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This tip comes under the "red face," or "I can't believe I did that" category.

When I ran the hardware utility on the first board that I assembled, I did not get a red flashing LED, nothing. After about an hour of checking solder joints, etc., I gave up and tested the second board that I built. Everything tested as it should on that board. I put the first board up, figuring that I would look at it again when I was less frustrated. THEN, I remembered that as I was building the second board and was inserting the Micro Processor, U2, into the socket, it took more force to seat it than it did for the first board I assembled. I made a mental note (that I promptly forgot) to go back and check the Micro Processor on the first board to assure it was seated all the way.

Sure enough, I had not inserted it completely into its socket. So, my tip, make certain that you use sufficient force to COMPLETELY seat the ICs into their sockets.

Everything worked as advertised once I did this.

Embarrassing mistake, but hopefully someone else will learn from it.

Denny

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Another red face, I thought I was in the "Tips" section when I posted this! Got to take a break from those LOR boards; I'm going crazy.

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