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Troubleshooting

July 18, 2017

I can't get a key to press!

  • Make sure your Makey Makey GO is plugged into the computer.
  • The Makey Makey GO should have a red or blue light on the back showing that it is connected properly. Is it lit? If there's no light, something is wrong with the computer or the GO.
  • If a light comes on but it's green, try tapping the Play Button  to recalibrate the GO.
  • If the USB port on your computer is blue plastic, it's USB 3.0, and may not work with Makey Makey GO. Try using a USB 2.0 port. This problem comes up with Windows 7 machines most often.
  • Try sending a signal in the simplest way you can. Just tap the Plus Sensor  with your finger to see if the light turns green. If it turns green, it should be sending a signal to your computer.
  • When you are alligator clipping everyday materials, they need to be at least a little bit conductive. For example, play-doh, a banana, or aluminum foil should work. Plastic, most fabrics or paper will not work directly. You can always combine materials, for example by wetting the paper or putting play-doh onto the plastic.

One of the keys won't stop pressing over and over! What should I do?

  • Try tapping the Play Button 
  • Try unplugging the Makey Makey GO from your computer, then plug it back in again.
  • If the object connected to the Makey Makey GO is your own body, then perhaps you are sending a connection by touching your computer's metal case, or by not wearing shoes. Take a step back and see what you are touching.
  • Perhaps one of the objects connected to the Makey Makey GO that you think is well insulated is not. For example, if you connect a banana to your Makey Makey and it's sitting on a wooden cutting board, is that cutting board moist or dry? If it's moist then perhaps your hand is sending a signal through the moisture.
  • Is it raining? Is it extremely humid- are you in a rainforest? This can sometimes cause porous materials, such as paper or clothing, to become conductive.

It works sometimes, but not other times. :(

  • Your materials might not be conductive enough. For example, if your object is a vegetable, does it have a dry skin?
  • If you are using a drawn graphite line from a pencil, make sure the line is heavy and dark. Draw your line on a hard smooth surface, such as a table without any grain in it. Take care in folding the paper, because it can sometimes break the graphite connection. Once you are expert at drawing the lines, you don't have to follow any rules, but if you can't get it to work try the tips mentioned.
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