SparkFun Troubleshooting Tips
"It's not working!" A common utterance made when working with electronics. But, have no fear. There are numerous troubleshooting tips that make diagnosing your problem much simpler than it may seem. In this tutorial, we will be exploring a few general troubleshooting tips and possible solutions that frequently come up in SparkFun's Technical Support department. Some of these tips may not apply to all cases and projects, but it is a good place to start to determine the source of the problem.
The development and breakout boards that are produced by SparkFun are usually tested on a pogobed and inspected by a technician for quality control before they are packaged and sent out. Let's assume that the boards are good to start.
At a minimum, a low cost multimeter is a must for basic troubleshooting. Depending your setup, you may need additional tools and components.
If you aren't familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out some of these skill tutorials. The complexity of the project may require additional skills to help you troubleshoot.