“How I didn’t got my Magic Mirror working on a Raspberry Pi 0 (zero) w”
tl;dr: My findings are that latest MM doesn't work on ARM 6 (Pi 0/1).
Hi all, I’m a Pi noob and I wanted to use my RPi 0w to put the magic in my mirror. I followed this guide but despite everything ‘apparently’ working, I only ever got a blank screen.
- I followed this guide line by line (keeping same, out of date versions) I got warnings when installing MM but it installed however when Midori launched I only got a blank screen.
- I followed this guide using Jessie lite but the latest l6 node version. Blank screen.
- I tried on Stretch Lite with the latest l6 node… same problem. I even tried numerous browsers on Stretch as I read Midori had issues on Stretch. Blank screen.
- I tested all the above by launching Midori with Google and that worked each time, the blank screen was only with MM.
I used SebTota’s image (link p9) and also had issues connecting to the internet. After bit of investigation I realised for me this wasn’t a WiFi issue (as others reported) but a Gateway issue even though it was set correctly in /etc/dhcpcd.conf
For those struggling with internet access, and if you can ping the LAN but not the internet, try this:
$ route -n
If the Gateway entry is 0.0.0.0 you have the same issue I did, correct it with:
$ sudo route add default gw 10.0.0.1
*(change the IP to your own router IP) then you should be able to reach the outside world.
This worked!!! However… SebTota’s image is now old and as soon as I connected to the internet, MM complains it’s out of date. As soon as you update MM, I got the same blank screen issue.
After hours of investigating and trying and trying again, I can only surmise that the issue is with the latest MM build
and that it’s just not designed for ARM6 architecture. It does however work just fine on my PRi 3B+ so there is definitely not an issue with MM!! It’s just a shame I can’t use the ultra small 0w to drive the mirror.
I’m no expert and this could be just me but I just thought I might share my findings in case it helps anyone else.