My Unicorn Hat doesn't work! [SOLVED]

I’m creating a forum post pending a full, step-by-step tutorial for the Pimoroni Unicorn Hat. It’s a super nice piece of gear, but I know some people have encountered problems trying to get it working before.
I’ve had success with this method on the script running on both the Raspberry Pi 3 B and Pi Zero W.

I’ll be referring to steps from the Pimoroni Tutorial

  • Setting up Unicorn Hat - I’ve had problems running the installer before. The only fix I have for that now is to follow the installation guide on a fresh installation or Raspbian or Raspbian LITE. Using NOOBS is ok too.
  • Verify that Unicorn Hat is installed and working - Run example scripts from the terminal: Make sure you’re in the examples directory (usually /home/pi/Pimoroni/unicornhat/examples), and execute sudo python Running without sudo throws a permissions error and running from the Python interface doesn’t produce a result.
  • Note that if only half your display lights up when running, you should edit the line that reads unicorn.set_layout(unicorn.AUTO) to read unicorn.set_layout(unicorn.HAT). I’ve found it unecessary to edit this line when running a Rasbpian after installing it with NOOBS. Installations of bare Raspbian by flashing the image to the SD card directly required the line-modification.