jusme
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Is this camera connector backwards?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:53 pm

Just bought a new Pi-3 B+ from a reputable supplier (who shall remain nameless unless proven guilty), but I can't get any camera modules to work with it. Tested several cameras, v1.3, v2.1, standard and NOIR, all work on another Pi (also 3-B+, with the same SD card), but none on the new one.

Looking closely at the connector, it appears to be fitter the wrong way round - the contacts are on the left-hand (Ethernet) side, and there is a large plastic tab on the right-hand (HDMI) side, that seems to prevent any possibility of an electrical connection:

Working:
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Faulty?:
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Haven't seen any other reports of this problem, so can anyone confirm this looks wrong before I shout at [REDACTED] for making me waste a hour on this???
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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:28 pm

It certainly looks it to me. Can you get the camera cable between the pins and the connector?

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:05 pm

gordon77 wrote:
Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:28 pm
It certainly looks it to me. Can you get the camera cable between the pins and the connector?
Nope, the electrical contacts are on the "wrong" (left) side, there's nothing to connect to on the "right" side - pic with the latch removed:

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:32 pm

I'd return it to the supplier.

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:58 pm

Yes, return it. I believe I have seen another post where a camera connector had been fitted the wrong way round. I guess a small batch had been assembled incorrectly.

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:36 am

Could you post a photo of the 2D barcode on the back of the board?

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:40 pm

Roger_Thornton wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:36 am
Could you post a photo of the 2D barcode on the back of the board?
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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Fri May 03, 2019 12:50 am

I just purchased a Pi 3 Model B+ with what appears to be the same problem. The camera connector is backwards.
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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:03 am

Just found 3 with the same issue in our batch.

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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:31 am

Any idea where and when these were made?

Should I worry about the ones I bought a year ago? I purchased a few 3B+ computers between launch and early July 2018.

EDIT:
Just checked one of mine and it seems okay. Dark colored connector like the working pic, and facing the right way (07/02 on sticker). They're all in Flirc cases, whose one drawback is you can't see the cool little computer inside.
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Re: Is this camera connector backwards?

Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:00 am

HawaiianPi wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:31 am
Just checked one of mine and it seems okay. Dark colored connector like the working pic, and facing the right way (07/02 on sticker). They're all in Flirc cases, whose one drawback is you can't see the cool little computer inside.
What you need is cases made from transparent aluminium :)

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