This tutorial is for the now ancient V1 Motor shield. Chances are you have a V2, check out the tutorial https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-motor-shield-v2-for-arduino This tutorial is for historical reference and previous customers only!
The Adafruit Motor Shield kit is a great motor controller for Arduino, but it does a little care to make sure it's used correctly. Please read through all the User manual sections at left, especially the section about library installation and power requirements!This guide was first published on Aug 27, 2012. It was last updated on Oct 18, 2018. This page (Use It!) was last updated on Jun 07, 2015.