I am writing code in Energia using the mso430g2553 launchpad and an external pushbutton with a pullup resistor. The code should simply display the state of the button on the serial monitor, 1 for pressed, 0 for unpressed. This is the code I am using:

int pushButton = 5;
void setup() {
// initialize serial communication at 9600 bits per second:
// make the pushbutton's pin an input:
// NOTE this is different from the on-board pushbutton
pinMode(pushButton, INPUT);

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {

// read the input pin:
int buttonState = digitalRead(pushButton);
// print out the state of the button:
delay(1);        // delay in between reads for stability

This is the circuit configuration I am using:

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My problem is that when I run the program, I always get 0 no matter if the button is pressed or not. It seems like the program is not reading the input from the button, or I connected the button wrong way. However I can't seem to find the problem, I tried turning the button for 90 degrees and I connected opposite legs of the button to ground and to the pin. Would a solution be to add a debouncing capacitor maybe? Any help would be much appreciated!

  • \$\begingroup\$ How does int pushButton = 5; map your switch to hardware pin P1.3? \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 13:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ According to the MSP430g2553 pinout ( energia.nu/img/LaunchPadMSP430G2452-v1.5.jpg ), Pin 5 corresponds to P1.3 hence I used that notation. \$\endgroup\$
    – Maria
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 13:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ So you did not make any changes from the tutorial? Show a photo of your circuit. \$\endgroup\$
    – CL.
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ No I didn't make changes from the tutorial, I used the same circuit with 10k resistor and the same code for using external push button. Yet I can't seem to get it working, it prints just one value or it works correctly and then randomly stops working and prints just one value. \$\endgroup\$
    – Maria
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 14:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Have you got the button the correct way around? They have 4 pins, and if you happen to connect it at 90 degrees from where it should be you will find the input is shorted to ground. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 15:37

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Per OP in comments, as questioned by @TomCarpenter, the issue was the orientation of the 4 pin tact switch OP was using. The switched connection was not being used, tying P1.3 to ground permanently.


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