MAX7219 All leds on

Hello Arduino folks!
I’ve got an 8x8 led matrix with a MAX7219 controller from china. I thought it would be easy to get it working but I was wrong. I did the following steps but all I get is all leds lighting up no matter what I do.

  1. Downloaded LedControl library and installed it to my Arduino IDE.
  2. Connected my arduino to my LED matrix and its MAX7219 in the following way.
    Arduino pin 12 is connected to the Din
    Arduino pin 11 is connected to the CLK
    Arduino pin 10 is connected to CS
  3. Open up LCDemoMatrix example sketch which looks like this
//We always have to include the library
#include "LedControl.h"

/*
 Now we need a LedControl to work with.
 ***** These pin numbers will probably not work with your hardware *****
 pin 12 is connected to the DataIn 
 pin 11 is connected to the CLK 
 pin 10 is connected to LOAD 
 We have only a single MAX72XX.
 */
LedControl lc=LedControl(12,11,10,1);

/* we always wait a bit between updates of the display */
unsigned long delaytime=100;

void setup() {
  /*
   The MAX72XX is in power-saving mode on startup,
   we have to do a wakeup call
   */
  lc.shutdown(0,false);
  /* Set the brightness to a medium values */
  lc.setIntensity(0,8);
  /* and clear the display */
  lc.clearDisplay(0);
}

/*
 This method will display the characters for the
 word "Arduino" one after the other on the matrix. 
 (you need at least 5x7 leds to see the whole chars)
 */
void writeArduinoOnMatrix() {
  /* here is the data for the characters */
  byte a[5]={B01111110,B10001000,B10001000,B10001000,B01111110};
  byte r[5]={B00111110,B00010000,B00100000,B00100000,B00010000};
  byte d[5]={B00011100,B00100010,B00100010,B00010010,B11111110};
  byte u[5]={B00111100,B00000010,B00000010,B00000100,B00111110};
  byte i[5]={B00000000,B00100010,B10111110,B00000010,B00000000};
  byte n[5]={B00111110,B00010000,B00100000,B00100000,B00011110};
  byte o[5]={B00011100,B00100010,B00100010,B00100010,B00011100};

  /* now display them one by one with a small delay */
  lc.setRow(0,0,a[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,a[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,a[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,a[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,a[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,r[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,r[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,r[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,r[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,r[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,d[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,d[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,d[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,d[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,d[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,u[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,u[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,u[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,u[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,u[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,i[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,i[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,i[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,i[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,i[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,n[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,n[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,n[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,n[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,n[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,o[0]);
  lc.setRow(0,1,o[1]);
  lc.setRow(0,2,o[2]);
  lc.setRow(0,3,o[3]);
  lc.setRow(0,4,o[4]);
  delay(delaytime);
  lc.setRow(0,0,0);
  lc.setRow(0,1,0);
  lc.setRow(0,2,0);
  lc.setRow(0,3,0);
  lc.setRow(0,4,0);
  delay(delaytime);
}

/*
  This function lights up a some Leds in a row.
 The pattern will be repeated on every row.
 The pattern will blink along with the row-number.
 row number 4 (index==3) will blink 4 times etc.
 */
void rows() {
  for(int row=0;row<8;row++) {
    delay(delaytime);
    lc.setRow(0,row,B10100000);
    delay(delaytime);
    lc.setRow(0,row,(byte)0);
    for(int i=0;i<row;i++) {
      delay(delaytime);
      lc.setRow(0,row,B10100000);
      delay(delaytime);
      lc.setRow(0,row,(byte)0);
    }
  }
}

/*
  This function lights up a some Leds in a column.
 The pattern will be repeated on every column.
 The pattern will blink along with the column-number.
 column number 4 (index==3) will blink 4 times etc.
 */
void columns() {
  for(int col=0;col<8;col++) {
    delay(delaytime);
    lc.setColumn(0,col,B10100000);
    delay(delaytime);
    lc.setColumn(0,col,(byte)0);
    for(int i=0;i<col;i++) {
      delay(delaytime);
      lc.setColumn(0,col,B10100000);
      delay(delaytime);
      lc.setColumn(0,col,(byte)0);
    }
  }
}

/* 
 This function will light up every Led on the matrix.
 The led will blink along with the row-number.
 row number 4 (index==3) will blink 4 times etc.
 */
void single() {
  for(int row=0;row<8;row++) {
    for(int col=0;col<8;col++) {
      delay(delaytime);
      lc.setLed(0,row,col,true);
      delay(delaytime);
      for(int i=0;i<col;i++) {
        lc.setLed(0,row,col,false);
        delay(delaytime);
        lc.setLed(0,row,col,true);
        delay(delaytime);
      }
    }
  }
}

void loop() { 
  writeArduinoOnMatrix();
  rows();
  columns();
  single();
}

Notice that they say that these connections probably wont work? what do they mean?
4. Code uploads without problem but all Leds light upp and nothing else.
I’ve tried all libraries and examples I could find, what should I do?
thanks alot!

How it it wired up, you only told us a bit about the wiring. Where is the 5V coming from and have you got a common ground with the Arduino?

Heres the setup.

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Check this topic - I think you will find it relevant.

Progress! I plugged out the led matrix and rotated it 180 degrees and plugged it back in. Now I get some action on the screen.
When using the ledcontrol library and writing
lc.setLed(0,3,3,true)
To set display number zeros pixel at column 3 row 3 high it shows that(the two lines are high whatever I seem to do.):

Anyone got any idea? Would really appreciate it :) thanks guys!

Archelon:
Anyone got any idea? Would really appreciate it :slight_smile: thanks guys!

You didn’t explain what you did or did not get at that point.

Oh! Here is another picture, is it?

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Photo is marginally better than before.

Seems to confirm the relevance of the link I posted above.