How to Connect Raspberry Pi to Breadboard


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by Haseeb Ali » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:22 pm
Hello, I am totally new to the world of physical computing and I require some help. I have purchased a breadboard, a bag of LED's, five 270Ω resistors, three 10KΩ resistors, some black and red coil wire and some IDE cable. I wish to be able to conduct electricity through the LED. The cable has 32 pins but what I want to know is how I can connect the cable to the breadboard.
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by gordon@drogon.net » Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:41 pm
Haseeb Ali wrote:Hello, I am totally new to the world of physical computing and I require some help. I have purchased a breadboard, a bag of LED's, five 270Ω resistors, three 10KΩ resistors, some black and red coil wire and some IDE cable. I wish to be able to conduct electricity through the LED. The cable has 32 pins but what I want to know is how I can connect the cable to the breadboard.


Start here:
https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/gpio-examples/tux-crossing/

I know it's not the worlds best intro, but it's a start...
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by MattHawkinsUK » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:25 pm
I would get a pre-assembled 26 way ribbon cable off eBay. That will give you a connector that you can poke wires into and stick in your breadboard. I got the cable for £3 which is as cheap as I could have made one.

This how I do LED switching :
http://www.raspberrypi-spy.co.uk/2012/06/control-led-using-gpio-output-pin/

You can pick up a load of the transistors and resistors for a few pounds/dollars on eBay.
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by Jim JKla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:28 pm
There's this noob level stuff on the wiki as well

http://elinux.org/RPi_Screw_Connector_Breakout_Board

All of this is valid ;)
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by Haseeb Ali » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:47 pm
gordon@drogon.net wrote:
Haseeb Ali wrote:Hello, I am totally new to the world of physical computing and I require some help. I have purchased a breadboard, a bag of LED's, five 270Ω resistors, three 10KΩ resistors, some black and red coil wire and some IDE cable. I wish to be able to conduct electricity through the LED. The cable has 32 pins but what I want to know is how I can connect the cable to the breadboard.


Start here:
https://projects.drogon.net/raspberry-pi/gpio-examples/tux-crossing/

I know it's not the worlds best intro, but it's a start...
-Gordon


Thanks. the Pelican Crossing theme makes it fun and simple but yet effective. But I couldn't but notice that male to female jumper wires were used. I am using and 32 pin IDE cable. I would like to know how to physically attach the IDE cable to the breadboard. I do not want to purchase one because my funds are incredibly low ( as I am a 12 year old lad passionate about programming ) and any advice regarding this would be gratefully accepted! :D
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by Jim JKla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 5:49 pm
I refer you to my earlier post. :D
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by Haseeb Ali » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:04 pm
Jim JKla wrote:I refer you to my earlier post. :D

I don't have time to solder! And I'd rather use the breadboard as I've bought one!
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by Jim JKla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:14 pm
Haseeb Ali wrote:I don't have time to solder!


You will eventually if you want to do anything the sooner you learn the better. :D

But in the interim look on the robot build sites for jumper leads.

Here is a link to get you started http://www.dealeurx.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=105078&zenid=h8ekjlu024430sh6i0l9leus82 ;)
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by Haseeb Ali » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:18 pm
Jim JKla wrote:
Haseeb Ali wrote:I don't have time to solder!


You will eventually if you want to do anything the sooner you learn the better. :D

But in the interim look on the robot build sites for jumper leads.

Here is a link to get you started http://www.dealeurx.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=105078&zenid=h8ekjlu024430sh6i0l9leus82 ;)

Can I purchase them from Maplin for under $5:00?
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by Jim JKla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:20 pm
Go look :D quicker than asking me ;)

Note Maplin not cheapest.
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by Haseeb Ali » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:24 pm
Not really because you can give me a response more or less straight away. Whereas the nearest Maplin to me is a twenty minute drive away! :mrgreen:
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by Jim JKla » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:26 pm
Maplins have a website ;)

Feel free to Doh!

Oh and it's worth reading that wiki in making a breakout board it may protect you from turning your RPi into a blue smoker. ;)
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