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L298 problem

I'm making a robot and I'm using an L298 to drive 2 DC hobby motors (specifically, the tamiya twin gearbox). For some reason, the L298 give out 3.4V on its outputs when applying logic low to the corresponding input. Does anyone know why this is? I am going by the example schematic in the datasheet, using 5V for logic power supply and 9V for motor power supply.

MAX7219 display help

I have an Arduino driving 6 separate MAX7219 displays. My data will display very quickly for a split second, but then disappear. Each one can be driven fine when only one is running. What is happening? More info can be provided if needed.