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Arduino Hardware Reset Circuit Breadboard

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By: kurt

This circuit uses one pin to let you reset your Arduino in code. It pulls reset low for a couple milliseconds to ensure the Arduino has enough time to complete its reset cycle.

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Bill of Materials

Qty Part # Description Schematic ID Source
1 C14ff4b26e5b0d93cd1a4d9208acb56b9634d2bf NE555P TIMER SINGLE PRECISION,DIP8 ,0.5MHZ IC1 Source
1 8d17dc6357d99d17730430c3718a0a959d650925 CF14JT100R 1/4w 100 ohms 5% Carbon Film Resistors R4 Source
1 6ff6f1f238f6d58bf3404a4f2e252ec33d9a96cc CF14JT1K00 1/4w 1K ohms 5% Carbon Film Resistors R3 Source
1 D9a682fef3ecbdda1662c8ac0511fc8fe76d9200 CF14JT10K0 1/4w 10K ohms 5% Carbon Film Resistors R2 Source
1 4868eeaa367d124a5137abfd3185be624e37bef6 CF14JT100K AXIAL CARBON FILM RES 1/4W 100K OHMS 5% LF R1 Source
1 D1ab4aa047eff1b9c25b19a978b5f76604582418 EEA-GA1HR10 CAP ALUM 0.1UF 50V 20% RADIAL C1 Source
1 679f7dae6acf00a1d38d970c8e80263aa7d6d8d4 SR215C103KAR CAPACITOR, 0.01UF, 50V C2 Source
1 5456f27d24da35477b2d27b2da40d3216ffa1904 2N3904BU TRANSISTOR, NPN 200MA TO-92 Q1 Source
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1. Gather parts

Gather your parts. Note that the capacitors in the picture are actually a 10pF capacitor and a 100uF capacitor. It's recommended that you use 10nF and 0.1uF capacitors as shown in the schematic.


2. Insert 555 timer

Insert the 555 timer in your breadboard. There is a small circular dent on the top of the chip that indicates pin 1. Make sure you put pin 1 on the top left side as shown.


3. Connect 555 timer to +5V

Connect pins 4 and 8 of the IC to the +5V rail on the right side of the breadboard.


4. Connect 555 timer to GND

Connect pin 1 of the IC to the GND rail on the left side of the breadboard.


5. AC couple pin 5 of the timer to ground

Place the 10nF capacitor between pin 5 of the IC and the ground rail. The value of this capacitor is not very important, and the circuit will probably still work without it.

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7 - fixed steps 3 and 4
6 - fixed an error in the description
5 - fixed the text for the third step
4 - none
3 - changed name to indicate this project is built on a breadboard
2 - updated description
1 - Initial project release
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