Schorschi
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This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!

Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:34 pm

This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died! My PiZero W, is a bit (no pun) long on the tooth, 2 or 3 years or so now? I got right when the Pizero W first was released. I inserted card, powered it up, no joy. I noticed it was very hot. As I understand it, this a know issue. And there is no recovery from it once it happens. So the question is, do newer Pi Zero variants have some protection for this?

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Re: This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!

Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:42 pm

Where is this a "known issue" from? I have never heard such a thing. Do you have any links to discussion about that?
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Re: This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!

Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:48 pm

Schorschi wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:34 pm
I noticed it was very hot. As I understand it, this a know issue.
It's not a "known issue".

It's nearly always caused by the user abusing the GPIO pins either by connecting them to a 5V supply (anything higher than 3.3V) or other electrical abuse like feeding a signal in from an external device running at 5V (or higher). Or by a faulty power supply.
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Re: This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!

Thu Sep 10, 2020 8:53 pm

Schorschi wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:34 pm
This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!
My condolences... :cry:
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Re: This a sad day, my Pizero W (oldest one) died!

Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:09 pm

Heater wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:42 pm
Where is this a "known issue" from? I have never heard such a thing. Do you have any links to discussion about that?
I took that to mean it is a commonly accepted practise that if a Pi gets hot without an SD card inserted, it's dead.
How it died however, is a mystery, but I'm guessing what Dougie said is most likely.

My condolences on your loss though, it sucks losing a Pi, whether by user fault or otherwise.
I remember my first pi0w died within 2 hours of use to static discharge (as best I can tell) through user neglect.
I was told I couldn't buy another one as it was a one per person ever policy, and so I've been very vocal about that policy ever since.
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