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.
So I ordered my pi top a day ago, and it's shipping now. Should I be worried about the reliability of the product for daily use?arclite wrote: ↑Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:28 pmFirstly, the battery issues have been ironed out with much work and contributions from forum members. By going to the forum "Battery charging" topic, page 18 you will quickly find the pointers, updated guide to resolving the battery charging procedure and a full explanation in regard to the original cause(s) - if you like to point fingers - not that it does any good after the issue has been fixed! Full honours to the technical solutions and programming solutions, but the latest OS update to POLARIS has improved the Pi-Top to battery communications and the original supply issue and installation of battery packs with incorrect configuration data has all but been removed. Everything looks rosy 'green'!
Yes you can fit both stereo speakers, Pi-Top PROTO board together if you move the keyboard USB (right-angled connector) to the lower left USB port looking at the RPi-3 from above with the GPIO pins to your left and moving everything else to the far left of the Pi-TOP case and by loosening the RPi to Pi-Top board fixings to arrange until you are satisfied. Fortunately the RPi3 does not need any other USB connections because both WiFi and Bluetooth are already on board. The stereo split and image is just acceptable. You could say it is a tight squeeze but interest is growing for an open source case development according to recent discussion on the forum! I bought these speakers to watch YouTube guides and tutorials around the house now that the battery pack is giving around 10 hours to do so. Cooking, car repairs, setting up my sewing machine, installing the Arduino IDE, how to take 3D photos. It is a great heavyweight, lightweight machine, a real winner in my book, oh yes, that's another project!
Think, but not too long The Pi-Top is a great open-source, social development, mentally encouraging and useful project. That is my experience of it so far.