Trifecta: Locked out, Smoke and Crack

14 Jul

Hello and thanks for stopping in for most likely the first time…. at least that is what my server logs say about my visitors. LOL

Any how, you know the saying always keep the smoke inside your electronics. Well playing around at midnight I accidently  plugged a 12v connection into my Parrallax 2×16 LCD screen. It requires 5v. Yes I am trying to place some form of display on my Flight computer. I gotta say, I was kinda surprised to see my wires melt down and turn orange as smoke was created by the Parrallax LCD display and wires. 

Now today as Murphy’s luck would have it.

While trying to disconnect the GPIO ribbon cable to the PI Cobbler that I am using. I accidentally pushed down on the SD Card and now my SD card no longer sits in my RPI. Needless to say this is where redundancy comes in. Also super glue for later on since the RPI is still useable.

Finally, also yesterday I managed to lock my self out of my RPI by disabling all getty references. All I can say yesterday was thank god for my back up that day. There was no way of logging into the RPI. So sad.

However out of the last tragedy came out something very good for you all.  I have now started to compile the exact steps to replicate my findings over here. I will post them up shortly in a different post.

RPIv1 R.I.P.

On a side note, I am really happy because I am about 80% done on my flight computer. Currently, I able to a) automatically capture images and b) GPS data c) convert data images/data to voice prompts and d) take all these voice messages and transmit. Today I will be building a dipole antenna from Steel Music wire


2 Responses to “Trifecta: Locked out, Smoke and Crack”

  1. Scott McAllister July 18, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Your Pi/Digital SSTV project sounds interesting. I’d like to put one together for use earthbound. I’m not as technically competent as you, so I love to utilize your results in building my own system

  2. Ed July 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm #


    Thanks for the post. I have a step by step guide that I’m working on currently. However just be warned the cheapest thing on this project is the Radpberry Pi as I have found out.

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