xl97: So I will change out the resistors to be 4.7k & 10k respectively.. and lets me keep the draw form the 'meter' low...
but why @ a stable 7.4v from the PSU am I getting readings of 1023 from +5v - +7.4v??
My guess is that either the resistors you are using are not really 470 ohms and 1K (e.g. the one you think is 1K is actually 10k, or the one you think is 470 ohms is actually 47 ohms), or you are using one of those breadboards that has a break in the middle of the 5v and gnd rails and you haven't taken account of that break (so the 1k resistor is not connected to ground).
sorry I missed this post.. (DOH)..
is there a way I can meter my resistors? to accurately find out the values?
or I suppose I could also try to look up the color bands? (always hate that)..
any better way?