I'm trying to print the information, which is received from the other ESP32 by CAN transceiver, on an OLED. The CAN bus is working perfectly, as the 'HELLO WORLD' is already be received. But I can't print the received 'HELLO WORLD' on OLED (also the OLED is work). The code shows below,

#include <CAN.h>
#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_GFX.h>
#include <Adafruit_SSD1306.h>

#define SCREEN_WIDTH 128 // OLED display width, in pixels
#define SCREEN_HEIGHT 32 // OLED display height, in pixels

Adafruit_SSD1306 display(SCREEN_WIDTH, SCREEN_HEIGHT, &Wire, -1);

void setup() {
  while (!Serial);

  if (!display.begin(SSD1306_SWITCHCAPVCC, 0x3C)) {
    Serial.println(F("SSD1306 allocation failed"));
    for (;;);

  Serial.println("CAN Receiver");
  CAN.setPins(16, 17);
  // start the CAN bus at 500 kbps
  if (!CAN.begin(500E3)) {
    Serial.println("Starting CAN failed!");
    while (1);

void loop() {
  // try to parse packet
  int packetSize = CAN.parsePacket();

  if (packetSize) {
    // received a packet
    Serial.print("Received ");

    if (CAN.packetExtended()) {
      Serial.print("extended ");

    if (CAN.packetRtr()) {
      // Remote transmission request, packet contains no data
      Serial.print("RTR ");

    Serial.print("packet with id 0x");
    Serial.print(CAN.packetId(), HEX);

    if (CAN.packetRtr()) {
      Serial.print(" and requested length ");
    } else {
      Serial.print(" and length ");

      // only print packet data for non-RTR packets
      while (CAN.available()) {




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    Just guessing but looks to me like you read the CAN message and print it character by character to the Serial console but you don't save those characters in a buffer as you get them from CAN.read(). So when you then try to display.print((char)CAN.read()); at that point there are no more characters to available for the CAN.read() to read so nothing is printed by the display.print(). I'm just guessing though. – Richard Chambers Feb 27 at 2:09

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