neo-6m works with Uno, but not mega2560

Hi,
I was trying to link the Neo-6m GPS with my Arduino mega2560, RX–>pin 16 (TX on arduino), TX → pin 17 (RX on Arduino), 5V, GND, used code example from the TinyGPS library.


#include <TinyGPS++.h>
#include <SoftwareSerial.h>
/*
This sample sketch demonstrates the normal use of a TinyGPS++ (TinyGPSPlus) object.
It requires the use of SoftwareSerial, and assumes that you have a
4800-baud serial GPS device hooked up on pins 4(rx) and 3(tx).
*/
static const int RXPin = 17, TXPin = 16;
static const uint32_t GPSBaud = 4800;

// The TinyGPS++ object
TinyGPSPlus gps;

// The serial connection to the GPS device
SoftwareSerial ss(RXPin, TXPin);

void setup()
{
Serial.begin(9600);
ss.begin(GPSBaud);

Serial.println(F(“DeviceExample.ino”));
Serial.println(F(“A simple demonstration of TinyGPS++ with an attached GPS module”));
Serial.print(F("Testing TinyGPS++ library v. ")); Serial.println(TinyGPSPlus::libraryVersion());
Serial.println(F(“by Mikal Hart”));
Serial.println();
}

void loop()
{
// This sketch displays information every time a new sentence is correctly encoded.
while (ss.available() > 0)
if (gps.encode(ss.read()))
displayInfo();

if (millis() > 5000 && gps.charsProcessed() < 10)
{
Serial.println(F(“No GPS detected: check wiring.”));
while(true);
}
}

void displayInfo()
{
Serial.print(F(“Location: “));
if (gps.location.isValid())
{
Serial.print(gps.location.lat(), 6);
Serial.print(F(”,”));
Serial.print(gps.location.lng(), 6);
}
else
{
Serial.print(F(“INVALID”));
}

Serial.print(F(" Date/Time: “));
if (gps.date.isValid())
{
Serial.print(gps.date.month());
Serial.print(F(”/"));
Serial.print(gps.date.day());
Serial.print(F("/"));
Serial.print(gps.date.year());
}
else
{
Serial.print(F(“INVALID”));
}

Serial.print(F(" “));
if (gps.time.isValid())
{
if (gps.time.hour() < 10) Serial.print(F(“0”));
Serial.print(gps.time.hour());
Serial.print(F(”:"));
if (gps.time.minute() < 10) Serial.print(F(“0”));
Serial.print(gps.time.minute());
Serial.print(F(":"));
if (gps.time.second() < 10) Serial.print(F(“0”));
Serial.print(gps.time.second());
Serial.print(F("."));
if (gps.time.centisecond() < 10) Serial.print(F(“0”));
Serial.print(gps.time.centisecond());
}
else
{
Serial.print(F(“INVALID”));
}

Serial.println();

I got Location: INVALID.

I tried out the same GPS with UNO, using pin 4, 3 instead. It worked out fine.

I am new to Arduino and may have made some silly rookie mistakes.
Any suggestion helps.
Thanks!

forget softserial.
Mega has several hardware ports..

Thanks for the suggestion, Ny!
I tried using serial2,begin(), serial2.available(), etc, since connecting to pin16,17, but still got the same result. Any thoughts?

zxyallison:
Thanks for the suggestion, Ny!
I tried using serial2,begin(), serial2.available(), etc, since connecting to pin16,17, but still got the same result. Any thoughts?

post your new code in tags please

New code using Serial2

#include <TinyGPS++.h>
/*
   This sample sketch demonstrates the normal use of a TinyGPS++ (TinyGPSPlus) object.
   It requires the use of SoftwareSerial, and assumes that you have a
   4800-baud serial GPS device hooked up on pins 4(rx) and 3(tx).
*/

static const uint32_t GPSBaud = 9600;

// The TinyGPS++ object
TinyGPSPlus gps;


void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
  Serial2.begin(GPSBaud);

  Serial.println(F("DeviceExample.ino"));
  Serial.println(F("A simple demonstration of TinyGPS++ with an attached GPS module"));
  Serial.print(F("Testing TinyGPS++ library v. ")); Serial.println(TinyGPSPlus::libraryVersion());
  Serial.println(F("by Mikal Hart"));
  Serial.println();
}

void loop()
{
  // This sketch displays information every time a new sentence is correctly encoded.
  while (Serial2.available() > 0)
    if (gps.encode(Serial2.read()))
      displayInfo();

  if (millis() > 5000 && gps.charsProcessed() < 10)
  {
    Serial.println(F("No GPS detected: check wiring."));
    while(true);
  }
}

void displayInfo()
{
  Serial.print(F("Location: ")); 
  if (gps.location.isValid())
  {
    Serial.print(gps.location.lat(), 6);
    Serial.print(F(","));
    Serial.print(gps.location.lng(), 6);
  }
  else
  {
    Serial.print(F("INVALID"));
  }

  Serial.print(F("  Date/Time: "));
  if (gps.date.isValid())
  {
    Serial.print(gps.date.month());
    Serial.print(F("/"));
    Serial.print(gps.date.day());
    Serial.print(F("/"));
    Serial.print(gps.date.year());
  }
  else
  {
    Serial.print(F("INVALID"));
  }

  Serial.print(F(" "));
  if (gps.time.isValid())
  {
    if (gps.time.hour() < 10) Serial.print(F("0"));
    Serial.print(gps.time.hour());
    Serial.print(F(":"));
    if (gps.time.minute() < 10) Serial.print(F("0"));
    Serial.print(gps.time.minute());
    Serial.print(F(":"));
    if (gps.time.second() < 10) Serial.print(F("0"));
    Serial.print(gps.time.second());
    Serial.print(F("."));
    if (gps.time.centisecond() < 10) Serial.print(F("0"));
    Serial.print(gps.time.centisecond());
  }
  else
  {
    Serial.print(F("INVALID"));
  }

  Serial.println();
}

Are you getting an incorrect wiring error, or does your module just have no satellite fix?

do you have a steel roof?

is the antenna built into the module?

do you have an LED blinking at 1 pulse per second?

The most common cause of the GPS not reporting a valid fix, is trying to use it indoors.

The GPS should be outdoors with a good view of the sky.

Incidently the reason why softwareserial does not work on a Mega2560 is mentioned here;

GPS Troubleshooting

Power_Broker, Geek Emeritus and srnet
Thank you for your suggestions.

To answer your questions,
The antenna is linked with the Module.
I used the GPS outdoors, with a clear view of sky. The LED is blinking.
When I connect the GPS with Arduino Uno, it worked fine, and reported my lat and lon.
However, when I hooked it up with Mega, still outdoors on the same table as before, it reported Loation:Invalid.
Power_Broker is right. There was zero satellite available.

Any thoughts on how I can fix it?

Thank you so much!