Linksprite – 4 digit 7 segment Linker Module for Arduino
Just thought I would share my experience with the following part in case anyone else had trouble as well!
Figuring it out was not a big deal in the end but I thought I would share in case anyone else got stuck.
I bought the Linksprite 4 digit 7 segment display for a nice easy way to get going with a ‘clock’ display. I bought it from Jaycar in Australia, the product came with no instructions but Jaycar usually have links to datasheets etc. on the product page on their website.
Unfortunately the pinout was the part that got me stuck! I couldn’t see the pinout on the module so on the linksprite page there is a link to the schematic which shows the pinout near a diagram marked P1. I thought that this meant ‘Pin 1’ So when I looked on the module and saw ‘P1’ I thought this referred to pin1, and wired it up as shown in the schematic, and this was incorrect!
Really, P1 referred to the whole ‘connector’ as a part, and was not at all any indication of pin 1.
The main problem was that the QC inspector covered up the pinout markings with the ‘QC Passed’ sticker so I couldn’t see the appropriate descriptions.
Removing the sticker cleared everything up
and I was back on my way 🙂
So I guess the lesson learnt is when reading schematics, don’t let part identifiers distract you.