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I just completed assembly of the Anet A8 and powered it up.

Powering up shows white blocks on LED and a series of clicking noise for about three seconds with flashing red LED. During power-up, the following happens:

  • The side heat sink fans start (Blower fan remains off)
  • LED comes up with all white blocks and buttons do nothing
  • No motor moves in any way
  • Motherboard show not light except a three-flash-red-LEDnear the corner (fan connector)
  • Printer remains in the state
  • Reset button only repeats the clicking sound + red flashing LED

Video: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mxNNeK5o13a9C6TC8

The display of the Anet A8 now shows white blocks.

Any hints as to what could be wrong?

Update 1: The clicking sound is actually the blower powering up and then going off immediately after.

Update 2: I just did a blind flash to Marlin 1.18 and the firmware deployed successfully. Now, the boot sequence is almost 4 secs longer (previously, it was 3) and the clicking sound of the blower fan slowly spinning is replaced by a high spin-up of the blower. but after that, we are back to a dead printer with all whites.

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    $\begingroup$ Hi Hassan and welcome to SE.3D Printing! $\endgroup$ – 0scar Jul 27 '18 at 13:06
  • $\begingroup$ I bet that blinking red LED is an error code. Hope someone has the spec sheet for your motherboard. In the meantime, try the usual re-check that everything is connected to the correct port and properly seated. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Jul 27 '18 at 13:19
  • $\begingroup$ The white blocks sounds like Connecting (Anet A8) 2004 display to MKS GEN L. Are the connectors pushed home correctly? See also Anet A8 display on MKS Gen L board $\endgroup$ – Greenonline Jul 27 '18 at 16:57
  • $\begingroup$ I can't play the video, "This video format is unsupported" apparently... Using Opera $\endgroup$ – Greenonline Jul 27 '18 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ @Greenonline It works fine in Chrome. As D1 never blinks he has a DOA board, this has happened so many times that GearBest put instructions on their site. I think I'm just lucky with my Anet A8. $\endgroup$ – 0scar Jul 27 '18 at 18:38
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This is a known and documented problem of this printer. I'm afraid your printer board is dead.

If you have white squares on the display like this picture: enter image description here

You need to check Anet A8's mainboard - click reset button and check the D1 indicator: enter image description here

  • If D1 lights on for a second then went out and the screen is full of white square, try to reconnect screen wire for several times. When it's well connected, click the reset button. If still not working, you need to replace a screen.

  • If the D1 indicator is always off and the screen is full of white square, you need to replace a mainboard.

From the video you posted it can be seen that the D1 LED does not light up, it is off the whole time. Hence the main board is dead.

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    $\begingroup$ D1 light never blinks. $\endgroup$ – Hassan Gulzar Jul 27 '18 at 14:04
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    $\begingroup$ @HassanGulzar I concluded that from your video, that was a great addition. You should ask for a refund, or ask for a new printer board. Please vote and accept the answer, we are in Beta and trying to reduce the unanswered question list, thanks. $\endgroup$ – 0scar Jul 27 '18 at 17:34

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