But I had one of these plugged onto it’s GPIO pins: LED Strip
This allowed the Pi to sit there “sideways” with the LED strip visible.
It won’t be that easy - from what I can see - getting that with a 3B.
Any ideas how/what I can/could do to address this problem?
(How many wires does that thing need? I’m guessing only 3. But which ones?)
Just I was thinking of making a cable that plugs into the Pi then mounting the strip external to the case for the Pi.
Just as the power cable goes into the “side” of the 3B… (ranting)
The Zero was perfect for this as the LED strip was on top of the GPIO pins at one “side” of the RasPi, and the power plugged in at the opposite side.
Oh, and there is a USB memory stick plugged in. On the Zero what was beside the power connector and made for nice small space.
With the 3B, it is 90degree to the power connector and makes the area needed wider than what the Zero needed/used.
1 - where the Zero usually lives.
It is dismantled in the picture but you can see where it sits.
The LED STRIP is at the front (outward facing) and it easy to see as it is down the side of the RasPi.
The power cable is plugged into the “Back” side as is the USB cable for the external USB stick.
Of course they aren’t plugged in now as the Pi is … “dead”.
You can just see the replacement behind it. But don’t get ahead of things.
As you can see it is a neat/nice fit in the space. Partly why I used the Zero.
2 - This is how the 3B presents itself when in that position.
The GPIO pins are down the side of the machine and so the LEDs would not be visible.
(But for the one at the end)
And you can see the power cable sticking out in pretty much the same relative position to the GPIO pins are on the Zero.
So: Turn it 90 degrees…
Don’t forget also this is in a case.
The Zero is in a nice case which leaves the GPIO pins nicely accessible and the LED strip plugs “neatly” onto it and it clearly visible.
The case the 3B is in doesn’t really allow plugging in the LED strip.
Unless I leave the top off the case.
3 - Turning it 90 degrees so the board is in the same orientation as the Zero was.