Everything That Does And Doesn't Work With The New Raspberry Pi

A new model of the Raspberry Pi was released this month that comes packed with more ports and uses less power. While the price has remained the same, a few things have changed that make external hardware work differently. Ladyada has a breakdown of everything that matters.

The big difference with the Raspberry Pi is the SD card slot is now Micro SD. With that in mind Adafruit went through most of its accessories to see what works and what doesn't. Here's a summation of what still works:

  • PiTFT - pinout and electric-wise it works and is tested, but our custom PiTFT kernel does not support the new USB/Ethernet chipset. We're working on it and hope to release a new version soon!
  • 16x2 Character LCD plates (not tested yet but we're pretty confident it works)
  • Proto Plate (not tested yet but we're pretty confident)
  • PiTFT - pinout and electric-wise it works and is tested, but our custom PiTFT kernel does not support the new USB/Ethernet chipset. We're working on it and hope to release a new version soon!
  • 16x2 Character LCD plates (not tested yet but we're pretty confident it works)
  • Proto Plate (not tested yet but we're pretty confident)
  • Any USB-based devices, WiFi dongles, etc.
  • Any monitors that are HDMI based
  • Any displays that are NTSC-based
  • Pi Cameras
  • Any other cables, such as USB console cables, microUSB cables, Ethernet cables, HDMI to VGA adapters, USB hubs, power packs.

And what doesn't:

You may need a new Kernel/Firmware: If you have an older Raspbian or NooBs or whatever (before ~ June 20 2014) do a sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade to update your kernel & firmware! Without new kernel/firmware, the USB/Ethernet chip doesn't work so make sure you do this on a Model B since you need to have ethernet or USB to work in order to download the files over the Internet!

GPIO Cables & Cobblers: Even though the 'top 26 pins' are still compatible pinouts, IDC cables have a bit of a thicker part and the ends, so it will bump into the #27 and #28'th pins when you try to plug it in. If you're desperate, you can cut those two pins with diagonal cutters

You'll also need a new case for it since the form factor's a bit different. You can find more detailed information and a breakdown of everything else over at Adafruit.

What does/doesn't work anymore [Adafruit]


Comments

    Second last sentence: should read 'since the form factor's a bit different' not 'since the form factors a bit different'. [No need to publish this by the way, just letting you know!]

      Thanks Damien, fixed now. (We take our lumps when it comes to corrections.)

    No gigabit Ethernet ? I thought that may have come with the next model revision. As I only use mine for XBMC streaming I don't see a major need to upgrade at present.

    Still cool that they keep it at the same price... For one a tech company that doesn't pickpocket customers at every turn.

    Last edited 30/07/14 12:47 pm

      Its the same SoC. Plus, the chip would not be capable of moving data at >100mbps, anyway, so it would be totally pointless AND push up the price.

      The Ethernet controller runs off the usb bus which is 2.0, you'll never see gigabit speeds with the current soc.

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