIZE) && ((p.y+PENRADIUS) < tft.height())) {
      tft.fillCircle(p.x, p.y, PENRADIUS, currentcolor);
    }
  }
}

adafruit.zip (157 KB)

I installed 1.6.4 and I have the same issue.

I have checked for differences between the Wire and SPI libraries between 1.0.6 and 1.6.7 and there are none that i could see. I included the schematics of the 2560 board in the first post and compared it to the mega. I can't see what would cause it to loose functionality. The interface with the MISO, MOSI, and SCK pins are identical.

I cant help but think I am missing something simple...

Anyone know of changes to Arduino IDE that would cause this?

I had to do some hacking on my board but I was able to change the pin assignments from:
#define STMPE_CS 79
#define TFT_CS 53
#define TFT_DC 77

To:

#define STMPE_CS A10
#define TFT_DC A8
#define TFT_CS A9

This fixed the issue. I still do not understand why the original pin assignments will work with 1.0.6 and not with 1.6.x?? Can anyone shed any light on this??

needed to update the pins_arduino.h file... not that anyone seems to care :stuck_out_tongue: