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game of life problem

by rkodel on Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:27 pm

when i turn of the game of life, it goes random for a few minutes then settles into a pattern with one ono-flashing light with a flashing light on each side and a flashing light on top and botton. resetting starts the random process but in a few mintutes it settles into the same pattern usually in a diferent spot on the board. leaving it on for hours and it stays the same never changes. any help
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:44 pm

thats pretty normal, the game of life does have stabilization points where it oscillates!

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Re: game of life problem

by rkodel on Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:09 am

does the oscillation point change over time or does it just keep oscillating at the same point? i have left it on over night and it is still oscillating at the same point no change.
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:11 am

yup, its a stable oscillation. it doesnt reset because, well, the game is still doing something, it isnt 'dead'

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Re: game of life problem

by country_too on Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:35 pm

My Game of Life quickly settles down into a steady repeating pattern. Will connecting multiple games together minimize the degeneration into a steady, repeating (boring) pattern?
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:18 am

yes but there may be a different stable pattern - thats larger :)

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Re: game of life problem

by country_too on Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:09 am

When connecting multiple Game of Life PCB's together, do the additional boards require the power supplys or on/off/reset buttons? :?
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:21 pm

you should only have one power supply (any)
the buttons are for each board. you could 'wire them together' but its not really necessary

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Re: game of life problem

by country_too on Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:07 pm

Thanks for your response. I understand, only one power supply needed. Each PCB has its own button. Does each PCB have to be started separately or will one button start/stop/reset them all? :?
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:41 pm

the button only resets the board that its on

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Re: game of life problem

by country_too on Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:19 pm

Sooooo, to start them all at the same time you have to wire all the buttons together. Is that correct? :?
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Wed Apr 07, 2010 12:21 pm

yes

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Re: game of life problem

by country_too on Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:42 pm

One last (possibly silly) question. All the examples of combined boards end up being squares. Can these boards be attached together to form rectangles? How about free-form, with branches going off in all directions? Why is it always a square?
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Re: game of life problem

by adafruit on Thu Apr 08, 2010 5:45 pm

any size or shape is ok. we like squares :)

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Re: game of life problem

by dataman on Fri May 07, 2010 12:48 pm

Just a note,
The new 1.4 firmware seems to resolve the oscillation problem.
Software is free, currently in beta, but seems to be working fine in 4, 6, an 9 panel configurations.
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