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BBB & Octoscroller Something blew up

Started by BillyTRichVa, August 09, 2016, 07:08:09 AM

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I hooked up my BBB with octoscroller to my p10 matrix (5x3) and all appeared to be going well, ran it bridged through nutcracker and walked away from it. After a couple of hours, I checked on it and it was locked up. Turns out the BBB won't boot up when the octoscroller is attached. I tried it with and without the chip installed. When I installed everything, I powered the BBB through the USB and also powered the octoscroller as well.  The octoscroller was a kit and it looks ok solder-wise (I've built a lot of controller boards). What have I done?


Long time Falcon, FPP and xLights user


If you put that single active component in a socket, you could replace it. (mine are all soldered in and very, very hard to replace)

Other than a newly created short circuit path caused by debris, that is truly your only failure point since it worked before.

Having put one in backwards, I can vouch that it doesn't work that way and also about how hard to desolder without damaging the board.
Long time Falcon, FPP and xLights user


Fortunately the kit came with a chip socket. I figured if the ship got damaged, then removing should allow the BBB to boot up. I've ordered another octo, and some chips, and might order another BB. My concern was whether I could have caused a problem by powering both boards


Out of curiosity what chip is it? If it is a 74LVC245 rather than 74AC245 or 74HC245 then it might be presenting an excessive load as the LVC chips are not designed to run off the 5V that the octo uses.


I received my assembled octoscroller and all is working now. I will ohm out the entire board before I put another chip in it, then I will have a complete spare unit (or I can make another matrix)

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