Experiences with Raspberry Pi Touch Screen

Well for once I am not going to be talking about robots, but my experience in setting up a Raspberry Pi touch screen - this is not a how to guide, a couple links to those are included in the post, but my experience of setting one up. 

So the I bought the Raspberry Pi Touch Screen from Pimoroni and along with the stand/frame for it.

Setting up the LCD frame was simple with the instructions provided and the link at the end of the instructions provide some further help http://learn.pimoroni.com/tutorial/pi-lcd/getting-started-with-raspberry-pi-7-touchscreen-lcd on setting up the screen

A tutorial from The PiHut (https://thepihut.com/blogs/raspberry-pi-tutorials/45295044-raspberry-pi-7-touch-screen-assembly-guide) was very useful on how to connect the screen to the Pi. The blue side  on the white ribbon cable (provided with the screen) used in connecting the two together needs to blue side down towards the LCD (as explained in PiHut tutorial) and facing away from the Pi when connecting to it, which is the bit I was unsure of. Connecting the power via the jumper leads that came with the screen means only a single power supply is need for both the screen and Pi. If you follow the  PiHut tutorial the colours of the jumper leads may needed to be changed but that is not a problem. 

I used Raspbian OS and when power up with a power lead (it needs to output enough current to power both devices) both the Pi and screen came on without any difficulty.  

The touchscreen worked well as a mouse and the single power lead makes the system much more compact.

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