I bricked my Arduino
I grabbed the Arduino Coding Kit (really an Arduino Leonardo) the other day. I will post what I am building with it later, but long story short I bricked it.
This is not a bash on littleBits, I think they’re awesome (although a little pricy).
How to fix it
Ok, so you messed up your littleBits arduino somehow, you need to restart it.
You will need:
- Arduino board + USB cable
- Power module
- Some sort of conductive cable (I used some soldering wick as my cable.)
In short, you need to short circuit the board to restart it.
- Find the two middle holes on the
- Place the cable to connect those holes.
- Connect USB cable to computer and arduino.
- Turn ON your arduino board (via power module)
- Launch Arduino IDE and have bug-free code ready
- Start to Upload the code. When the status changes from
Uploading, remove the short circuit.
- You should see LED’s flashing and the Arduino should be reset.
More about the problem
I’ve done some research as to why this happens. I think it boils to a couple things:
- Either you uploaded larger files than its memory can handle
- Or you used a library that messes up the firmware on the board.
I personally used JeeLib, a library designed to help with power consumption on the boards. I’m assuming that messed up some LED controllers that ended up messing up the entire system.