So I pulled my 2 year old DJI Mini (original version) out of the hanger for the first flight of the season today. I updated everything recently, and was expecting a normal flight. Never trust in your expectations.
I powered up hopefully, and opened up the Android flight app. Immediately a notification screamed that the GPS not working. OK. No idea why, but before I spent too much time worrying about it, the drone decided that it needed to calibrate it’s compass.
‘Ahh…THAT must be it’. I figured that could fix the GPS issue, so I proceeded to calibrate…but calibration failed. Wait, what?
After a frustrating couple of tries, I noticed a recommendation to calibrate at 1.5 m height…so, took 3 steps down, off the deck and SUCCESS! Prepare for takeoff!
Everything powered on. GPS lock. Home point updated and map position verified…but where’s the camera image? It records, takes photos, gimbal moves up and down but just a black screen and blank screen videos and pics. WTF?!?
Powered down. Rebooted everything. Cleared the cache. Nothing. There aren’t any updates and resetting the camera defaults failed. Finally in desperation, I tried uninstalling the Android app and reinstalling. BINGO! Back in business.
After resetting safety settings and a quick pre-flight, check, I took off from the picnic table, and had a perfect flight after that. But for awhile there I was sure some mysterious hardware failure had occurred during its winter in storage, and was freaking out that my drone might be broken. Luckily it was just a software glitch.
Just goes to prove the Tech Support Credo: If rebooting doesn’t fix it, reinstalling it will.
Hope this helps some other pilots out there who might be in the same hell-bound boat. ~Jamie