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  1. For anyone following this thread, we have confirmed that these panels do indeed run fine on v2.65. As it turns out the plug packs I normally use were found to be putting out nearly 5.4v whcih these panels do not like. Using a power supply with voltage adjustment and tweaking down to 4.95v produced perfect results. So the moral of the story for me is to take more notice of firmware updates and be better at understanding exactly what the updates achieve!!
  2. OK, so I plugged everything back in, switched on the power, hit the reset button (the one on the back of the Discovery board) and whaddya know: So I guess I get to be the village idiot for a while..........
  3. @lucky1 - are you able to say whether these panels will work: They are from a different supplier, but I need to source some more panels right away so I'm searching around for some that I KNOW will work!
  4. I don't include the reset button on my shields, so I have no idea what it would do!
  5. I went all the way down to 4.6v and no dice, the display just goes blank - not a single pixel is illuminated. It stays like that all the way back up to 4.95v and then it just goes straight to the nightmare seen in my previous picture.
  6. @lucky1 I've made some progress, bust still got some way to go. After updating the firmware from v2.55 (which up to now has been great for all my panels) to v2.65, I am now getting this: Could voltage be the issue? The above is running a 5v 3A plug pack.
  7. Hi All, I know I don't post much but figured I should with this as it may have a wide impact. As we know there are a number of suppliers out there with these panels and recently a few people have been having problems with them due to the manufacturer using different components. Up until a few days ago I'd been very lucky with the supplier I get my panels from as I'd not even had so much as a dead pixel on ANY panel they've sold me for over 12 months. That all changed with this last batch I got late last week as NONE OF THEM WORK. I tried going from 5v down to 4.5v as others have needed to do with their panels recently but still nothing. So I go back to the supplier and they advise me they've changed to a different IC chip on the back of the panels. As per the attached pic, they now use FM6126A, whereas they were previously using ICN2028AP. Apparently the ICN2028AP has been "eliminated" and they are using the 6126 instead. To me it's more likely that they are simply cheaper! This new IC is not compatible for use with PIN2DMD!!!! It might be a good idea if one of the admins can make a sticky in the PIN2DMD section where we can post pics of the back of our panels and/or quote the IC model numbers so we can create a list of what works and what doesn't. My supplier is refusing a refund as he insists that there is nothing wrong with the product and he is not responsible for knowing how every customer plans on using it. He is, however, willing to make me a batch of panels with IC 2038S, which "according to his experience" should be suitable. I'd prefer to know for certain before forking out more money for more useless panels! I'd be grateful if others could look at the back of their panels and reply with the model number of their ICs so I can go back to my supplier knowing what chips will work. Cheers, Chris
  8. So are the settings saved on the Discovery board, or an SD-Card?
  9. Just to reiterate, the PIN2DMD units I make up are for use with VPin ONLY, so I'd prefer to avoid adding any non-essential components to the Shields. As a point of interest, if anything is altered via the onscreen menu then how are the settings saved? On the Discovery board? If so, then can I use a "fully featured" shield to access the onscreen menu and make changes, then once the settings are saved swap over to a "barebones" shield?
  10. Latest version of Sascha's Shield, however I only put the bare necessities on them as I am making PIN2DMDs to suit virtual pinball only. Looks like I'll stick to modding the cable to swap the wires over.
  11. Can't do that as my Shields don't have the button on them!!
  12. After watching your video I feel the need to give you some feedback, which I hope you don't take too harshly, but i don't know how else to put it. Just my opinion, but I don't think it's a great idea to take a swipe at people for "not ever praising" you in a video where you move the camera around excessively and ramble on at a thousand miles an hour in a generally incoherent manner. Having read (or more accurately, TRIED to read) many of your posts, I think the reason that nobody is replying or thanking you for your innovations and suggestions is that they have no idea WTF you are on about!!! You use very little grammar, if any, and when posting a new thread you tend to misuse the Subject line which is just confusing. If you have made the subject a bit more meaningful, such as "Simple solution to bleeding colours on RGB panels" and then given a full explanation in your post as to what you did to solve the problem then you'd probably find that a lot more people would not only read your post, but reply to it with some positive feedback!! Not everyone here (myself included) has an in depth understanding of electronics so although they may take a look at your threads, once again many of us have no idea what you're suggesting. You definitely have something to contribute, but for your own sake please just take a deep breath and think about the best way to present your contributions here!
  13. So if we end up with GRB panels "by mistake", there will be a config option to change it instead of needing a cable mod? That would be great - how far off is the next firmware release?
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