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Can I use a Raspberry Pi B+ with my kit?

The Raspberry Pi foundation has introduced a great update to the single board computer that many people know and love. The trusty Model B has now been superseded by the Model B+ which gives it a bigger GPIO header, more USB ports, more mounting holes, and a switch to micro SD cards.

Will this new board be supported on the Router and miniRouter boards that Party Robotics sells?

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In short, yes. The new Model B+ has the same pinout for the first 26 pins of its header, which is great news allowing it to be a safe drop in replacement in most cases.

A couple of things to look out for though:

  1. This is very important if you have a Router board. When the model B+ is plugged into the Router, you will notice that the metal USB connector touches the coin cell holder on the Router board. You must cover the battery holder with something non-conductive before plugging in and applying power, otherwise, the battery will be shorted to ground and could be very dangerous. We've been using a piece of electrical tape to cover both the battery holder and the crystal.
  2. Also the current image for the Bartendro software will not work in a Model B+ unless its kernel is updated. There are instructions here. In short, the best way to get this working is to insert the micro SD card into an SD card adapter and boot a Model B RPI into the command line. Then type the following things (this takes about 30min):
    • >sudo apt-get update
    • >sudo apt-get upgrade
    • >sudo rpi-update

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rpi-update is not good to use for an productiv-system, because it updates to the latest firmware also unstable version... of Kernel and latest developments.

Thats not good.. better is to use only apt-get update and upgrade for the last stable version!

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