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NanoPI NEO Uarts Showing Garbage

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I have NaoPI Neo, just opened it out of the box yesterday and was testing the uarts.

I'm hooked to pins 6 (gnd), 8 (tx) and 10 (rx), running to my PC's pin's 2/3/5 (9-pin serial port).

My serial port is setup as:

# root@NovusOne:~# stty -F /dev/ttyS1
speed 9600 baud; line = 0;

I'm running Putty on my computer, serial port is set to 9600/8/N/1.

On the Nano, I do a simple:

# cat /dev/ttyS1

Which dumps out whatever shows up at the com port. On the Putty, I dump a small text file (I'm lazy). I get garbage.

# cat /dev/ttyS1

It's consistent at any baud rate with any bit/parity setting. I was unable to get ttyS0 to work at all [no response]. Device Tree file has been untouched. An interesting effect is I get the same pattern of garbage if I continue to repeat the paste operation. So, that tells me it's some kind of configuration.

Anyone have any idea what is going on?! Is my nanopi broke?


I ran minicom on the port instead of doing a "cat /dev/ttyS2". Minicom is spewing out garbage as well. I played with all the parity and stop bit settings.. no luck. I even checked my cable for continuity and connections... all is fine.

Anyone have any clues?
And the baud rate? Try 115200
Okay, from what I can tell the Nano is bit flipping every bit. All 1's are turned to 0 and vise versa. Is there some kind of Linux setting to do this? (I've never heard of it)
Had to Google <serial port inverted> seems a few people have had this issue.

However, I went back and re-read your original post ... specifically about how you are wiring these two units. As far as I am aware a DB9 connector on a PC is a real RS-232 item, ie voltage levels like +/-15 Volts and you can not just wire them up to a UART running probably 3V.

So, do you have something between thee two units to provide a proper voltage interface?
Maybe, this sheds light on the potential problem space.
bwilcutt wrote:
I'm hooked to pins 6 (gnd), 8 (tx) and 10 (rx), running to my PC's pin's 2/3/5 (9-pin serial port).
Anyone have any idea what is going on?! Is my nanopi broke?

For DB9 to the NanoPi serial Port you need a TTL-Levelshifter and 115.200 Baud


Thanks for the heads up! I didn't realize I need a voltage leveler. Is there any place I can readily pick up one?
FriendlyArm's PSU-ONECOM

Good chance your NEO's UART has been damaged.
davef wrote:
FriendlyArm's PSU-ONECOM

http://www.friendlyarm.com/index.php?ro ... duct_id=89


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