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I connected one I just built to a 5v power supply and waited 10seconds. Nothing happened. Looks like my +\- are connected right and no solder bridges. Is there a trick to get them to start firing. I don't have it connected to a ray27 or anything. Just power supply.
Well after looking more carefully at the wiki manual I see what I did wrong. I tried to build one up last night but it didn't fire at all.
On the chip side of the board there is a + and a - am I supposed to connect the + to the edge where the white box is or beside it? I am currently beside it as I assumed the white box indicated pin 1 for the header if I was to flash the pic later on. Also does it matter which side of the board the power leads are connected? The chip or the resistor side?
On the chip side the + is closest to the strip of 5 holes that is for the ICSP programming header. It's actually the pad in the middle of the bottom edge that is the + for the incoming power. Either side of the pcb can be used for the in and either side for the out. The latter version of the assembly guide is at the bottom of http://auschristmaslighting.com/forums/index.php?topic=6458.msg57529#msg57529 . I will change the version that is on the wiki later today.
Ok. So maybe my power supply is marked wrong. I swap power and the strobe turns on solid white. Should it strobe on its own? When i reverse polarity nothing happens. Did I previously just kill my pic with the reverse and have to solder up another to test or is the light a sign of goodness and I need to use something else to control it.