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How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm

How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?

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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:19 pm

Until it stops working, or is killed.

Estimates for the expected lifespan of a Pi are around 25-30 years. Some have died in a lot shorter time than that. None have lived that long... yet.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:21 pm

Longer than you will.

Unless it's abused of course.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:30 pm

My first Pi from 2012 still boots and runs fine. The only Pi I have ever had fail was completely my fault, do not apply 12v to the GPIO pins!

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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:56 pm

RaspiFanBoy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm
How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?
Last I heard, the expected working life (barring accidents and disasterous mistakes) was 40 years. I don't expect to outlive any of my Pis.

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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:48 pm

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:56 pm
RaspiFanBoy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm
How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?
Last I heard, the expected working life (barring accidents and disasterous mistakes) was 40 years. I don't expect to outlive any of my Pis.
Me either. And I've three 1Bs and one 1A still in working order.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:41 am

thagrol wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:48 pm
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:56 pm
RaspiFanBoy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm
How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?
Last I heard, the expected working life (barring accidents and disasterous mistakes) was 40 years. I don't expect to outlive any of my Pis.
Me either. And I've three 1Bs and one 1A still in working order.
Considering that a Pi is essentially just a computer, it should last as long as the electronics that make up it last.
I've no idea how long that is, but I do know that I have devices decades older than me that still work.
I would expect the Pi to last easily three or four decades, and I suspect possibly double that depending on how much they get used and the environment they're kept in.
Being younger than either of you, I would even go as far as to say even I don't expect to outlive my Pis
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:54 am

The early Pi's have electrolytic capacitors, they age and dry out.
It then depends on how stable the power supply is.
I also have 2012 A's and B's that still work.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:44 pm

In this era of overclocking it would be nice to know if the Broadcom SoC still uses a soldered heat spreader, the metal outer layer on the chip that contacts the heat-sink.

Intel has recently gone back to soldered because modders have determined that the internal compound will dry out just like heat-sink paste does.

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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:57 pm

RaspiFanBoy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm
How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?
the shortest lifetime have connectors.
if you connect/disconnect something daily,
you may destroy pi within less than a year.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:22 pm

My Pi Model B V2.0 with 512Mb has been running non-stop for 13 years and counting.
It boots from external usb, and acts as a media server, and dns server with filtering.

As of a few months ago, it now also runs a 8-led "ON AIR" sign controlled via a web service, for when I am on conference calls.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:27 pm

pasman1 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:57 pm
RaspiFanBoy wrote:
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:03 pm
How long does a raspberry pi live? How many years?
the shortest lifetime have connectors.
if you connect/disconnect something daily,
you may destroy pi within less than a year.
Good point.

It only took me a couple of months of daily insert/remove to wreck a USB socket.

This was on a Pi4 - but I am no longer convinced that there was anything Pi-specific about it. It just seems to be a thing you shouldn't do with USB connectors.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:35 pm

onebitcpu wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:22 pm
My Pi Model B V2.0 with 512Mb has been running non-stop for 13 years and counting.
It boots from external usb, and acts as a media server, and dns server with filtering.

As of a few months ago, it now also runs a 8-led "ON AIR" sign controlled via a web service, for when I am on conference calls.
Do you have a time machine? :lol: The Raspberry Pi b was launched 29 Feb 2012. :shock:
V2 was Sept 2012 (according to Wikipedia, I don't remember!)
External USB booting came much later, true USB booting is a Pi3 and later feature, IIRC.
And you've done all the upgrades (including hardware) without rebooting? :? We'd all like to know how.
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Re: How long does a raspberry pi live?

Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:15 pm

davidcoton wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:35 pm
onebitcpu wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:22 pm
My Pi Model B V2.0 with 512Mb has been running non-stop for 13 years and counting.
It boots from external usb, and acts as a media server, and dns server with filtering.

As of a few months ago, it now also runs a 8-led "ON AIR" sign controlled via a web service, for when I am on conference calls.
Do you have a time machine? :lol: The Raspberry Pi b was launched 29 Feb 2012. :shock:
V2 was Sept 2012 (according to Wikipedia, I don't remember!)
External USB booting came much later, true USB booting is a Pi3 and later feature, IIRC.
And you've done all the upgrades (including hardware) without rebooting? :? We'd all like to know how.
Perhaps they meant since 2013?

And you can almost boot a 1B from USB. All you need on the SD card is bootcode.bin, the rest can be on USB storage.

Now, if that'd been his first post I'd say spammer but as it ain't...
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