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August 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm #23088
Is anybody having a problem with power glitches hanging the BBB board?
The only recovery is to manually cycle the power.
It’s an A6A board so the power mods are already incorporated.
SteveAugust 6, 2014 at 5:09 am #27756
Does the system freeze or is it just that you can’t access it over the network? In the latter case (and assuming you are using a WiFi dongle), it may be the WiFi dongle’s driver that’s causing the issue.August 6, 2014 at 8:50 am #27757
The failures were coincident with thunderstorms and dimming lights. The unit has been outside and difficult to instrument. It’s now inside, hooked up to a serial cable and am awaiting the next thunderstorm. Being SW Florida and this time of year, it shouldn’t be long.
Searching found lots of complaints about recovering from low line voltage. Some of the discussion involved hooking up a LiIon and LiPo battery to the charger that is already on the board. Others suggested that the problem was noise on the serial rx line during bootup that caused redboot to stop booting and wait for console input. I’ll post a followup when I know more.
I am using a wifi usb dongle and the RTL8192CU driver. The driver has been rock solid since I shut off aggregation. I still haven’t heard anything from the linux-wireless list.August 6, 2014 at 1:00 pm #27758
Some authoritive information:
Improper Power Down….All Revisions
We have been noticing a very small number of boards that are experiencing power issues, where the LED flashes and the board does not power up. We have been chasing this for a while now and due to the small number of boards that have the issue and the fact that the issue can also be caused by having things connected to IO pins not powered correctly, it has been hard to nail down. Our initial take was that it was a manufacturing issue on some boards, but we could never prove that. Based on the latest information we have gathered, this appears to be an instance where the PMIC does not power down the processor in the right order due to the violent removal of the power cables, either USB or DC. So, we are recommending that the power button be used to power off the board or by issuing the Halt command. After that you can remove the power cable. If everyone follows this process, we should see a decrease in these issues, but it will take a while for the results, either good or bad, to show up. This will also help prevent the contamination of the eMMC and the SD cards by allowing the kernel to shutdown properly before power is removed.
It’s going to be hard to follow these instructions with my system living in a Hunter outside enclosure.
I’m going to look more closely at the battery support on the BBB board.
SteveSeptember 5, 2014 at 6:56 pm #27759
you may check this https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/beagleboard/aXv6An1xfqI
i had similar problem and it looks like it is fixed for now (few days).
everytime i was on vacation, bbb freeze on second day of vacation 👿
it was very unstable and distrustful sprinkler system
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