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Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:52 am
by alexeames
neilf wrote:
malakai wrote:If they used headers similar to these https://www.adafruit.com/products/1112 they could have used a ribbon
You can use just the male pins from that header on their own to allow a ribbon cable to be connected to the gert. Then you'd have the best of both worlds.
It'll be a bit inconvenient with it pointing downwards though, unless you build some sort of stand.
If you want a different header, best to solder on a different header, I'd have thought. Then you can have the best of both worlds in that you got to do some soldering too :lol:

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:21 am
by prjones
I have just order a 26pin GPIO CABLE from amazon it cost £2.99. I Think this the right one. Does any body Know how i connect my gertboard to the raspberry pi ?

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:34 pm
by Gert van Loo
You plug it in.
It has a female 26-pin (2x13) connector at the bottom.

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:14 pm
by prjones
I have ordered also a adafruit-cobbler-breakout kit with a male connector (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adafruit-Cobble ... 457&sr=8-1) I think this should plug into my Gertboard with the adapter. What kind of cable as any one else got and where do you purchase them? Element 14 has one but the postage is £15.92 I think its coming from america!

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:51 pm
by Grandad
Gertboard arrived (23 Jan 2013)
It is the readybuilt board from Farnell.
I was suprised to see that it had a female ribbon connector on the underside instead of connector pins on the top. The connector is meant to plug straight into the top of the Pi board.

Ensuring that the Pi was not powered up, I tried connecting the two board together but immediately realised that I was doing it wrong:
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So I unplugged, rotated the Gertboard and plugged it in correctly:
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Looks like I'll have to buy or make up a male to female ribbon cable to fit the two boards into a smaller box.

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:40 pm
by Gert van Loo
You have not inserted the feet yet...

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:31 pm
by ianajo
Arrived this morning 23/1/2013
24hrs after I ordered.
I've made a female to male(boxed) ribbon.
So I can use it with the Pi still in its case.
Great.

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:38 am
by Grandad
I have found the feet now thanks. I won't, however, insert them yet until I have finalised my layout.

I am impressed by the free speedy delivery after ordering from Farnell. It really was next day as promised.

The board itself, like the Pi, is great value for money IMHO.

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:28 am
by alexeames
ianajo wrote:I've made a female to male(boxed) ribbon..
What does that look like? I can imagine, but a photo would be nice if you can do it. :D

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 2:15 pm
by alexeames
Talking of photos, here's some of the Rev 2 Gertboard that arrived this morning :D

http://raspi.tv/2013/v2-gertboard-photo ... mpressions

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:27 pm
by welph
I have to pay 50£+shipping here in Sweden to get ahold of a Gertboard.......someone is doing shitloads of money out of this :(

I will NEVER pay that much for this board.

And too bad, it seems that I have no other options atm. Because no one wants to export the board from a country that has a better price either. :evil:

Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:10 pm
by ianajo
Pictures of boxed male header ribbon
Zoom in to see DNC pins are removed
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Re: Farnell assembled board

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:58 pm
by neilf
ianajo wrote:Pictures of boxed male header ribbon
Zoom in to see DNC pins are removed
Where did you source the boxed header from?

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:59 pm
by alexeames
Thanks. Is that a special connector or did you solder it to a ribbon cable?

Gert's going to love that fan :roll: :lol:

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:10 pm
by Rushy
Where did you get that case from?

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:39 pm
by exartemarte
Rushy wrote:Where did you get that case from?
Looks like a good case, doesn't it? I don't know where ianajo's is from, but CPC have them.

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:48 pm
by ianajo
Boxed male headers from

http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksi ... &_from=R40


Case from
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksi ... &_from=R40

Modified with tiny fan and reset button.

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:07 pm
by exartemarte
ianajo wrote:Case from
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trksi ... &_from=R40

Modified with tiny fan and reset button.
How did you connect up the reset button?

(I hope this isn't a stupid question - so far as I know there's no accessible reset connector.)

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:21 pm
by ianajo
Rev 2 latest board has unpopulated 2pin header (reset) points on board near to power components.

I soldered a 2pin female header to them and stuck a 2wire tactile button into the header.
The button you see on the case is a corkboard (noticeboard) pin plastic head is cut down and the steel pin also shortened to size needed, it sits on top of the tactile button a little blob of melt glue on end of the pin keeps it in the case.

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:24 pm
by exartemarte
ianajo wrote:Rev 2 latest board has unpopulated 2pin header (reset) points on board near to power components.

I soldered a 2pin female header to them and stuck a 2wire tactile button into the header.
The button you see on the case is a corkboard (noticeboard) pin plastic head is cut down and the steel pin also shortened to size needed, it sits on top of the tactile button a little blob of melt glue on end of the pin keeps it in the case.
Thank you - that's useful to know.

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:04 pm
by alexeames
exartemarte wrote: How did you connect up the reset button?

(I hope this isn't a stupid question - so far as I know there's no accessible reset connector.)
Someone's not been paying attention at the back. I'll throw the chalk next time :lol:
http://youtu.be/rNhXqjSO-0s

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:13 am
by exartemarte
alexeames wrote:
exartemarte wrote:Someone's not been paying attention at the back. I'll throw the chalk next time :lol:
http://youtu.be/rNhXqjSO-0s
Please, sir, I was away that day ...

Re: Farnell assembled Gertboard

Posted: Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:24 am
by alexeames
exartemarte wrote:
alexeames wrote:
exartemarte wrote:Someone's not been paying attention at the back. I'll throw the chalk next time :lol:
http://youtu.be/rNhXqjSO-0s
Please, sir, I was away that day ...
At least the dog didn't eat your homework. :D