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Thumby / Re: Thumby freezes/restarts loading games
« on: March 30, 2023, 10:06:43 AM »

Which games are freezing? Do they freeze before you're able to play, or do they freeze after you've played a round?

There is a library update you may need - when connecting your Thumby you should see a red Update button in the filesystem if this is the case.


Wow! Thanks for sharing the fix you came up with! I'm sure that will come up more often with newer network hardware.

That would be so difficult to debug secondhand, seriously thanks so much for sharing.


Thumby / Re: sega genesis VMU games
« on: March 27, 2023, 12:57:15 PM »
I don't think we've seen these yet, but you might be able to interest someone in making a similar game for Thumby in the official Discord server:

Better yet, you can get starting drawing some prototypes or building the game logic with the tutorials:
If you're new to programming, Blockly is a great place to start to learn the game-making concepts without needing to write code:

TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: JST Power
« on: March 08, 2023, 02:11:58 PM »
Yes, just make sure you're not supplying too much voltage. Most of our products are rated 3-5V. You can also power the TV using the Micro USB connector on the top of the screen board/housing.

We have the correct JST connectors stocked here:


Thumby / Re: Thumby unresponsive
« on: March 02, 2023, 10:45:56 AM »
Can you send us a message through the contact form here?:

If you include your shipping address and the color of your Thumby there, we'll be able to get you a replacement for the malfunctioning Thumby.

TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: Bundled Videos for TinyTV?
« on: March 01, 2023, 11:16:57 AM »
Some of the files, the Japanese videos, came from the creator of the first TinyTV that used our hardware, Yashusi Enari. You can read more about him under the 'Evolution of the TinyTV' in the Kickstarter description here:
That section is around 80% of the way down the page.

The rest of the videos (godzilla, bunny animation, Apollo, the blimp clip) are all public domain videos. I'm not sure that we have the original copies, but you should be able to find these video sources with an internet search.

Let me know if you have any other questions.


Thumby / Re: Thumby unresponsive
« on: February 28, 2023, 10:42:04 AM »

Are you able to connect the working Thumby to the Code IDE? Getting things operational with the working Thumby will help in duplicating it on the one appearing to have issues. This should help you determine how to connect and which cable to use. Also, please make sure you are using a chromium browser with the Code Editor.

Does the charging LED turn on when you plug both Thumbys in? There's a yellow LED by the charging port that will turn on when the battery is charging.

Let me know if that helps!


TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: Bundled Videos for TinyTV?
« on: February 27, 2023, 10:54:15 AM »

TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: Is my TinyScreen+ toast?
« on: February 27, 2023, 10:51:59 AM »
Hmm, if those lines aren't just an effect from taking a picture of the OLED, it could have been damaged during re-assembly. The glass screen can be cracked without visible sigs of wear or tear necessarily and that can lead to a distorted display like you are perhaps seeing.

Usually when a screen is cracked or damaged, it'll have a distorted/erring display for a while and then eventually go blank. The hardware on the board will still work, however, and you can use the board as a processor and button board even if the screen is failing. It may be worth a shot to try re-uploading the TV program just in case something initialized incorrectly.

Let me know how it goes!


User Projects / Code Examples / Re: Video Player Project
« on: February 21, 2023, 01:24:56 PM »

The SD slot position is as far into the center as is possible to keep the tan connector correctly placed.

There are unused pins, but I do not recommend soldering to the connectors as this will damage your ability to connect the boards to each other. Consider a prototyping shield instead:

The pins used by each board are referenced on the product page under the Tech Specs tab, you'll also find the schematics of the boards under the Downloads tab. Check out the product pages:
- TinyScreen+
- SD & Audio TinyShield:

Voltage is 3 - 5.5V, also noted under the Tech Specs.

There are some settings available to alter functionality:
Other than that, the source code is open and available for customization:
Videos are played in the order they are added to the SD Card. Pay attention to both the main file in the program folder Tiny-Video-Player.ino and videoPlayer.ino for more information on how they are played.
It sounds like you'll have to design something (maybe time-based?) around playing the video and then displaying your utility. The auto playing and looping functionality might help you out in the case that it makes sense to play the full video, and then display your utility. In that way you can "loop" the possible viewing options.


Thumby / Re: Thumby unresponsive
« on: February 21, 2023, 11:00:58 AM »

There was a minor screen change recently that called for a software update, so some screens may appear as "off" or non-working when they're in the lowest brightness setting. I recommend updating the software through the Code Editor to see if that solves the problem. Once you connect to the Code Editor, the prompts will guide you through how to update the device.

Code Editor:
Connection Instructions:

Let me know if that helps or if you are still experiencing issues.


TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: No Audio after assembly
« on: February 20, 2023, 11:36:13 AM »
Can you message us here on the contact from with your shipping address? We'll get you a replacement speaker and Audio Board to see if that will solve the problem.


TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: No Audio after assembly
« on: February 17, 2023, 11:00:44 AM »
Have you changed the channel? Not all of the TV videos have audio.

TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: No Audio after assembly
« on: February 15, 2023, 11:04:45 AM »
Are you able to see the videos? Have you looked through all of the pre-loaded videos?  If you can hear the static sound effect when changing videos, the speaker is working and there is a different issue.

If you are testing with videos that you have converted, please make sure you are using the correct converter:

If you have deleted the pre-loaded videos, this is one that has audio that you can put back on the SD Card:

Thumby / Re: UPLOAD button
« on: February 15, 2023, 10:58:16 AM »

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