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I suspect my Pi is dead...

I have a B7 from the kickstarter. When I turn on power, it flashes multiple colors and then goes all blue and sits there. I let it sit for a good half hour, just to be sure.

The SD card is well-seated. All pumps light up.

I saw in some answers that plugging in HDMI and watching the boot is a good place to start, but the HDMI port is right next to pump ports 9-15, and it butts right against two of them with about 2mm clearance.

There's simply no way to get an HDMI cable plugged in unless I removed two of the plugs (not really possible, of course).

Am I hosed?

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Progress - I removed the two screws on the Pi and was able to move it JUST enough to get the HDMI cable in.

I power up, the dispensers go to blue, but HDMI never gets signal.

Also, the Pi gets REALLY hot around C6. Is this normal?

Any adult supervision on diagnostics I can do?

PS: I posted a video -


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If you power up your Pi independently from a USB source and your HDMI output doesn't light up a display, then your is Pi likely dead. A Pi 3 and the latest software should get you up and running again.

Download the RPI3 image here:

No need to unzip when you're done. It's already an .img file.

While that's downloading, download and install an image writing program for your os.

Point it to the .img file and put it on a microSD card that's at least 4GB.

Pop it into your RPI and you should be good to go. Should be that easy.

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The file is not installing as a .img file so I cannot write it to my sd card using Etcher. When done downloading it is only saying file as the type of file.

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