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SenseHat won't stop flashing
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SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Sun Jan 16, 2022 5:09 pm

When I boot up my raspberry pi the sensehat rainbow pattern wont stop flashing. If I run a python program to change the lights it will but will continue to overlay the sensehat with the flashing rainbow pattern. I have it mounted on top of a motor control board. Any thoughts?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Sun Jan 16, 2022 9:42 pm

Update. If I don't power the motor control hat it works fine. I think it's a conflict with the other hat. Any suggestions?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jan 17, 2022 1:45 pm

It could be a pin conflict? Here's what the Sense HAT uses:
https://pinout.xyz/pinout/sense_hat#

What motor control HAT are you using?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:01 pm

I disconnected the other Hat but it was a "Adafruit DC & Stepper Motor HAT for Raspberry Pi - Mini Kit".

It worked once in awhile. Not consistantly. I have since just connected the SenseHat directly to my Pi 4. Upon reboot all the LEDs start flashing. I can still login via SSH but nothing I do will stop them from flashing. If I run a program to change the LED's it sometimes runs but it switches uncontrollably between the program and the flashing. Does the attached image tell you anything?
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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:19 pm

The Sense HAT sensors take up the following I2C addresses:
0x46 LEDs (ATTINY88)
0x1C Accelo/Magno (LSM9DS1)
0x6A " "
0x5C Pressure/Temp (LPS25H)
0x5F Humidity/Temp (HTS221)

The Adafruit Motor HAT uses:
0x60 PCA9685
0x70 " " (all call address)

So there does not appear to be an I2C address conflict.

Just to be sure - the Sense HAT is still working as expected when used by itself?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:24 pm

Thanks for the quick response. It's not. I have disconnected all other devices from the Pi. One time it will boot up fine. Then next it just keeps flashing. Trying to uploada video to show you. I have changed power supplies, reinstall the sense hat software and run and upgrade and update

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:37 pm

Tried to upload a .mov file but it would t let net.

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:38 pm

A movie is probably exceeding the max file size for forum attachments.

Can you post a photo of your setup?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 2:45 pm

The video would have just shown it flashing. Really nothing more. Any thoughts on what to try? I just purchased another sensehat to see if that will work. It gets here later this week. Just kinda of stuck:-)

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:23 pm

Can you link to the Python program being run?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 3:46 pm

It’s flashing on boot prior to running a python program

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Mon Jan 17, 2022 7:26 pm

Is there a place that I could look in the startup process for something that could be causing an issue?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:58 pm

The flashing at boot could just be a minor hiccup when things are booting up.

Do they work OK if you just ignore that and then run an example python program?

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by goobertek on Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:02 pm

No, the flashing won’t stop even if I run a python program to change the LEDs. It will flash and run the program at the same time and the return to flashing.

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Re: SenseHat won't stop flashing

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:05 pm

Not really sure what's happening then. I'd suggest asking in the Raspberry Pi forums:
https://forums.raspberrypi.com/
They'd know more about what could be causing the behavior you are seeing.

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