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todd.c...@gmail.com

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Sep 4, 2019, 7:02:33 PM9/4/19
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So I have had nothing but trouble with my two BBBls. I attempted every walk through I could find on both of them, every time I would get stuck at a different point before I could ever get to installing ardupilot software. I finally got fed up with them, bought a Pixhack, combined it with a I.MX6 scavenged from a 3DR Solo, and went on about my business. Due to a recent operator error induced gravitational field incident, the pixhack seems to have developed dementia as it no longer oriented as to place time or self. Therefore, I have recently found it necessary to bring the BBBls out of storage and give them a second chance. 


Here is the problem: both of these little beauties seem to have called it quits. When I connect them to a computer, any computer (I've tried Win7, Win10, and Ubuntu 18.something) with any usb cable sometimes the computer will acknowledge that a device was connected, sometimes it won't. On windows, when it realizes that a device is there, it tells me that I need to format the SD card, as if that was the only thing I connected, Linux machines will let me view the files but that's it. I no longer have the "Out the box" files that came on the BBBls that used to be there, the ones with the little picture of the dog and the "getting started" stuff. Where'd they go? Can I re-download the factory software somewhere? or is there a Factory reset option?    


The pictures below are included to show the lights that stay on on each one. 

#1 G,R,75, and the one by the 12v input light up immediately when power is applied, with or without an SD card, and 0-3 light up sequentially after about 5 seconds without a card, a little slower with one. 

#2 goes through the same process, but eventually all lights cut off except the one by the 12v plug and led zero goes into a double blink, pause pattern; with or without a card. 

BBBLues1.jpg


BBBLues2.jpg

When I say "card", I mean one flashed with "bone-debian-9.5-iot-armhf-2018-10-07-4gb.img.xz"

I have installed BONE_64 on my PCs

Mala Dies

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Oct 12, 2019, 8:00:10 PM10/12/19
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Hello,

I have a BBBlue. It works w/ ArduPilot. I am thinking that you might just need a new image. Have you tried to use a newer image yet?

Seth

P.S. ArduPilot is fun to use. You can make drones, bots, and submarines! Let me know if you are having trouble any further w/ the image update. Oh and I think that you should update kernel and image to the beagleboard.org/latest-images images. They worked for me thus far. Oh and there is a nice ArduPilot imfatant/test on github.com that may prove useful. 

Mala Dies

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Oct 12, 2019, 9:31:21 PM10/12/19
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Hello Again,

One last thing...

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You need to set up your kernel to rt. Real Time kernels are for real time workings, right. So, those guys or guy/lady, whomever, set up the github repo. in my last post, imfatant/test, and it should show a quick image to grab for use.

Seth

P.S. Um, if I hear from you, nice. If not, that is okay too. I will rummage around some more w/ ideas and quirks until I get this BBB land more familiarized. Yea boy!


On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 6:02:33 PM UTC-5, todd.c...@gmail.com wrote:

Jon Morss

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Oct 12, 2019, 10:41:33 PM10/12/19
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I have a BBBlue that experienced the same fate as your #1 except I get R11 that is dimly lit and no blinky LEDs after a bit.  Trying to reflash the eMMC or other image install has resolved the issue.


If you find a cure for the Zombie BBBlue, I would be interested in it.

Cheers,

Jon 

jonnymo

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Oct 12, 2019, 10:44:37 PM10/12/19
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Sorry, I meant:
Trying to reflash the eMMC or other image install has not resolved the issue.

Jon

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Mala Dies

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Oct 20, 2019, 7:10:18 PM10/20/19
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Hello,

Has this issue been resolved yet? I am asking b/c I had to update my eMMC bootloader once or twice in the BBBlue lifetime thus far. W/ newer kernels and images being pushed out, the bootloader needs an update too. 

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Do you know how to update your bootloader on the eMMC or would you like to erase what is on it?

Seth

P.S. If you are using the eMMC onboard the BBBlue and have run out of space, this may cause an issue also. If you need any further assistance, ask away. I will try to reply soon if I see something has been posted.
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Barry Bolton

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Mar 7, 2020, 1:14:17 AM3/7/20
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Hello Mala.

How do you connect a Radio Receiver to the BBblue? I am interested in using it as a Quadcopter flight controller.

Jason Kridner

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Mar 7, 2020, 11:36:15 AM3/7/20
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On Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 1:14 AM Barry Bolton <deane...@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello Mala.

How do you connect a Radio Receiver to the BBblue? I am interested in using it as a Quadcopter flight controller.

Start a new thread!!!

One way to connect a receiver: 


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Mala Dies

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Mar 8, 2020, 12:35:36 AM3/8/20
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Hello,

Just like Mr. Jason typed, you can try that link or try this one: https://github.com/imfatant/test.

Seth

P.S. I have a small tutorial that briefly goes into some workings of ArduCopter on the BBBlue at https://www.hackster.io/functt/this-drone-w-a-bbblue-and-ardupilot-arducopter-0ee27b. It is brief and pointing to that first link I posted. Enjoy. ArduPilot is a vast library w/ a ton of options for Receivers, Transmitters, and etc. I mean it. They have all sorts of source for all types of hardware.
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