No joy…..

Well today, I plugged in my completed BIAS lighting system in, I had image on the TV so I knew the splitter was working just fine. However, I was getting nothing on the LEDS at all. I checked the voltage levels and had good voltage everywhere. Check continuity from the Arduino to the led light strip and there were no issues. I scratched my head and looked over my wiring again and determined I had the LED data plugged in to the wrong GPIO port on the Arduino. I changed it and viola we had one single light flashing white. The very first light in the chain flashed white nonstop while nothing else did anything.

I went over the settings checked everything several times…. and could not find anything wrong.. The only way to really test the Arduino is to plug directly into it from the computer, which is a bloody nightmare with how everything is setup. So this made me think, why do I need the Arduino anyway? I can control the lights from the raspberry pi, so that is what I will be doing trying to control it from the Pi, and see what we get. The only other thing I can possibly think of is that the Raspberry Pi, is not handling the digital signal input properly.

Upcoming Projects

As I sit and ponder what I want to do next, I have a few ideas in mind.

    1. 7″ touch screen interface for 3d printer
    1. Laser engraving printer
    1. Portable retropi arcade
    1. Portable Joystick for retropi
    1. A complete weather station based on a raspberry pi.

Maybe I should add an project planner on this site..

Who is Nitro7?

Nitro7 (n7) is a jack of all trades who enjoys the challenge of creating things, whether from wood, metal, or writing code. N7 has created all kinds of projects in his life and has decided to begin to share some of them with you. N7 has had a long history in the technology field primarily working as a UNIX administrator for a major ISP where he managed their DNS, Web, and Radius servers. He developed and oversaw a project that brought wireless to an entire county in the early 2000’s (Wireless was just coming on the scene).

N7 is an avid gamer and is mentioned twice in the urban dictionary (see below). A firefighter, search & rescue, chaplain and many more areas of training in the public service makes it easy to say that N7 can help you out in almost any situation.

N7 retired from the IT world in mid 2016, when he left to take a career path in social services. He currently works with youth that suffer from drug addictions as he works towards his Doctrine in social work with a focus on addictions and mental health.


  • Associates Degree in Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) (Magna Cum Laude)
  • More certifications than we can count

Urban Dictionary: Nitro7

Urban Dictionary: CaptFogg