I was outside minding my own business when my Spark V2 started beeping repeatedly about once a second. The screen was also flashing as if the Spark was rebooting at that frequency. I immediately unplugged the USB cable (from the Pi side). When I reconnected the USB power cable I got no response from the Spark; no beeps and the screen stayed blank. I tried a different USB cable on a laptop and still nothing. Last, I tried the 12V power supply from my Spark V3 and still nothing. The status LED is also blank, though there is a green LED inside the case that lights, which is the only sign that anything happens when power is applied.
This Spark has been running for years from the same RPi 3 and USB cable. For almost all that time it was running BrewPi software. However, on 22 Mar 2020, I upgraded to BrewBlox. The upgrade went smoothly as did setting up the Fermentation fridge profile. The Spark ran fine till today. I’m not sure if the upgrade is related (doesn’t seem like it would be), but sharing just in case.
If I purchase a new Photon, where can I find instructions to get it ready for BrewBlox?
Anything I can do to test the BrewPi Spark board?
When I connect 12V power (screen and photon not attached), green LEDs light solid at 5V and 12V.
Also … (prolly of no interest at this point, but)
Just noticed that on the Photon, when I connect USB power, there is an LED by the VIN pin that barely lights red then goes away, about 0.5 -1 sec.
The Photon board gets hot (to the touch) under the USB connector. Nothing else on the board gets hot (to the touch).
Just installed the new photon.
brewblox-ctl bootloader … failed (or did nothing).
brewblox-ctl flash … succeeded (even after a message that /dev/ttyACM0 wasn’t available)
brewblox-ctl wifi … completed successfully.
brewblox-ctl add-spark … completed successfully.
Everything looks fine in the Web UI !
Not sure why I got the error Error: No such file or directory, cannot open /dev/ttyACM0 for every command that accessed the Spark over USB (and then succeeded anyway).
I also updated code on my Spark 3 over USB and it didn’t display that message.
The Spark 2 is running the Fermentation Fridge again. Everything looks good in the Web UI but the Spark screen is blank. It was blank the whole time I set it up and I hoped that it was because there was nothing to draw. The display widget in the UI is set to display the heat and the cool pid widgets.
Just wanted to follow up here … and realized @Elco asked a question (sorry for the lack of response).
Yes, everything else is working fine!
Regarding the Spark V2 display, I still have the original (had gotten a replacement early on for a bad portion of the original screen). I re-installed the original screen and it shows the same, screen is lit and is all white (it lights up the garage at night). I assume this means it is not a hardware issue with the screen itself.
(EDIT - the original post wasn’t clear in that “blank screen” meant it had power and lit up all white, just nothing drawn there. I expect the display to show the two blocks for the standard fermentation fridge setup, “cool pid” and “heat pid”)
Any thoughts regarding troubleshooting are appreciated.
Otherwise, I can deal with the current state. I know this is an older product and with everything else working, it’s doing the most important part of it’s job. I’m glad that BrewBlox works on it and I can continue using it!
Two broken displays, or bad contacts at the terminals. The display IC is on the red board, so the photon is directly driving it. Check the SPI pins and their mating connector. Those are the pins labeled MISO, MOSI and CS in the middle. Not group of 4, those are for the sd card slot.
I flashed the latest firmware on the sparkV2 today and after rebooting, the screen now has 6 gray boxes. Still not showing the block content “cooling PID” and “heating PID”, but makes me think that physical connections are all okay.