Starting Day 2 troubleshooting this error. Code used to work on a previous rasp pi 4B but doesn't on a new one so I'm assuming I'm missing some breaking change.


Using import RPi.GPIO as GPIO I run some basic setup:

GPIO.setup(pin_motor_1_a, GPIO.OUT)
GPIO.setup(pin_motor_1_b, GPIO.OUT)
motor_1_f = GPIO

which runs. When I get to any code that uses the GPIO object it says i'm missing that attribute so:



AttributeError: module 'RPi.GPIO' has no attribute 'start'

If I remove the start call I get further down my code and just have the same error on other things like:



AttributeError: module 'RPi.GPIO' has no attribute 'ChangeDutyCycle'

I've wiped my SD card several with Raspberry Pi OS Lite times and went through the python3 / pip3 setup and can't get past this error. This is my entire setup on first boot:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt update -y
sudo apt dist-upgrade -y
sudo apt install git -y
sudo apt install python3-pip -y
sudo apt install python3-venv -y
sudo apt install python3-dev -y
sudo apt-get install libgpiod2 -y
sudo apt-get install wiringpi -y
sudo apt-get install -y python-smbus -y
sudo apt-get install -y i2c-tools -y
sudo apt-get install raspi-config -y
sudo apt-get install rpi.gpio -y
sudo apt-get install python-setuptools -y
pip3 install --upgrade setuptools
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-rplidar
pip3 install pygame
pip3 install --upgrade setuptools
pip3 install --upgrade adafruit-python-shell
pip3 install --upgrade adafruit-circuitpython-dotstar adafruit-circuitpython-motor adafruit-circuitpython-bmp280
pip3 install adafruit-circuitpython-hcsr04
pip3 install adafruit-blinka

What am I missing? - thanks!

1 Answer 1


Those functions are part of GPIO.PWM.

Instead of motor_1_f = GPIO try motor_1_f = GPIO.PWM(channel, frequency)

  • The reason this code worked before is because that's how it was before - I don't know why I changed it :facepalm:
    – bsautner
    May 11, 2022 at 13:41

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