Ooops, I bricked my PiAware


#1

Hi All,

I upgraded to the latest version of PIAware on my PI to try getting the mlat display. Since I can’t get enough, I went to build the latest version of the dump1090-Mutability.

All Was nice and cool, but I tried to get more… and in the last reconfigure I replace the 0 value for the BEASTV with 30004, since network access to the device is dead…

I guess I can climb in the Attic tomorrow and try hooking the device to a screen and keyboard. Would anyone in the mean time have an idea to unbrick this without reformatting the SD Card?

Regards


#2

You can’t SSH to it? Ping it? The whole network stack is gone?


#3

No Ping, and no SSH


#4

Ok, changing the power supply unbricked it :slight_smile:. It did not support the current heat wave…


#5

Pi likely won’t support the heat wave forever, either. Moving it to the other side of the ceiling and down in to the top of a closet or some other air conditioned space certainly isn’t a bad idea. No sense in leaving it in an insanely hot attic when a few extra feet on the feed line from the antenna won’t hurt much of anything. )

Matt


#6

Agreed, put it somewhere accessible where it won’t cook itself (or rather the dongle wont cook it)


#7

I have been wondering, since I installed it in the attic how hot itwould run, and if that would be a problem. Conclusion is that 1w of daily temps above 38°C and PI running between 70° and 78° all will be good, since in normal times, upper temps rarely go above 33°C.

Is there a thermal protection on the dongle ? I know there is one on the PI that will shut it around 85°C.

Regards,


#8

Don’t know of any thermal sensor/protection on the SDR dongle, and they run hot. I’ve reassembled dongles using thermal pads from Chomerics (therm-a-gap) to provide heat transfer; that’s worked at lowering operating temperatures.

bob k6rtm


#9

Take the covers off and put a fan nearby to provide airflow and you should be able to keep both maybe 10C above ambient.