Circuit works when I poke a connection, but the connection is sound Answered
So, I've started playing with vfds since this weekend jaycar (if your an Aussie) is selling 11 digit, 10 segment vfds for $1.90. Cheap as :P. It runs off 12v for the segments, 4.5v for the filament. I'm using 3 4094s to control the segments and an atmega168 to control the 4094s, using 3 transistors to up the voltage between the 4094s data, clock and latch pins and the the atmega I/O ports. I'm pretty sure everythings hooked up correctly but, as with most projects, it's not working first time :P. Here's the thing, it works if I poke either the green or brown connection with just one probe of my multimeter/finger it works. My first thought is that i've hooked up my transistors incorrectly, the base is 5v with a 2.2k current limiting resistor, and the collector is 12v with a 5.1k current limiting resistor. To much? I blew out a resistor in initial testing and it got me a little worried :P Thoughts?