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555 chip and continuity

When I place probes on pin 1 and pin 8 of a 555 timer chip, should there be continuity?

I'm trying to put a circuit together, actually a circuit to test if a 555 is good or bad, and can not

seem to get it to work.  Wondering if the chip I'm trying to use is already bad....  


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thanks very much for the replies, bdk6.  I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening 

trying to get these circuits to work and no love.  I keep ripping the things apart and starting over :-(

I'll try your suggestion of swapping pin 3 for 7.... and I'll take a look at the link you provided.

Thanks, I appreciate the help.


along with trying to get the motor controller circuit working (the PWM approach), I've been trying to build this breadboard

which will test the 555 chip.  When you hook a 9 volt to it the LEDs are supposed to alternate blinking (if the chip is good).  I've only been able to get both LEDs to light up at the same time.  Attached is a link to the circuit I've been working with.  If you could take a look at it.... does it seem like it should work?  I guess maybe the next thing is I should upload a picture of my breadboard... kind of frustrating.... but thanks again.  Learning alot with this exercise... but still, frustating.