Problem with the LCD

Hi everyong there is a problem with my LCD i am using the DRrobot LCD shield there is showing something on the LCD. it is like "[u]==[/u]" my LCD is broke or something ? or the program problem makes it happen ? Thanks a lot

What program would that be?

Here it is, thanks. :slight_smile:

#define FREQ_PIN 3
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
#include <Fat16.h>
#include <Fat16util.h>
SdCard card;
Fat16 file;
LiquidCrystal lcd(8, 9, 4, 5, 6, 7);
void writeNumber(uint32_t n)
  uint8_t buf[10];
  uint8_t i = 0;
  do {
    buf[sizeof(buf) - i] = n%10 + '0';
    n /= 10;
  } while (n);
  file.write(&buf[sizeof(buf) - i], i); // write the part of buf with the number

void setup(void) {
  pinMode(FREQ_PIN, INPUT);
 lcd.begin(16, 2);
 char name[] = "WRITE00.TXT";
  for (uint8_t i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
    name[5] = i/10 + '0';
    name[6] = i%10 + '0';
    // O_CREAT - create the file if it does not exist
    // O_EXCL - fail if the file exists
    // O_WRITE - open for write
    if (, O_CREAT | O_EXCL | O_WRITE)) break;
   PgmPrint("Now Speed: ");
  // write 100 line to file
  for (uint8_t i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
    file.write("line "); // write string from RAM
    file.write_P(PSTR(" millis = ")); // write string from flash
  // close file and force write of all data to the SD card

void loop(void)

unsigned long t1 = pulseIn(FREQ_PIN, HIGH);// Time how long it takes to go HIGH again
unsigned long t2 = pulseIn(FREQ_PIN, LOW); // and how long it takes to go low again.
 double t = t1 + t2;
         double f = 1/t;
           double w = 2 * 3.14 * f;
           double v = w * 0.05;
file.write(v); // file.println() would work also

The LCD show me like this

Is my LCD broke ?

// maybe try this in your loop

lcd.println("broken? ");
lcd.println(“lets see”);

lcd.println(“that char?”);
for(int k=0; k<=7; k++){
lcd.print(k, BYTE);

// the strange chars look like “custom chars” designed by accident
// best, ku

the strange chars look like "custom chars" designed by accident

No they don't. Each of them has a dot displayed in the 8th row, the row reserved for the cursor.


you used lcd.println

the LiquidCrystal included with Arduino-18 doesn't handle the carriage return and line feed characters correctly--it tries to display them instead of repositioning the cursor.

that's the way I recall them looking. Switch to lcd.print and the strangeness should go away.