TheGuyUk
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Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:37 pm

On some sites you see damage Raspberry computers for sale as spares ie
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/raspberry-pi- ... SwLnlWpgvm

But are such small component electronics relistactly repairable by your average person?

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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:49 pm

TheGuyUk wrote:On some sites you see damage Raspberry computers for sale as spares ie
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/raspberry-pi- ... SwLnlWpgvm

But are such small component electronics relistactly repairable by your average person?
It depends on different things.
Whats broken (Processor or pulgs)?
What do you define as average :) ?
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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:53 pm

I wouldn't bother for that price. If the soc is damaged / dead you can't fix it, the parts aren't worth it in my view.

The picture isn't a Pi2B.

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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:54 pm

Mostly, they are probably on sale, somply because it is more expensive to repair them tham to buy new ones - my point of view.

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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:56 pm

Without some idea of what is broken and some idea about how to fix it I would not bother. The price is way to high for a dead Pi anyway. In fact I can't imagine paying anything for a dead Pi.

It it unfixable the only salvageable parts are the connectors. Again the price is way to high for a few connectors pulled from a board. Especially if you have to pull them yourself.

Don't bother with them. It's not worth the price and it's not worth your time messing with it when you caould be doing more creative things.
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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:57 pm

java wrote:Mostly, they are probably on sale, somply because it is more expensive to repair them tham to buy new ones - my point of view.
I think they are on sale because someone blew up his Pi and is a greedy bugger.
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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:09 pm

£14 for a non-working pi2? Can't see anyone going for that. And the picture they provide is of a Pi1, not a good sign.
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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:37 pm

I swapped a working Pi Zero for a dead version of the same with someone on this board. Result: they get a working Pi0, and I get to tear one apart, which I never would have dreamed of doing to the one I let go.

I bet if a dead Zero were listed on ebay someone would pay more than the headline price for it.

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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:34 am

At first, I would think the guy is a crook. But then it looks like his/her/its ratings are pretty high. So there's a slight chance its not broken at all but that whoever used it simply didn't know how to use it.
But like others said, for that price, why not get a new one?
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Re: Are damaged Pis worth attempting to repair?

Fri Feb 12, 2016 12:59 pm

I messaged the seller and they confirmed that it is infact a Pi2 Model B. It's not unusual for eBay to auto-fill listings fields incorrectly, so I guess this is what's happened here. I might have been tempted at £5 delivered if only to strip off the connectors and chuck them in the spares box, but anything more would be too rich for me.
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