Ping Sensor two black bars on LCD

I searched but did not find anything relevant.

I am brand new to Arduino.

I am trying to run the sample Ping application.

The code compiles but all I get is two black bars on the LCD also the LED on the Ping module never lights.

I believe the two black bars means the LCD has not been initialized.

The Ping))) sensor I have is from Radio Shack http://www.parallax.com/Store/Sensors/ObjectDetection/tabid/176/ProductID/92/List/0/Default.aspx?SortField=ProductName,ProductName

Thanks for the help.

Ralph

Darn, the output is going to the "Serial Monitor" not the LCD. That is why the LCD is not initiated.

Now how do I get Mac OS X 10.6 Terminal to recognize the Arduino?

Guess I'll have to ask in another thread. :~d.

There is a serial monitor (Terminal program) as part of the IDE. If you're using a 1.0+ version of the software, it's the magnifying glass icon top right.