I almost did that. Fortunately I realized it was a PATA cable before I plugged it in.mahjongg wrote:Actually no! If its an old PATA cable it can cause big troubles, they look like 40 pole flat cables but actually they carry 80 wires, more info here viewtopic.php?p=665572#p665572As long as it is a ribbon cable, it should work.
using one may blow up your PI!
You have to make sure pin 1 on the GPIO is connected to pin 1 on the sense hat. The red strip isn't the only thing to go by either. I bet yours is reversed. Pin 1 is going to Pin 2 and Pin 2 to Pin 1, etc. I "think it needs to be plugged into the sense hat from the top? Checking the +5V and +3.3V voltages on the sense hat header with an volt meter should tell you.sparkie1 wrote:Hi
Does anyone have any advice on how to get the Sense HAT working with a GPIO extension cable? I bought an extension from Pimoroni, and a 40 pin male-male IDE header from eBay. The HAT works perfectly on my B+ when plugged straight in. Using the extension cable, only the green and red LEDs light up and the pi refuses to boot. Reversing the orientation of the cable leads to no LEDs and no boot, so I think I'm the right way around.
The only problem I can think of is that the IDE header pins are too short, and are not making a good contact with the HAT's contacts. Is this a possibility? If so, does anyone know where I can get a set of longer pins?