Getting started with BrickPi3

brickpi3

#1

Hi,

I’ve been looking around the forum posts, but and I see people have had the same problem as me, but none of the suggested solutions seem to work. I have a BrickPi3 with a RPi3, but I can’t seem to get it to work. I’ve tried the CINCH and Raspian for Robots images linked on your website. I can connect to the RPi no problem, but not the BrickPi3.

When I start Scratch I get the message:
“BrickPi Scratch: Scratch is either not opened or remote sensor connections aren’t enabled”

When I run the Test and Troubleshoot I get: “No SPI response”

I’m powering the BrickPi3 with the battery pack. The lights come on and it powers the RPi. I just can’t get the BrickPi to do anything. I’ve tried following similar examples that I’ve found on this forum, but nothing I’ve found has worked so far. Is there anything else I can try?

Thank you.


#2

Hi @rick.mccourt,

Can you tell us exactly what steps you have followed in a step-by-step manner? Even though you have followed all suggestions on the forum, this still doesn’t tell us in what state your system is found.

@Matt, I’m going to bring you in this one, just in case.

Thank you!


#3

Hi,

I started at https://www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi/brickpi3-getting-started-step-1-assembly/

I followed the “Download and use our software on your own SD Card”. On separate attempts, I tried Raspian for Robots by Dexter Industries (2018.06.27) and Dexter Industries CINCH (2018.01.29). I installed it on my own SD card using Etcher as described in the instructions. The install appeared to be successful and I am able to use VNC and see the desktop.

But, after that none of the steps work. When I start Scratch, I get the message: “BrickPi Scratch: Scratch is either not opened or remote sensor connections aren’t enabled”. And when I run the Test and Troubleshoot from the desktop I get “No SPI response”.

Does that help? If there are any other tests I can run to let you know more about my setup, please let me know.

Thank you!


#4

Hi @rick.mccourt,

Did you try running this command?

curl -kL dexterindustries.com/update_brickpi3 | bash

Preferably, do a reboot after this command finishes.

Thank you!


#5

Hi. Sorry for the late reply. I was out of town for a couple weeks.

I tried that command. It seemed to update without any problem. But now, when I start Scratch I don’t see the controller window running in the background and it still says “No Robot Found”.

Also, when I run the “Test and Troubleshoot” from the desktop, I still get “No SPI response”.


#6

What is the version number on the BrickPi3 board? It’s on the bottom of the PCB near the power switch. Can you share a few pictures of your setup, so we can see that the BrickPi3 is properly connected etc.?


#7

v3.2.3





#8

@rick.mccourt
thank you for the photos. Everything looks fine.

Since you can VNC into it, could you do the following?

Start a terminal window and type in the following:

ls /dev/spi*
followed by the enter key.

Please let us know what the system answers to that command,
Cleo