Blue Pill panels boot animation during startup.

Should my BPI product have an animation during startup ? 

Below is a table summarising the status of implementing the boot animations to various products:

Controller

Status

Comments

AIRFLY

RELEASED 


QUICKBAR 

RELEASED 


AIRFLYPROV2

On hold


AIRFLYPROV3

RELEASED 


BLUE PILL SERVER

RELEASED 


COLORFLYV3

RELEASED


FRAMESHOTUNO

RELEASED


HEIREPLAYV2

RELEASED


HEISIDECAR

RELEASED


INLINE10

RELEASED


INLINE22V2

RELEASED


LIVEFLY

RELEASED

Nkk version was added in v 0.1.7

MASTERKEYONEV2

RELEASED 2 Versions:
single and double bus

MINIFLY

RELEASED


MK48

RELEASED


MKA1

TO BE DONE


MKA2/PTZ VIEW

RELEASED


MKA3

TO BE DONE


MKA4 | Quickshot

RELEASED


MKT1A/B | 

T-Block R/L

RELEASED


PTZEXTREMEV2

RELEASED


PTZFLY

RELEASED


PTZPROV2

RELEASED


PTZWIZV2

RELEASED


RACKCONTROLDUO

RELEASED


RACKCONTROLUNO

RELEASED


RACKCTRLXK1

RELEASED


RACKCTRLXK2

RELEASED


RACKCTRLXK3

RELEASED


RACKFLYDUO

RELEASED


RACKFLYTRIO

RELEASED


RACKFLYUNO

RELEASED


RACKFUSIONLIVE

RELEASED

Nkk added in v0.2.9.

RACKPRO1

RELEASED


RACKPRO2

RELEASED


RACKPRO3

RELEASED


RCPPRO

RELEASED


RCPV2

RELEASED


WAVEBOARDV2

RELEASED


WAVEBOARD MINI

RELEASED


XC8S

RELEASED


XPOINT24

RELEASED

Had wrong file, fixed in v0.1.9

XPOINT48V2

RELEASED


FRAMESHOTPRO

RELEASED


REDIRON/

RC-SK5

RELEASED


My product is in the list, but I do not see any animation during startup?

There are various reasons for this to happen, eventually your controller tried to flash the special firmware to the chip and failed for some reason and as a result it saved a "failed attempt" flag and does not try to do it again as it would happen every time hardware-manager is restarted. 

There are 2 ways to try to recover the boot animations.
We will start with a simple one:

  1. Power the panel.
  2. Make sure your panel has "RELEASED" status in table above, update Reactor package to the latest version.
  3. Also please make sure panel has latest operating system version as well as hardware-manager package.
  4. Find out panels IP address and in your browser go to x.x.x.x/tools. (Substitute x with IP of your Panel)
  5. Make sure you see "HW Bootscreen Repair" section. Check the status field.image.png
Status Boot Animation at Startup  Comments
OK YES Everything is good, no need to do anything
OK NO Click on "Reset Hardware Boot Animation Update" and restart hardware-manager when asked
Failed to update NO Click on "Reset Hardware Boot Animation Update" and restart hardware-manager when asked
Unknown YES/NO This means your panel or specific version of your panel does not have a Bootscreen animation firmware available.

  1. If one has clicked "Reset Hardware Boot Animation Update" after restarting hardware manager one should see "Wait Please!" message on all of the screens of the panel! It is crucial not to interfere or power cycle the panel at this stage, as it can "brick" the chip being flashed without the possibility to recover. Once flashing the chip is done one will see a "short"(5 sec) animation and controller will switch to its normal operation. 
  2. Try to power cycle your panel - the boot animation should be running the first ~30 seconds while main operating system is booting.

Another "walk-around" solution would be the following (might be the way to if your panel does not have Reactor due to Licensing constrains):

  1. Make sure your panel has internet access.
  2. Panel should have the latest Operating system version or at least V1.1 . So please check the version you have and update if needed. (Also backup your Reactor projects, as we will perform full file system erase further.)
  3. Enable the Advanced Mode.
  4. Once Advanced Mode is enabled you should see that "Reset" button appeared.
  5. Press and hold "Shift" button on your keyboard and click "Reset" button with the mouse.
  6. Check that you triggered the "HARD System Reset" and Confirm if you wish to proceed.
  7. In approximately 30-40 seconds panel should restart and one should see "Wait Please!" message on all of the screens of the panel! It is crucial not to interfere or power cycle the panel at this stage, as it can "brick" the chip being flashed without the possibility to recover. Once flashing the chip is done you will see a "short"(5 sec) animation and controller will switch to its normal operation. 
  8. Try to power cycle your panel - the boot animation should be running the first ~30 seconds while main operating system is booting.

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Revision #4
Created 22 November 2023 10:16:58 by Arturas
Updated 19 February 2024 10:38:41 by Arturas