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August 17, 2010
by winglmui
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The wires on the battery holder are thin and malleable unlike the regular wires, so I can't get them to stay inside the breadboard. Any ideas?

August 18, 2010
by mongo
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There are a couple of ways. Both involve soldering. 1, tin the leads to stiffen them up. I think they come tinned but it might have gotten soft on you. 2, solder on a little piece of solid wire to the ends of the leads that can more easily go into the little holes.

August 18, 2010
by winglmui
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Thanks. I don't have a soldering iron so I ended up just doing 2 with electrical tape. =D It works wonders. Will have to make it more permanent once I have a soldering iron.

September 03, 2010
by J13
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I had the same problem. We used two pieces of the stiff wire and connected the battery leads with wire nuts. Works great now.

November 08, 2010
by rssnow
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had same problem... attached two pieces of the solid wire, but its not soldered yet just twisted on i need to run to the radio shack later and get more solder.

My other problem was that i misread the pin assigment on the higher numbered pins on the lcd.

After these two fixes and a broken wire replaced its happily saying Hardware is ok.

I am going to like playing with this. Richard

I did find the multimeter i purchased was essential in verifying voltages and continuity. It helped me find the broken wire.

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