The MEGA2560 and L293D motor drive shield, any way to still use the pin2-p13

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LAOADAM

Joined Nov 21, 2018
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Hi,
when plugged in the L293D motor drive shield, possibly to use pin2 - pin 13 for other purpose?
Thanks
Adam
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SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
3,807
If a shield is plugged into a port, then the port is in use and cannot be used otherwise. Unless it is simply an extender shield which is not the case here.
 

djsfantasi

Joined Apr 11, 2010
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Some of the pins can be used. Some cannot. Checking the Arduino tutorial for this shield, we find:

“While using this shield 6 analog Pins (which can be used as digital pins too), pin 2 and pin 13 of arduino are free.​
In the case of using Servo motor, pins 9, 10, 2 are in use.​
In the case of using DC motor, pin11 for #1, pin3 for #2, pin5 for #3, pin6 for #4 and pins 4, 7, 8 and 12 for all of them are in use.​
In the case of using Stepper motor, pins 11 and 3 for #1, pins 5 and 6 for #2 and pins 4, 7, 8 and 12 for all of them are in use”​

This information can be found on this page.

If your Arduino has extra pin holes, you can hardwire other pins for your application. I often buy stackable headers along with a shield, so I can stack or wire to unused pins.
 
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