Beside the Run-DMD, here's what you need to get started. Got any questions? Please drop us a line at: email@example.com for more information!
1. To display some awesome animation, you will need two DMD displays.
Single Color DMD: http://goo.gl/RMPu8x
Dual Color DMD: http://goo.gl/9b0ARY
2. To power things up, you'll need a PSU.
For single color, you'll need an 8A PSU: http://goo.gl/2S3KMk
For dual color, you'll need a 10A PSU: http://goo.gl/1Gkh5r
3. The Run-DMD ships without any copyright protected animations. The image delivered will contain a Run-DMD.com logotype and the clock function.
4. Here's the mounting instruction. Things could have changed since Torbjörn (the Run-DMD constructor) made these, so please drop us a line if you have any doubts. Download the mounting instructions as a PDF file here!
PS. The Run-DMD also works perfect with a standard pinball DMD, like the XPin DMD. If you're going to use it with a standard pinball DMD, you could use a 5A PSU instead of 8 or 10: http://goo.gl/Tx46sq
Problem: Nothing or just two progressing pixel lines are displayed on the DMD
Solution: 1 - Make sure the Run-DMD LED is flashing steadily at once/sec, check power- and data connections between the Run-DMD and the DMD.
2 - Perform the select DMD type process. (While connecting the power hold down button 3, wait until a correct image is displayed then press button 4).
3 - Switch/replace the IDC data cable(s)
Problem: I am using HUB08 DMDs and one of them are not displaying anything or the wrong colors.
Solution: 1 - Switch/replace the IDC data cable(s)
Problem: The LED on the Run-DMD is not flashing steady once/sec, or currupted data/garbage is shown on the DMD
Solution: 1 - Verify that the SD-card is inserted correctly
2 - The data on the SD-card could be corrupt, rewrite the SD-card
3 - The SD-card you are using might not be compatible with Run-DMD, try the SD-card that came with the Run-DMD
Problem: Run-DMD restarts randomly
Solution: 1 - Make sure the power supply is securely connected to the Run-DMD without extensions.
2 - Check that the power supply can provide the peek current required by the DMD + 500mA:
Pinball LED DMD, min 3A
2 x HUB08 (12"x6") singel color, min 8A
2 x HUB08 (12"x6") dual color, min 10A (low/medium brightness)
3 - A corrupt SD-card could cause restarts, try rewriting the SD-card
Question: Does the Run-DMD work without the SD-card?
Answer: No, the SD-card is required since all settings/configuration is stored on it.
Question: Why are the buttons labeled differently on the pcb versions?
Answer: The buttons has the same function regardless of the pcb revision:
RevA/B = S1-S4
RevC/D/E = BTN1-BTN4
RevF = A-D
RevF2/3 = C,A,B,D
(The reason for the Rev2/3 button order C,A,B,D is to correspond with the optional RF remote control button layout)
Question: Can I use any SD-card with Run-DMD?
Answer: Currently only true "SD"-cards are supported, not SDHC/SDXC.
Run-DMD is will work with the SD-card it came with, other type of card may work may it is not guaranteed/supported.
Question: What DMDs are compatible with Run-DMD?
Answer: Run-DMD (from RevE) supports all of the 4 different signal types of single/dual color HUB08s (64x32 pixels, 1/16 scan) we have seen.
X-Pin pinball LED DMDs (XPinPinball.com) has been tested and works.
Stern LED DMD (520-5052-05) has been tested and works.
Stern LED DMD (520-5052-15) has been tested and works from firmware v2.22.
The Plasma DMDs we have tested has been working with Run-DMD, but a plasma DMD power supply is required.
If you have tested a specific DMD not listed above, please let us know! :-)
Question: What are the red/green/black "jumpers" on the Run-DMD board used for?
Answer: The red/green jumpers ("HUB08 COLOR") enables the red/green colors if using dual color HUB08 DMDs.
By default both red and green jumpers are installed and results in yellow/amber color, remove the red or green ("R"/"G") jumpers to change color.
The black jumper ("PU/PD") should normally be installed in the "PD" position, if amber settings works fine but flickering occurs in pure red or green setting, you should move the black jumper to the "PU" position.
Question: Can I upgrade the Run-DMD firmware myself?
Answer: Yes, if you have a PICKIT3 tool you can update the dsPIC33EP-type MCU on the Run-DMD.
Run-DMD boards RevA/B/F2/F3 has a "ICSP" connector that you can connect the PICKIT3 to. If you have another Run-DMD board revision you need to remove the MCU and place it in a separate dsPIC33 ICSP socket for upgrading, this socket is available in the run-dmd.com shop.
The firmware hex-files are available for download at run-dmd.com, please note the board revision and MCU type since they use different firmware hex-files!
If you have questions regarding how to use PICKIT3, please refer to the microchip.com website.
You can also order a new MCU with the latest firmware for your Run-DMD from the run-dmd.com webshop!Q: The remote control I have connected to a EXP-board only works consistently at very short distances.
A: Some types of DMD modules can transmit high frequency noise that can interfere and limit the range of the remote control (most common with some of the HUB08 DMD modules). To resolve this problems, try relocating the EXP-board so that the remote control sub-board stays as clear of the DMD modules as possible. You can also adjust the wire antenna to extend away from the DMD modules.
Q: The RF power control function (EXP ONE board) only works at very short distances.
A: Some types of DMD modules can transmit high frequency noise that can interfere and limit the range of the RF power control signal (most common with some of the HUB08 DMD modules). To resolve this problem, try relocating the EXP-board so that the RF transmitter sub-board stays as clear of the DMD modules as possible. You could also extend the 3-pin RF connection with an extension cable.
Q: Why is the displayed temperature reading too high?
A: Run-DMD comes as standard with an internal temperature sensor that reads the system core temperature, not intended for environment temperature readings. With an temperature aware expanstion board (like the EXP TEMP) both system environment temperature (close to the Run-DMD board) and surrounding temperature (1 meter probe) can be displayed.
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