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Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith
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Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:16 pm

I had posted earlier in the year about old scoreboards I wanted to refurbish with modern coding and parts. kcl1s(keith) helped me. I am so grateful for his help. I am hoping he sees this and can answer a few questions for me. I have replaced 2 Scoreboards at this time. My other project vacuum forming is taking all my time. I need you advice if you would! Don which has one of the scoreboards brought t back to me. The neopixels are turning blue or orange. I am thinking they are bad or maybe shorted out a little. It seems they are easy to be damaged. Am I better off using regular white led lights and wire to a board for maybe they are less damaged in assembly/use? Can I use the same code? I doubt I could but I am not sure. Why I ask the smart ones on this stuff.
I could go repair all the ones of friends. but I am nervous they might do the same thing.

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by franklin97355 on Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:37 pm

Can you post a link to your project or the other posts you've made so we can see what has already been done?

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by kcl1s on Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:44 pm

Great to here from you Gary. I have some Neopixel projects I had my students do that have been running at out local public library continuously for 2 years with no problems. There s a Neopixel ring in the base of these nightlights. https://www.facebook.com/imagineeringclub/videos/389504378067443/

That said you could have a failure issue. Lets do some troubleshooting. Here are the steps I would take.
1. Check the voltage on the last pixel in the string on each side. It should be close to 5v.

2. Physically look at the pixels/wiring. Are they all bad? Are they bad on both sides? Do the bad ones start part way down the string? Do any of the pixels look burnt or have other damage. Any shorts or rubbing visible on the wiring? Post photos of the pixels in question.

3. If voltage is good and no physical sign of damage you can try reloading the code. (I don't think this is the problem but it will rule it out).

Here is a link to the original exchange https://forums.adafruit.com/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=147976

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Fri Nov 15, 2019 10:16 pm

Thanks for responding. If I can figure it out I have friends that want theirs working too. I will take photos and post for you. Thanks again.

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:12 pm

Here are the lights. Different colors and not white. I still wonder if it is a wiring issue. This was the first one done and I am thinking the easy attach wiring set up might be the issue.
Hope all is well!
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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:17 pm

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:18 pm

franklin
it was from earlier this year

CODE FOR SCOREBOARDS Attachment(s)
1 ... 456by GARYTD » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:31 pm in MAKECODE

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by kcl1s on Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:52 pm

Gary,
You may be right about the push on connectors. A little oxidation on the terminals could cause problems. Soldering is always the best connection.

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:43 am

I think I will solder all then see how it comes out. Thanks for the response. I will update you. Trying to finish my Shadow Trooper armor. Scoreboard hopefully next week.

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by kcl1s on Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:00 am

Did you ever check the voltage at the far end of the strips?

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Re: Shuffleboard scoreboard kcl1s helped me, keith

by GaryTD on Tue Jan 07, 2020 11:29 pm

Sorry I took so long. Been ultra busy. All voltage is good now. I changed my design and I am getting better at soldering :) I just did one board today and wired it up and no issues
at all. I think it is more of my soldering skills, lack of really. I just wish there was a already designed small base to set the neopixel into, then wire, so I could attach to the board easier and more efficiently too.
I will post a picture of what I am doing in a few minutes.
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