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PiOLED Not working at all
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PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:02 pm

Hello all!

Super noob here, but recently received my order of the Mini Ad Blocking Pi-Hole Kit w/ the PiOLED screen.

As far as the description says, I just plug in the power and micro sd card and it should work, however there is nothing coming up on the OLED screen. I do get a solid green light on the Pi itself.

I plugged in the first 3 set of headers exactly like in the photos provided but don't get anything.

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by mikeysklar on Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:59 pm

Hello strej941,

You will need to install the OS, install Pi Hole and add some CircuitPython libraries to get the display up and running. This guide will walk you through it.

https://learn.adafruit.com/pi-hole-ad-b ... -pi-zero-w

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:11 pm

I purchased the PiHole mini pack. It's pre soldered and supposedly plug and play.

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:38 am

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3973

This is the product. The screen won't work so I can't get the information to be able to see what to do next.

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:09 pm

Hello? Can anyone help or help me setup a replacement?

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by mikeysklar on Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:26 pm

The Mini Ad Blocking Pi-Hole Kit you picked up comes pre-soldered, but the software installation still needs to be done.

You can follow the setup instructions in the description.

https://learn.adafruit.com/pi-hole-ad-b ... w?view=all

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:53 pm

How am I supposed to do that when I can't see anything on the screen? Everything I've read stated plug and play and that the Micro SD card included had all the software installed.

"All you need is a USB power supply and a USB cable (not included cause you probably have spares) to power the Pi Zero WH+OLED. You can put it anywhere in your home or office where WiFi is available."

The ad shouldn't state this if its not accurate.

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by mikeysklar on Tue Sep 10, 2019 4:37 pm

The OLED screen will work after the Pi has been configured. It will require a monitor and keyboard be plugged in to set it all up according to the guide instructions.

I don't see the terms like "plug and play" or that micro SD card has all the necessary software installed in the description.

https://www.adafruit.com/product/3973

You are welcome to contact "Returns" and let them know that you had expected a turn key project.

https://www.adafruit.com/contact_us

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:13 pm

You can also SSH in, which is what the guide has you do. After you run through the setup here:
https://learn.adafruit.com/pi-hole-ad-b ... are-the-pi
the next step has you SSH in to complete the setup.
https://learn.adafruit.com/pi-hole-ad-b ... ll-pi-hole

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:25 pm

I can't do anything because I can't see anything :/ nothing said I needed a mini hdmi and anything else to set this up.

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by millercommamatt on Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:38 pm

Strictly speaking, you don't. You just need another computer. Considering what a PiHole if for, I'm assuming you have one.

If you have an SD card reader you can set up the memory card for the pi from another computer to allow access via SSH. Once you connect via SSH, you can set up everything else with some console commands.

Just follow this guide step by step: https://learn.adafruit.com/pi-hole-ad-blocker-with-pi-zero-w?view=all

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:12 pm

Correct. Basically, use the other computer to edit some text files on the SD card. Details in the guide:
https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi ... le-editing

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by aphexx0407 on Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:22 am

That is correct. I have a bit of knowledge troubleshooting Windows based PC but I am totally new to raspberry with Raspbian OS. I also bought the same kit as yours and I thought it would just be plug and play, straight forward. But I was surprised when I got the package with the bare kit. Tried to plug it with a USB power supply and like what you mentioned the green LED just blinked with nothing on the small LCD screen. I know this one has a wireless connectivity but I know there is no way the Pi Zero WH would connect to my wifi without setting up involved. I went ahead and bought a mini HDMI to HDMI cable but silly me I didn't noticed Pi Zero only has 2 micro USB ports, and one is for power. So no luck for me in the beginning. Persuasion bore fruit, after a couple of cigarettes I figured out a way to get it to work.

The link provided above will allow you to setup your Mini AdBlock Pi Zero WH with headless installation, meaning you do not need to connect the Pi Zero WH to a monitor with keyboard and mouse. You can setup the device using another computer via SSH. All you need to get everything working are as follows:

- another computer connected to the internet
- a card reader to connect your microsd card into your computer (not needed if your PC has a card reader built-in)
- SD Card Formatter software which you can download and install for free
- Balena Etcher software which you can also download for free
- PuTTY software to SSH your PC with the Pi Zero WH
- latest Raspbian Buster Lite
- Bonjour Print Services for Windows 2.0.2, link http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999. That needs to be installed on your computer if you are running Windows OS

The microsd card that came with the package has NOOBS 2.8 pre-installed but I didn't got to use it as I did a headless setup. What I did was format the microsd card using the SD Card Formatter software then burned (copied) the Raspbian Buster Lite zip to the microsd card using Balena Etcher. Once that is done and the software verified a successful burn you will then have your microsd drive labelled as BOOT (or boot). Inside the microsd card are set of files needed to run the Raspbian OS.

Please note before inserting the microsd card back to the Pi Zero WH you will need to create a wpa_supplicant.conf file to get your Pi connected to your wi-fi network. I used Notepad++ to make one, if you can't or don't know how to make one I will give you a download link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kqzXwJXWD7avThWZ13SGPNiw1EH3LViC/view?usp=sharing) for the file, just use the Notepad++ (free to download) to edit the file with your SSID and wifi password--click only Save, not Save As. Refer to this link https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-zero-creation/text-file-editing for a step by step tutorial.

