I know that there are several threads here that discuss this issue, however none of the solutions have made any difference. Anyway, when I plug in my RPi Camera into my B board, I get this error:

mmal: No data received from sensor. Check all connections, 
including the Sunny one on the camera board

The red light on the camera stays on but will not take a picture. I've updated and upgraded everything. I've also reconnected the ends of the camera ribbon to ensure a proper connection but still nothing has changed. This is the same error I get in my B+ board which I also upgraded and updated.

I've tried disabling and then reenabling the RPi camera in the Raspi-Config, switching the pin used for 1-Wire to pin 18 (as seen here), and a few other methods.

Could it be just the ribbon, or is it the camera board itself? Or maybe there is a software workaround?

Let me know if you need anymore information!

  • Is your power supply good enough? Inadequate power causes all sorts of problems. The B+ has an undervoltage detector, the red power LED blinks off; if it stays on steadily then the power is ok.
    – tomnexus
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 5:50
  • Yeah, I just double checked it on both the B and the B+. Both use a 5.5v power supply from a charger. I still get that same error posted above.
    – M2com
    Commented Jun 26, 2015 at 23:41
  • Do any messages show up in dmesg after plugging it in?
    – Wilf
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 23:07
  • No, nothing but the message stated above.
    – M2com
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 23:19
  • Have you tried doing a basic electrical test of the ribbon cable? Continuity test each pin at each end to make sure there are no breaks. Many cheap/affordable multimeters include an audible continuity test that can make testing the cable relatively painless. Those cables tend to be pretty sturdy, but it's worth eliminating as a factor.
    – WineSoaked
    Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 3:15

3 Answers 3


The only fix for me was to purchase a new camera.

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    I had the same problem, also had to get a new camera. I suspect there is chance of some kind of electrostatic damage to the camera that is possible and the errors you specified are the symptoms.
    – Piotr Kula
    Commented Aug 30, 2015 at 19:08

The "Sunny" connection on the camera board is probably loose. It is the yellow-ish piece of PCB. Try pushing it into the camera board.

  • Unfortunately this didn't fix it. I pressed the Sunny connection in some more but nothing seemed to pop back into place. I still get the same mmal error though. I guess I might just have to bite the bullet and get a new camera. What's odd is that the camera LED is on whenever I submit the command in the terminal.
    – M2com
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 23:15

Same story. Try completely disconnecting the sunny one. Then reconnect. it fix for me.

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