Latte Panda Defective - No Lights

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Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:48 am


My Latte Panda 846s has been excellent as a headless Win X weather station for ~ 3 months. A few days ago it went off-line, and I discovered that it was powered down.

This has happened before now, and I thought it was due to a windows upgrade trying to do an auto restart, and perhaps failing. At that point I was able to press the powerbutton and get it to reboot correctly.

This time, the device has no activity lights showing up, and despite verifyig that the Latte Panda supplied power supply can charge batteries and phones etc, it does nothing for the board. Also, trying the only other usbC powersource I have (for a Raspberry Pi v4), it too does not power the Panda.

Both supplies do power the Raspberry Pi correctly.

The device was bought 4 months ago, and took about 6 weeks to get to the Falkland Islands.

I hope this can be resolved or replaced, 4 months at £100 per month (including shipping time) is not a good thing !



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Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:02 pm

USB-C has multiple setting options and is really complicated. Your method to troubleshoot is not the correct way.
My suggestion is

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Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:45 pm

Briefly Shorting out the two pins on the Connector labeled SW next to the Red LED on my Lattepanda Alpha brings it back to life.
Hope this works for you.

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Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:00 pm

Hello. I also had the no LEDs symptom, and I traced it back to a shorted to ground ceramic capacitor. Try to measure the resistance of the output and decoupling capacitors of the DC/DC converters. Anything less than 7 ohm will indicate an probable short circuit.

Don't forget that the capacitors for the CPU core voltage DC/DC converters have naturally very low resintance (10 to 7 ohm) due to the huge current demand of the CPU. Using a continuity checker might trigger the buzzer, and falsely lead you to believe to the presence of a short.

If you need any more help, be free to contact me.

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