You also need to make blank SSH file, link to download is https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bh1hL10frpz9JSiXR5-y-zv6blTMWZdR/view?usp=sharing

Those two files are not available inside your microsd card by default so you will need to create them, I gave you some download links to make it easier for you. You also need to configure the config.txt file which will be discussed on the link above.

Once that is done you can then remove the microsd card from the computer and insert it in your Pi Zero WH. You can then proceed to power ON your Pi Zero WH, give it a couple of minutes to do its thing. In order to know if your Pi Zero WH is connected to your wifi or network you will need to go to your router's settings page. You need to check if it is listed as one of the device connected to your network, if it is connected make sure to remember the IP address that was assigned.

Then you can run PuTTY on your computer and SSH to your Pi Zero WH. Just put in the IP address of your Pi device to establish a connection, you will be asked for a username and password. Username is pi and password is raspberry. Once a connection is established you can then proceed to this tutorial https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-zero-creation/first-login

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by strej941 on Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:34 am

aphexx0407 wrote:That is correct. I have a bit of knowledge troubleshooting Windows based PC but I am totally new to raspberry with Raspbian OS. I also bought the same kit as yours and I thought it would just be plug and play, straight forward. But I was surprised when I got the package with the bare kit. Tried to plug it with a USB power supply and like what you mentioned the green LED just blinked with nothing on the small LCD screen. I know this one has a wireless connectivity but I know there is no way the Pi Zero WH would connect to my wifi without setting up involved. I went ahead and bought a mini HDMI to HDMI cable but silly me I didn't noticed Pi Zero only has 2 micro USB ports, and one is for power. So no luck for me in the beginning. Persuasion bore fruit, after a couple of cigarettes I figured out a way to get it to work.

The link provided above will allow you to setup your Mini AdBlock Pi Zero WH with headless installation, meaning you do not need to connect the Pi Zero WH to a monitor with keyboard and mouse. You can setup the device using another computer via SSH. All you need to get everything working are as follows:

- another computer connected to the internet
- a card reader to connect your microsd card into your computer (not needed if your PC has a card reader built-in)
- SD Card Formatter software which you can download and install for free
- Balena Etcher software which you can also download for free
- PuTTY software to SSH your PC with the Pi Zero WH
- latest Raspbian Buster Lite
- Bonjour Print Services for Windows 2.0.2, link http://support.apple.com/kb/DL999. That needs to be installed on your computer if you are running Windows OS

The microsd card that came with the package has NOOBS 2.8 pre-installed but I didn't got to use it as I did a headless setup. What I did was format the microsd card using the SD Card Formatter software then burned (copied) the Raspbian Buster Lite zip to the microsd card using Balena Etcher. Once that is done and the software verified a successful burn you will then have your microsd drive labelled as BOOT (or boot). Inside the microsd card are set of files needed to run the Raspbian OS.

Please note before inserting the microsd card back to the Pi Zero WH you will need to create a wpa_supplicant.conf file to get your Pi connected to your wi-fi network. I used Notepad++ to make one, if you can't or don't know how to make one I will give you a download link (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1kqzXwJXWD7avThWZ13SGPNiw1EH3LViC/view?usp=sharing) for the file, just use the Notepad++ (free to download) to edit the file with your SSID and wifi password--click only Save, not Save As. Refer to this link https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-zero-creation/text-file-editing for a step by step tutorial.

You also need to make blank SSH file, link to download is https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bh1hL10frpz9JSiXR5-y-zv6blTMWZdR/view?usp=sharing

Those two files are not available inside your microsd card by default so you will need to create them, I gave you some download links to make it easier for you. You also need to configure the config.txt file which will be discussed on the link above.

Once that is done you can then remove the microsd card from the computer and insert it in your Pi Zero WH. You can then proceed to power ON your Pi Zero WH, give it a couple of minutes to do its thing. In order to know if your Pi Zero WH is connected to your wifi or network you will need to go to your router's settings page. You need to check if it is listed as one of the device connected to your network, if it is connected make sure to remember the IP address that was assigned.

Then you can run PuTTY on your computer and SSH to your Pi Zero WH. Just put in the IP address of your Pi device to establish a connection, you will be asked for a username and password. Username is pi and password is raspberry. Once a connection is established you can then proceed to this tutorial https://learn.adafruit.com/raspberry-pi-zero-creation/first-login



Thank you for this! I looked over all the links sent but really couldn't figure this all out. I'm running to Walmart today to pick up a Micro SD Card adapter. I have a Macbook Pro I can use that has the SD Card Slot, is this setup very similar if I use a Macbook, or should I buy a memory card adapter too?

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Re: PiOLED Not working at all

by aphexx0407 on Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:16 pm

Most of the software needed has MacOS variant and if you read through the instructions stated on the links provided there are instructions to do the steps using a Mac PC. I did mine using Windows based PC and luckily I have a USB card reader just laying around. It is quite tricky to setup if you are a beginner (like me) but if you read carefully through the instructions it is fairly easy. Might take you an hour (I guess) to get everything up and running. Mine is working already and my network is ad-free (almost).

I am more than happy to help, if you are stuck at some point, and will reply the soonest as possible. I am also a newbie like you so pardon my level of expertise. ;)

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