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I have a 5 V water pump and a 5 V/2.4 A power source. These work together. Now I want to control it with a PWM signal from an STM32 board using a FQP30N06L N-Channel MOSFET and that doesn't work - nothing happens, the PWM signal goes out but the pump doesn't seem to get the power and doesn't turn on.

This is my circuit:

Schematic of the circuit

The diode looks dumb but it's the only one I could find rated over 2 A.

I would very much appreciate help in finding the error.

Photo of the perfboard with the circuit

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The issue was that the signal (the gate-source voltage) was too low for the MOSFET to open up with this load. With 3.3V it didn't open at all, with 5V it opened a little bit (and heated up a lot), and only with around 9V it opened fully.

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