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Troubleshooting help for Pro Stick on 3.7.1

Hey all, I’ve been running my Pi2 B+ and Pro Stick for a few years, with little issue or having to lay hands on it, until now. I recently began moving it more permanent installation, but had to disassemble the configuration to do so. Upon connecting it back together, I now have a total loss of targets on the Skyview Map.

I noticed that the LED on the Pro Stick is illuminated, but is cycles its intensity high/low at roughly one-level per second. The web page shows the “1090 Radio” in a yellow background, and when I hover over it reads “Connected to Mode S receiver, but no recent data seen”.

I’ve trolled and searched the forums enough to try the following, to include it’s result:
piaware:/tmp$ sudo piaware-status
PiAware master process (piaware) is running with pid 447.
PiAware ADS-B client (faup1090) is running with pid 545.
PiAware ADS-B UAT client (faup978) is not running.
PiAware mlat client (fa-mlat-client) is running with pid 793.
Local ADS-B receiver (dump1090-fa) is running with pid 445.

dump1090-fa (pid 445) is listening for connections on port 30005.
no program appears to be listening for connections on port 30978.
faup1090 is connected to the ADS-B receiver.
faup978 is NOT connected to the ADS-B UAT receiver.
piaware is connected to FlightAware.

got 'couldn't open socket: connection refused'
dump1090 is producing data on localhost:30005.

Your feeder ID is cfb120dc-8fbb-4880-9d86-bde9f7xxxxxx (from /var/cache/piaware/       feeder_id)

I then run the rtl_test and get:
pi@piaware:/tmp$ rtl_test
Found 1 device(s):
0: Realtek, RTL2838UFA, SN: 00000050

Using device 0: Generic RTL2832U OEM
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -1
rtlsdr_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4
No supported tuner found
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
Enabled direct sampling mode, input 1
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
Supported gain values (1): 0.0
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
WARNING: Failed to set sample rate.
rtlsdr_demod_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_demod_read_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4

Info: This tool will continuously read from the device, and report if
samples get lost. If you observe no further output, everything is fine.

Reading samples in async mode...
Failed to submit transfer 0!

Library error -5, exiting...
rtlsdr_write_reg failed with -4

Is there a good “Troubleshooting Guide” on this for beginners, as I’m terribly weak when it comes to Linux commands/use. It took me a couple of hours to load Putty, find the default login for piaware, and to come this far, so I am learning!

Any help appreciated

It’s a problem communicating with the dongle; this is bad hardware somewhere.

Possible causes in rough order of likelihood:

Bad power supply or power cabling
Bad dongle
Bad USB connection to the dongle (bad cable if you use one, or the dongle is badly seated)
Bad Pi

Well that’s disappointing. So I have a PS+ coming in next Friday, so we can see if its any of the first three in your list.

Thanks for responding.

PROBLEM SOLVED! My old, orange Flight Stick was cause, as my new Flight Stick Plus received today is up and running without issue.

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