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MPU 6050 reads out zeroes always.

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I am trying to interface the MPU6050 with Cypress PSoC 5 LP097 and read out the values. However I find that the values I read out are always zeroes. I have been struggling on this issue for quite long and do not know how to proceed ahead. Any tips are appreciated.

Below is the code :

File : MPU6050.c 

           void Wakeup(void)
               writeBit(MPU6050_RA_PWR_MGMT, MPU6050_PWR1_SLEEP_BIT,0);

            void readbyte(uint8_t reg, uint8_t *data)
            bool readbytes(uint8_t reg, uint8_t len, uint8_t *data)
                int i = 0;   
                bool readSuccess = false;
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterSendStart(MPU6050_DEVICE_ADDRESS, I2C_WRITE_XFER_MODE));    
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterWriteByte(reg));               
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterSendRestart(MPU6050_DEVICE_ADDRESS, I2C_READ_XFER_MODE));
                while (i < (len-1) ) {
                    data[i++] = I2C_MasterReadByte(I2C_ACK_DATA);        
                data = I2C_MasterReadByte(I2C_NAK_DATA); 
                readSuccess = true;  
                UART_PutString("I2C read completed \n");   
                return readSuccess;   
            void writeBit(uint8_t reg, uint8_t num, uint8_t data)
               uint8 pwr_mgmt_reg = 0; 
               readbyte(reg,&pwr_mgmt_reg); // read the current value of pwr_mgmt_register
                UART_PutString("Pw mgmnt reg value = ");  
                UART_PutChar(pwr_mgmt_reg + CONVERT_TO_ASCII);
               pwr_mgmt_reg &= ~(1<<num); //set the sleep bit in the register
               // pwr_mgmt_reg &= 0x3F;
               writebyte(reg,pwr_mgmt_reg); //write back after setting the pin.
            void writebyte(uint8_t reg, uint8_t data)
                //uint8 i = 0;
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterSendStart(MPU6050_DEVICE_ADDRESS, I2C_WRITE_XFER_MODE)); //start sequence
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterWriteByte(reg)); //reach the reg address. 
                //I2C_MasterSendRestart(SLAVE_ADDR, 0x00);  
                while (I2C_MSTR_NO_ERROR == I2C_MasterWriteByte(data)); //write the data
                I2C_MasterSendStop(); //stop sequence
                UART_PutString("-----I2C write completed \n");      

            bool readGyroData(uint8_t* rBuffer, uint8_t length)
                 return readbytes(MPU6050_RA_ACCEL_XOUT_H, length,rBuffer);

 File main.c : 


        #include "MPU6050.h"
        #include "project.h"
        #include <stdio.h>
        #include <stdbool.h>

        #define BUFFER_SIZE 0x1F4u
        #define CONVERT_TO_ASCII 0x30

      #define MPU6050_DEVICE_ADDRESS   0x68u
      #define MPU6050_RA_ACCEL_XOUT_H  0x3Bu
      #define MPU6050_RA_PWR_MGMT    0x6Bu
      #define MPU6050_PWR1_SLEEP_BIT   0x06u


        /*MPU data read buffer*/
        uint8_t I2C_RBUFFER[BUFFER_SIZE];

        bool readGyroData(uint8_t* rBuffer, uint8_t length);

        int main(void)
            CyGlobalIntEnable; /* Enable global interrupts. */
           uint8 i;
            /* Place your initialization/startup code here (e.g. MyInst_Start()) */
                /* Place your application code here. */
                if (true == readGyroData(I2C_RBUFFER,0x0E)) {       //14 bytes to read including temp. 
                    UART_PutString("GY 521 data : \n");
                    for(i = 0; i < 14; i++) {                
                        UART_PutCRLF(I2C_RBUFFER + CONVERT_TO_ASCII);          
                else {
                     UART_PutString("no data to read");

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I'm not sure if you got the same issue I did, but I also had a sensor that only output zeroes, returned it for another one and it worked fine, so it might well be a defective chip. If it doesn't work with the example codes it can't possibly be the code. Only thing you should rule out is the soldering, other than that I wouldn't know what could be wrong.
I don't have alot of experience either.

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