Not my day!

Shutdown my piaware to put on an upgraded power supply.

Epic fail!

Now re-writing two SD cards.

Moral of the story. Just because it says 2 amp doesn’t mean it will work better than a 1.5 amp!


Are you sure it is not due to FlightAware servers being down?

I swapped 2 of my Pis this afternoon and couldn’t get either to connect to FlightAware. After a frustrating hour I checked the forum.

Here is the message I was getting

12/09/2015 16:56:59 got 'couldn't open socket: connection refused' to adept server at piaware.fligh$
12/09/2015 16:58:58 connecting to FlightAware
12/09/2015 16:58:59 got 'couldn't open socket: connection refused' to adept server at$
12/09/2015 17:00:19 connecting to FlightAware
12/09/2015 17:00:19 got 'couldn't open socket: connection refused' to adept server at$
12/09/2015 17:00:28 2869 msgs recv'd from dump1090 (760 in last 5m); 0 msgs sent to FlightAware

Edit} looks like we are back online 17:15 GMT
Well done guys :blush:

You could very well be right!

That would be an “unfortunate” coincidence! The servers go down and I reboot my pi with new power supply. Even worse I slated my supplier and told him the supply was carp!

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Thanks for the heads-up.


Let your supplier know of your error. They rarely hear ‘oops, sorry’ and usually makes their day better when they hear that or ‘thanks’. Both rarities.

It seems you came to conclusion “epic fail” by viewing your flightaware stats. Now this is a lesson for all of us: Dont make a conclusion based upon Flightaware stats page only, first check locally. Run “top” in commandline, and “http: ///dump1090/gmap.html” in your browser. Also check piaware log file “piaware.out”.

@ Joelwiley, Have done so.

@ABCD Thanks, shows a hole in my general knowledge of piaware and raspian.

I did know that mutability was running but didn’t correctly identify that piaware was too.

I didn’t know about, “top” thanks! I had to search to find out how to cancel it! :blush:

Had I not changed the power supply I would probably have noticed nothing!!!

Have a great weekend!


It is very simple. On your keyboard press key “q” :slight_smile:. The values in the “top” table will stop changing & the command prompt will appear below (or may be above) the table.