I'm trying to hook up 2 Adafruit Quad Alphanumeric displays to my Rasberry Pi 3 B+.

From what I understand, all I need to do is hookup the displays in series to the SDA SCL outs, and the I2C chip is able to dynamically assign addresses to the devices I hookup.

No matter what I tried, when I hooked up my devices, and I run sudo i2cdetect -y 1 they would both be shown as assigned to address 0x70. If I hooked up the displays independently, they would both work, and be assigned address 0x70. But when I attached 2, they would both still be assigned 0x70. I was still able to send text commands to them either independently or both wired up, but they would both show the same text.

Is there a way to debug the I2C chip on the RaspberryPi to confirm it is working correctly?

I have tried reinstalling the OS twice.

I’ve attached a diagram of how I have wired up my displays in case I got it wrong somehow.

Diagram of 2 Adafruit Quad Alhpanumeric Displays in Series Connected To Raspberry Pi.

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    look for the address selection solder points A0 A1 and A2 - look at about page 61 in the adafruit PDF for these things Jan 21, 2019 at 2:44

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The Pi does NOT assign addresses. They are set by the device.

Some devices have configurable addresses.

  • Thanks for the clarification. Will do some digging and try answer my own question. Jan 21, 2019 at 1:59

If you want to have two different addresses you need to configure them with jumpers :

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