SSD1306 I2C OLED doesnt' work

Hi all!
Hi all! I am having trouble configuring my daisy seed board to work with an OLED I2c ssd1306 display. I looked at the OLED seed example and changed the configuration part as follows, but I couldn’t print anything on the screen:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <string.h>
#include "daisy_seed.h"
#include "dev/oled_ssd130x.h"

using namespace daisy;

using MyOledDisplay = OledDisplay<SSD130xI2c128x64Driver>;

DaisySeed     hw;
MyOledDisplay display;

int main(void)
    uint8_t message_idx;

    /** Configure the Display */
    MyOledDisplay::Config disp_cfg;
    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_address               = 0x78;
    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.periph         = I2CHandle::Config::Peripheral::I2C_1;
    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.speed          = I2CHandle::Config::Speed::I2C_100KHZ;
    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.mode           = I2CHandle::Config::Mode::I2C_MASTER;
    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.pin_config.scl = {DSY_GPIOB, 8};    disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.pin_config.sda = {DSY_GPIOB, 9};
    /** And Initialize */
    message_idx = 0;
    char strbuff[128];
            case 0: sprintf(strbuff, "Testing. . ."); break;
            case 1: sprintf(strbuff, "Daisy. . ."); break;
            case 2: sprintf(strbuff, "1. . ."); break;
            case 3: sprintf(strbuff, "2. . ."); break;
            case 4: sprintf(strbuff, "3. . ."); break;
            default: break;
        message_idx = (message_idx + 1) % 5;
        display.SetCursor(0, 0);
        //display.DrawCircle(20, 20, 10, true);
        display.WriteString(strbuff, Font_11x18, false);

For the rest of the code, I left it unchanged. I also tried to change the speed to 400kHz and 1MHz but still couldn’t print anything. I also checked if the screen was broken but with an Arduino, it works perfectly.
Regarding connections:
-GND pin is connected to daisy DGND
-VCC to daisy 3V3 Digital
-SCL to daisy pin 12
-SDA to daisy pin 13
-Two 4k7 external resistors connect pin 12 and pin 13 to 3V3 Digital.
I also checked with DSO the SDA and SCL lines and I can clearly see activity there.
Do you have any idea? Thank you a lot to anyone who will answer me!


I finally found the solution. I will write it here to avoid other people to experience the same situation.
The problem was that I was changing I2C_address to “0x78”, instead of leaving the default value of “0x3C”. I did that because 0x78 is the address written behind my OLED screen. I can’t understand why, but leaving the address to default 0x3C works fine.


Just found this and it’s really helped me out, cheers!

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Hey! I’ve been looking to add an OLED screen to my Daisy Seed and found this post. I can’t find much documentation on how to do this and I’m somewhat newish to all this so I was wondering if you could help point me in the right direction. There’s a lot already here that’s really helpful but is there some documentation for all of this that you could direct me to? Thanks!

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Hi @sknight. There is an “OLED” example for the seed platform. As far as I understood, you have to change the line using MyOledDisplay = OledDisplay<SSD130x4WireSpi128x64Driver>; by putting the type of display you are using (SPI/I2C and pixel format). You can see the options in the “oled_display.h” file. Then, you have to change the lines disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.pin_config.dc = hw.GetPin(9); disp_cfg.driver_config.transport_config.pin_config.reset = hw.GetPin(30); according to the pins you wish to use (pay attention that if you want to use I2C you have to configure different pins, not dc/reset, but scl/sda).
Hope I can help you :slight_smile: Let me know if you need further help!


Hope it is OK that I revive this old topic. I’m struggling trying to get a DfRobot OLED display (Monochrome 0.91”128x32 I2C OLED Display SKU:DFR0648) to work with my Daisy Seed using I2C.

VCC is connected to 3V3Digital, GND to AGND and DGND, SCL to physical pin 12 on the Daisy and SDA to physical pin 13.

When I run the code below, random pixels are lit and nothing changes when I try to output different messages in a loop as in the Seed OLED example. I have also tried adding 4k7 resistors from 12 and 13 to 3V3 though it from the Daisy Seed schematics appears that they are already there.

Am I missing something? Any help is much appreciated!

#include "daisy_seed.h"
#include "daisysp.h"
#include "dev/oled_ssd130x.h"

using namespace daisy;
using namespace daisysp;

DaisySeed hw;

OledDisplay<SSD130xI2c128x32Driver> display;

std::string my_string = "Hello";
const char *char_array = my_string.c_str();

int main(void) {


	/** OLED display configuration */
	OledDisplay<SSD130xI2c128x32Driver>::Config display_config;

	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_address = 0x3C;
	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.periph = I2CHandle::Config::Peripheral::I2C_1;
	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.speed  = I2CHandle::Config::Speed::I2C_100KHZ;
	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.mode = I2CHandle::Config::Mode::I2C_MASTER;
 	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.pin_config.scl = {DSY_GPIOB, 8};
	display_config.driver_config.transport_config.i2c_config.pin_config.sda = {DSY_GPIOB, 9};


	while(1) {
		display.SetCursor(0, 0);
		display.WriteString(char_array, Font_11x18, false);


Hi @tore,
honestly your code seems fine.
The only difference I can notice with respect to my code is that you are missing the display.Update() call.
Another thing you can try is to use directly a char buffer and including “string.h” as in the OLED example, instead of std::string.
Also, try to check if the cables you are using are not broken (sometimes it can happen :grin:)
Let me know if this solves your problem.

OMG. Adding display.Update() fixed it and I feel incredibly stupid. Thanks a lot Dox, for pointing this out! I’ll go hide in a corner now.

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BTW, if somebody else have the DfRobot 128x32 OLED and have trouble getting text written to 0,0 to align left, modifying the Update() method in oled_ssd130x.h as follows did the trick for me:

  void Update()
        uint8_t i;
        uint8_t high_column_addr;
            case 32: high_column_addr = 0x12; break;

            default: high_column_addr = 0x10; break;
        // Modified to get correct offset
        high_column_addr = 0x10;
        for(i = 0; i < (height / 8); i++)
            transport_.SendCommand(0xB0 + i);
            transport_.SendData(&buffer_[width * i], width);

And no, I don’t really know what I am doing, but after having spent a long time comparing the init commands to those of other libraries (U8g2), this post spi - Horizontal offset with generic SSD1306 OLED display - Electrical Engineering Stack Exchange got me tinkering with the Update() method and it seems to work perfectly.

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