Troubleshooting

Display does not work on initial power but does work after a reset.

The OLED driver circuit needs a small amount of time to be ready after initial power. If your code tries to write to the display too soon, it may not be ready. It will work on reset since that typically does not cycle power. If you are having this issue, try adding a small amount of delay before trying to write to the OLED.

In Arduino, use delay() to add a few milliseconds before calling oled.begin(). Adjust the amount of delay as needed to see how little you can get away with for your specific setup.

Display is showing burn in on some pixels.

The display can have image burn in for any pixels left on over a long period of time - many days. Try to avoid having the display on constantly for that length of time.

This guide was first published on Jul 29, 2012. It was last updated on Jul 29, 2012. This page (Troubleshooting) was last updated on Oct 19, 2019.