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I have a bigfoot trail master board not working properly. When I turn it on it powers up the camera ok but its not doing the walk through mode and does nothing afterwards. If I turn the Sensitivity Adjustment Potentiometer it will snap a pic.

The camera will stay on for about 20 seconds and turn off without picking up movement for another pic. Should I try cleaning the motion sensor ? Or any other suggestions ?

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Is the board in a build when testing? What type of fresnel lens are you using? What camera are you paired with? Are you using fresh alkaline AAA's for board power? Even fresh outta the package, always check the voltage of your batteries.

 

Is the camera off and in picture taking mode when you turn on the BF board?

 

Any corrosion visible around the board?

 

Just a few thoughts I have, the more info you provide us, the better we can troubleshoot. :)

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Is the board in a build when testing? What type of fresnel lens are you using? What camera are you paired with? Are you using fresh alkaline AAA's for board power? Even fresh outta the package, always check the voltage of your batteries.

 

Is the camera off and in picture taking mode when you turn on the BF board?

 

Any corrosion visible around the board?

 

Just a few thoughts I have, the more info you provide us, the better we can troubleshoot. :)

 

Is the board in a build when testing?- yes

What type of fresnel lens are you using?-HPWA

What camera are you paired with?-P-41

Are you using fresh alkaline AAA's for board power?-yes getting 4.45 volts

Is the camera off and in picture taking mode when you turn on the BF board?-yes

Any corrosion visible around the board?-No

 

This build worked last year and started out working a few days ago ok, then all in a sudden nothing. I'm playing with it now out of the case and you have to touch the pir for it to snap a pic.

 

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Try powering the board and camera down before you do any adjustments. With the board powered down turn the sensitivity to the center for a start, wait a bit then power it back up to see what it will do.. Make sure the cam is closed up for the test. Been a while since I troubleshooted one.

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Ok. I just put the Sensitivity Adjustment Potentiometer in the center and now its working. Maybe its an intermittent problem ? Should I try anything else ? Thanks for the help so far.

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With the Sensitivity Adjustment Potentiometer set in the center the cam will not go off until I am within about 7 or 8 feet from it, and waving my hand in front of

the cam from the side isn't enough to set it off. Does that seem like the pir is weak?

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Do you have the foam inside the HPWA?

 

Also take a small screwdriver and wiggle the sensitivity POT back and forth several times. Do it gently and it may work some corrosion out from underneath. I run all my BF boards with the notch at about 1:30 position.

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Do you have the foam inside the HPWA?-No foam

I tried the cam with the sensitivity pot at different settings and it seems like no change. Probably more like 6 feet to get a pic to snap. So I just wiggled the screw back and forth and turned it from high to low gently a few times and it seems a little better, going off at about 10 feet now. Any other suggestions ? maybe play with the setting a little more?

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