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Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes
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Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by DarkAcid on Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:21 pm

I ordered my board a few months ago and finally got to use it with the GPi Case from RetroFlag. I am using a 16GB Sandisk Ultra 10 SD card. When I'm in the RetroPie main menu it will randomly freeze to the point where I have to pull the power or take a battery out. I've reinstalled RetroPie and the underlying software without any luck. I will still get random freezes. Any ideas?

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by adafruit_support_carter on Fri Jun 14, 2019 5:34 pm

Not sure. Could be many things. What are you using for a power supply?

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by DarkAcid on Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:12 pm

The GPi Case uses three AA batteries or I can plug it in. Even if I have it plugged into a source it will randomly freeze.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by DarkAcid on Mon Jun 17, 2019 9:21 am

Purchased a new board yesterday and did a swap. Noticed the one freezing had 2016 stamped on it while the one I swapped out was assembled in 2017. So far so good.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:38 am

Try using wall power instead of batteries for testing. Also, switch to using latest Raspbian Lite:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads/raspbian/
and install to SD card with Etcher:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... /README.md
and see if you can similar freeze ups.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by DarkAcid on Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:36 pm

I’ll write it up as a bad board. Others running similar setups have switched the board out and have not had issues. I’m running a new Pi Zero W with RetroPie and have not experienced freeze ups. Even using wall power previously it would freeze.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:38 pm

Are you testing it outside of the GPi case and powering it directly via the USB connector?

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by DarkAcid on Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:58 pm

Yes I tried that and got the same results.

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Re: Raspberry Pi Zero W Freezes

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:01 pm

And you are experiencing freeze ups running stock Raspbian Lite?

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