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Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?
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Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:36 am

By "destroyed" I mean accidentally programmed to become permanently unprogrammable. How I think I did this was by corrupting the code that stays in the board when it's reset by double clicking the reset button.
My board isn't dead as it responds to plugging in and resetting by all the lights working and the CPLAYBOOT drive appearing in a window that opens.

If it's true that there's nothing I can do to make my board programmable again It's as good as destroyed.

Is there anything I can do to rescue it?

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by jerryn on Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:41 am

If CPLAYBOOT appears, then your board is probably working just fine. You will just need to reload the software to it.
What are you trying to do with it?

Is the board a Circuit Playground Express?
Do you want to use it with CircuitPython?

If so follow this guide:
https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-circuit-playground-express/circuitpython-quickstart

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:50 am

I managed to load the uf2 onto the board in the cplayboot drive but it did nothing. It didn't bother to change the drive name from cplayboot to that py drive or whatever it's called. I think a file called main.pi or code.py was supposed to appear in the board's drive window but it didn't. I tried clicking on the current uf2 but it gave a message saying something like it can't find software to run it.
What I am trying to do is install circuit python

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by adafruit_support_carter on Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:46 pm

The UF2 file isn't anything you can run locally on your PC. In terms of the specific UF2 file you should be using and dragging over to your CPLAYBOOT folder, it should be downloaded from here:
https://circuitpython.org/downloads
for your specific board.

What was the full name of the UF2 file you dragged to your CPLAYBOOT folder?

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:06 am

I have tried downloading from the link you gave me and I followed all the instructions. I am positive I selected the circuit python download but It downloaded makecode instead.
The makecode worked successfully when I ran a little test program on my board.

Why I wanted python was to make the board play wave files. I found it harder work trying to get it than earning the money to buy an Adafruit sound FX board and the job of soldering it to the playground : a bit like attaching a neopixel strip or fixing a sat nav mod to a flora. Then continuing with makecode.

PS. I will make another post about it on this forum.

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Mar 31, 2020 8:12 am

The name of the UF2 I tried to download is adafruit-circuitpyt....uf2

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:04 pm

The name of the UF2 I tried to download is adafruit-circuitpyt....uf2

Looks like some of the name got cut off. So not sure what the full filename is. Also not sure how Makecode could have showed up anywhere at all. The CircuitPython website only has CircuitPython firmware. Once you have the UF2 downloaded, general install instructions are here:
https://learn.adafruit.com/welcome-to-c ... cuitpython

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Mar 31, 2020 12:36 pm

I have just tried that but why the hell is it STILL sending me makecode though I followed every one of their instructions to install circuit python to the letter?

Can you give me a reason not to believe that site is just barming crazy and needs seeing to?

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue Mar 31, 2020 1:41 pm

Can you post a screen shot of what you are seeing? Like how/where Makecode is showing up?

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:05 pm

I can't master posting screenshots on this forum.

I can tell you that after dragging the uf2 file i downloaded from the site you gave me the link to, it appeared in my download files as this:

adafruit-circuitpython-circuitplayground....31/3/2020 microsoftmakeco....

I am positive the link I clicked at the site was to download circuit python not makecode.

When I dragged the link from the PCs download window and dropped it in the board's cplayboot drive a progress bar appeared indicating it was installing but when that disappeared nothing happened. The uf2 just sat listed in the cplayboot window. The drive didn't change it's name and no new files appeared such as code.py or main.py
It reminds me of when a parachute streams out behind but doesn't open.

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:11 pm

Correction on last post.

Where I said I dragged a LINK from the PC's downloads window I meant FILE.

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by adafruit_support_carter on Wed Apr 01, 2020 11:55 am

It looks like maybe you are somehow using the wrong UF2 file. It should not have any mention of Makecode.

For the Circuit Playground Express, the correct file name (for the current release version, in English) is:
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adafruit-circuitpython-circuitplayground_express-en_US-5.0.0.uf2


Here's a link:
https://downloads.circuitpython.org/bin ... -5.0.0.uf2

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by wavewasp on Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:02 pm

I've got it going in python thanks.

After all the internal speaker on the playground isn't very good.

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by rbladd on Mon May 04, 2020 6:45 pm

My Circuit Playground Express shows CPLAYBOOT momentarily after attempting to copy the bootloader file. Have followed the instructions about deleting and installing drivers for Windows 10. Is there a way to reset the Circuit Playground Express to factory version when it will not keep the port alive for more than a few seconds?

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Re: Could I have destroyed my board in a non physical way?

by adafruit_support_carter on Tue May 05, 2020 2:58 pm

@rbladd Please start a new thread for your issue.

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