Action Item #562

Port to Pi Zero

Added by Hammel about 2 years ago. Updated 15 days ago.

Status:ClosedStart date:16 Jan 2017
Priority:ImmediateDue date:
Assignee:Hammel% Done:


Target version:-
Severity:01 - Critical


The Zero is the gumstick sized board and would be a replacement for the B+ used in the PiBox Player with the projector. It's the same processor and runs the same builds as the B+ (re: HW=rpi).

I'm using a USB stackable hub with the Zero. The overall footprint is still smaller than the B+ simply because the stack is about as tall as the B+ w/ its eth port but shorter in length and width.

20170116_104940.jpg - Zero w/hub and two USB dongles running PiBox. (1.6 MB) Hammel, 16 Jan 2017 11:15

20170115_184633.jpg - Short spaces and pogo pins (1.55 MB) Hammel, 16 Jan 2017 11:15

20170116_105525.jpg - side view showing clearance between boards (1.58 MB) Hammel, 16 Jan 2017 11:15



#1 Updated by Hammel about 2 years ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • % Done changed from 0 to 10
Here are the hardware issues I currently see.
  1. Power is a USB mini-A and there are no headers to power like I'm doing with the B+. But there are holes for the headers so I could add them easily enough.
  2. There is no audio-out on the Zero. I'd need a wifi dongle for that. There is one slot open for that. If I do that then I'll probably need a cable from the dongle to the external port on the player box otherwise I'll have to jam the dongle up against the current opening, and anchor the boards with something (a case?).
  3. Uses a mini-HDMI port. Need mini-to-mini HDMI cable for use with the projector, preferrably very short one.

#2 Updated by Hammel about 2 years ago

#3 Updated by Hammel almost 2 years ago

  • Severity changed from 01 - Critical to 05 - Very Low

#4 Updated by Hammel over 1 year ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed
  • % Done changed from 10 to 100

There is no software port required for this. The rpi2 build of the core platform works just fine with the Zero.

Closing this issue. We can reference it in closed state if needed but any hardware differences we can simply google and search for hats for components like the audio output.

#5 Updated by Hammel 15 days ago

  • Project changed from PiBox to Xeon
  • Category deleted (00 - Basic Build Issues)
  • Status changed from Closed to In Progress
  • Target version deleted (0.12.0)
  • % Done changed from 100 to 50
  • Severity changed from 05 - Very Low to 01 - Critical

Re-opening issue because the current RPi2 build does not boot on the Zero. This may be due to the switch to device tree overlays since the last time I tried the Zero.

One possible fix is to use "device_tree=" (no value set) in config.txt to force the old behavior before device tree's were used. This may force the firmware to just use the kernel to determine what hardware to support.

#6 Updated by Hammel 15 days ago

According to the RPi Troubleshooting page, the kernel I have doesn't boot on the Pi Zero W. That seems odd, so I'm going to try booting this new kernel on a Pi 2 and a Pi 3 and see what happens. Maybe my kernel build got messed up.

#7 Updated by Hammel 15 days ago

Works fine on RPi 3. So it's the config.txt/cmdline.txt and/or kernel that seem to be the problem.

#8 Updated by Hammel 15 days ago

Hmm. Starting to look like the Zero may not be compatible with the 2/3:
So I wonder how I got it to work the first time. Build with HW=rpi, possibly?

#9 Updated by Hammel 15 days ago

  • Status changed from In Progress to Closed
  • % Done changed from 50 to 100

Verified: HW=rpi works with the Pi Zero W. It's chipset differences from the Pi2/Pi3. Anyway, I just need to use HW=rpi for the builds.

Closing again.

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