Actually, you can just remove the connector from the GPIO ports; you lose battery information, and won't be able to adjust screen brightness; however, the trade-off is you'll be able to attach goodies to your GPIO ports. It's a fair trade-off for me, especially with the long life of the battery.BigFanch wrote:Hi,
A breakout board would be a great idea. This is one of the issues I anticipate : all of the 40 GPIO pins are monopolized by pi-top hub... Not really practical for a kit that pretends to be modular !
One other major issue is the software : you get only one copy of pi-top OS on a micro SD-Card, and if you damage it, you're screwed ! There is no software image you can download from their site...
Oops... What JRV said. Apologies for not reading that far re: my last post! Agreed on all points, it's a minimal trade-off for access to all the GPIO ports.JRV wrote:I disconnected the the cable from the GPIO on mine and installed Ubuntu Mate. The screen brightness and volume control keys don't work and the shutdown becomes a two step process. To shut it down you need to run the "shutdown -h now" command, wait until it shuts down, then hold down the start buttons until the red LED goes out. In my opinion a small price to pay to regain access to the GPIO.
Had this issue too - I took mine apart, re-assembled it in case there were connector issues, and it worked again. It might work for you too. Hope you resolved it, either way.lcww1 wrote:
Unfortunately, after 2 months of use, my pi-top has stopped charging, meaning that it can only be used when powered directly from the mains. This seems to be a common problem with the pi-top, and has been reported by multiple users on the pi-top support forum - http://support.pi-top.com/support/discu ... 6000021786 - so far there is no official response to this problem from the pi-top team that I have seen, and no reply to the support requests that I have sent. I daresay that this is just teething trouble with v1.0 pi-top units, but I'd caution against spending money on pi-top kit until there's some evidence of this charging issue being resolved.
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