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Pi zero build help please

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:36 am
by danA3141
Hi everyone. I am planning a mini laptop using a pi zero and a 7'' LCD. I have never used a pi before so I am not sure what parts I will need. I have repaired laptops for a living so should be OK putting it together . Can you guys help me pick the parts please.

Thanks
Dan

Re: Pi zero build help please

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:29 am
by BMS Doug
Pi zero
microSD card
Display interface board
Display
USB Hub
WIFI dongle
Bluetooth Dongle
USB Ethernet dongle
USB storage media
USB Powerbank


I'd suggest a Pi3 instead of the zero

Pi3 (Ethernet, 4x USB, Wifi and bluetooth on board)
microSD card
Official Raspberry Pi display
USB storage media
USB Powerbank

Re: Pi zero build help please

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:53 pm
by danA3141
Thanks for you advice Doug!

Is it a big job to strip the Ethernet port and replace the double stacked usb's with single's to minimise the thickness of the board?

Re: Pi zero build help please

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 1:59 pm
by drgeoff
danA3141 wrote:Is it a big job to strip the Ethernet port and replace the double stacked usb's with single's to minimise the thickness of the board?
Everything is relative. :)

So it is anywhere between simple and almost impossible (to still have a working RPi after the removals) depending on your skills and available equipment.

Re: Pi zero build help please

Posted: Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:00 pm
by Laurens-wuyts
danA3141 wrote:Is it a big job to strip the Ethernet port and replace the double stacked usb's with single's to minimise the thickness of the board?
It depends on how good you can solder and how good your tools are.
But it shouldn't be to difficult tho.
https://learn.adafruit.com/diet-raspberry-pi/overview

Laurens

Re: Pi zero build help please

Posted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:49 am
by BMS Doug
Laurens-wuyts wrote:
danA3141 wrote:Is it a big job to strip the Ethernet port and replace the double stacked usb's with single's to minimise the thickness of the board?
It depends on how good you can solder and how good your tools are.
But it shouldn't be to difficult tho.
https://learn.adafruit.com/diet-raspberry-pi/overview

Laurens
Reading through the adafruit guide it sounds pretty hard work, Adafruit have since started stocking a solder removal alloy which might make the job easier, basically a low melting point solder which you use to dilute the solder on the board.

If you want a minimum profile device then an A+ with the Pi screen might be OK, I'm just conscious that you will want some connectivity (keyboard, mouse, WIFI, bluetooth, storage media, etc) so again a USB hub + dongles would be needed.

The official Pi screen connects to the display interface (not available on the Pi0) through a small interface board (supplied with the screen).