No sound on Picade, faulty soldering suspected on Picade PCB


#1

Hello team

I think I am cursed with building my new Picade.

After a faulty screen which was kindly replaced by a brand new one and is working perfectly well now - thanks Pimoroni for your efficient help on this - I have some serious sound issues with the internal speakers.

If I plug the Raspberry Pi to headphones, sound is OK, same if I connect the Pi directly yo TV using HDMI, sound is perfectly OK.

Sound is set to ‘auto’ by the way in the config panel.

Sound is also ‘acceptable’ if I connect headphones to the dedicated headphone jack of the Picade PCB, although the sound is far less crisp and loud compared to the Pi, but still I can at least hear some sound from it.

However if I connect the Picade speakers to the Pi through the PCB, as instructed in the manual, then I get no sound at all. I have noticed that the sound jack connector on the Picade PCB is slightly loose and if I slightly press it down with my finger with the audio cord connected, then the Picade screen suddenly turns black, I get some sound from the loaded game for a few seconds or so, then the screen comes back to life but no sound at all is heard from the speakers.

I have attached a couple of images from the Picade PCB.

Please help on this, I am starting to get desperate to get my Picade work.

Many thanks


#2

Right, yes, the audio in jack is barely attached at all! try to solder it back down on all anchor points… it’s quite a straightforward job, the pads are big and away from any delicate components.


#3

Thanks, I will try to solder it back down tomorrow but I doubt this will make a difference, as when I press and hold it down to its anchor points, no sound is played, but I will try this anyway and report back the outcome.


#4

The soldering did the trick and everything is working OK by now, thanks for your help on this!