Good news/bad news story:
DRAWS hat appears to be OK, the Pi3B+ is a sick puppy. Silver lining:
discovered just how fast everything DRAWS seems to respond with a Pi4. That
may be the replacement board I pick. The 1GB versions have gotten fairly
See inline after your suggestions below:
* Keep a continuous eye on the temperature In a console window cd cd
n7nix/debug watch ./pitemp.sh
// never bothered with pitemp.sh - just used vcgencmd measure_temp to startwith & GPU temp
// kept rising, so removed the DRAWS board, let the Pi cool, booted vanillaRasbian Buster
// and the GPU temp headed toward 65C very quickly. Both GPU and CPU sinkswere very hot to touch so
// shut it down so not to waste time to create pitemp.sh on the sick Pi invanilla buster.
// AT this point I decided the Pi3B+ board was ailing and did not push it.* Using pitemp.sh note the temperature at boot & after 1/2 hour
// Skipped this as noted above* Removed the DRAWS hat, boot, note the temperature & after a 1/2 hour
// Skipped, see above* When you re-install DRAWS hat check for being off by one on the 40pin
// it is on all 40 pins correctly - that is one of my personal QC checks -burnt up my first pi making that error
* Power down RPi with DRAWS hat, let RPi cool down At cool power up is the
DRAWS hat working?
* just run alsa-show.sh and look for something reasonable.
// I did this and the symptoms were the same, nothing in alsa-show.shoutput and nothing
// from gpsmon other than it "could not find the device at localhost port2XXX" whatever.
* Do a close visual inspection of the DRAWS hat & RPi.
* Anything look charred?
// Nope! Just two very hot to touch processors - both have heat sinks onthem too! That may have
// been what prevented a total meltdown.* Feel the USB cable powering your RPi does it feel warm?
// Neither power cable configuration got warmMore things to try as you suggested.
The Pi did not seem to be acting sick by itself.symptoms with the Pi3B+
// THEN I subbed in a Pi4 (4GB) that I have been playing with and it firedright up. DRAWS came up and
// behaved normally for alsa-show and gpsmon including no lightning boltwhile running off the buck
// regulator on the DRAWS board.QUESTION:
// Is it OK to run a Pi4 off the DRAWS buck regulator? - I vaguely rememberdiscussion concluding it was.
It is suspicious to me that the RPi gives the low voltage symptom (lightning
bolt). Is it the power supply or is the DRAWS card loading the RPi voltage
The following is not a bad idea but I would confirm that there is not
something seriously fried on the DRAWS hat first.
If you think I can trust the Pi, I could always take a different powerSO: The Pi4 is good with the DRAWS but the Pi3 is the second I have
consigned to the junk bin. Something probably munged up the GPIO lines
needed by the sound and GPS subsystems - have no idea what and @ <$30 for a
replacement, it ain't worth fretting about. Solution found.