Raspberry Pi Sense HAT not working

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Michael
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Here are some suggestions for troubleshooting the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT

Try these in the order written:

  • Update your Raspberry Pi - This will bring in the latest software for the Sense HAT. Open a Terminal window and type the commands below: 
    • sudo apt-get update
    • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Install the Sense HAT software - This may already be installed but to make sure, enter the following command in a terminal window:
    • sudo apt-get install sense-hat
  • Force the Sense overlay to load - Sometimes a quick configuration change is required to force the Sense HAT overlay to load, to allow the Pi to recognize the device. To do this, follow the steps below:
    • In a terminal window, enter sudo nano /boot/config.txt
    • Add the following line: dtoverlay=rpi-sense
    • Reboot your Raspberry Pi (you can use command sudo reboot)

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