Hyperpixel in Kali Linux


I tried to install my new hyperpixel panel on my raspberry 3 running kali linux today.
I used: curl https://get.pimoroni.com/hyperpixel | bash
got a error that i cannot have root access so i made a second account without superuser rights and tried again.
This time i got this error:

% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
100 38282 100 38282 0 0 7547 0 0:00:05 0:00:05 --:–:-- 8391

This script will install everything needed to use

Always be careful when running scripts and commands copied
from the internet. Ensure they are from a trusted source.

If you want to see what this script does before running it,
you should run: ‘curl https://get.pimoroni.com/hyperpixel

Your operating system is not supported, sorry!


As far as I know that installer is written for Raspbian. Thus the “your OS is not supported” message.


I just tried it in raspberian. There the install ran thru without errors. In the end it asked for a reboot typed y and i just got a black screen.

I had a monitor connected via hdmi to the pi at the same time so i disconnected it but it does not help. Also i tried to disconnect the screen and connect the hdmi again to the big monitor but i did not get a picture back.

I hit shift during boot to get into recovery and deleted the hyperpixel entrys from the config. Now i can see again but how do i get this to work?

Also is it normal that the backlight is constantly on before any drivers are installed?


I don’t personally own one, not yet anyway. I just know that Pimoroni’s installers are written for Raspbian. Just curious, did you use Jessie or Stretch? Did you have anything else connected to the GPIO?


Yes, the backlight has a pull-resistor on its control line so that it’s on by default.

Which version of Raspbian were you using? And which version of the Raspberry Pi?


My raspberry is a model 3 B.
First i had raspberian installed under noobs,
today i tried a clean install of raspberian from a image without noobs, i downloaded the image from the raspberian website (2017-11-29-raspbian-stretch.img) first i used sudo apt-get update, sudo apt-get upgrade and sudo apt-get dist-upgrade until nothing new came in. (Reboots in between) So i used the most recent version of raspberian.

Then i used the command: curl https://get.pimoroni.com/hyperpixel | bash
No errors came, i pressed y for reboot.

The display behaves the same as before with raspberian under noobs installed (no picture, backlicht on) the only difference is
without noobs installed i cannot even delete the hyperpixel entrys from my config to see anything again (with shift pressed in on boot nothing happens). But i can use my windows pc to edit the config on the sd card.

In case it matters here is the content of my config:

For more options and information see


Some settings may impact device functionality. See link above for details

uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default “safe” mode


uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible

and your display can output without overscan


uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console

goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border


uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display’s size minus



uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output


uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (this will force VGA)


uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in

DMT (computer monitor) modes


uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or

no display


uncomment for composite PAL


#uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default.

Uncomment some or all of these to enable the optional hardware interfaces


Uncomment this to enable the lirc-rpi module


Additional overlays and parameters are documented /boot/overlays/README

Enable audio (loads snd_bcm2835)


HyperPixel LCD Settings

hdmi_timings=800 0 50 20 50 480 1 3 2 3 0 0 0 60 0 32000000 6

Use a basic GPIO backlight driver with on/off support



How many Amps is your power supply rated for?


I have tried my 2.5 Amp power supply which came in the set with the pi (Vilros Adapter), and a 3 amp power supply i had (Rydges SpeedPower)


Ok, just confirming it was a good capacity to rule it out as an issue. The hyperpixel likely draws a fair bit of current.


I found the error. It was one of the pins, i mesured them all with a meter and one had no connection for whatever reason, visually it looked sound. I replaced it and now it works! Thank you!
I still hope to get it to work in Kali linux, but i am glad it is not broken.


It works in Kali Linux!! So happy!_


Waaah!? How did you have it connected to your Pi?


Just those Pins that are used, do not know the name, seems one was not connected. I cannot really imagine it had no connection, its is metal on metal.