ArkenpiTFT ...The Redo

I was fiddling around with calibrating the PiTFT plus last night, and unfortunately, the Pi started booting to the HDMI instead of the TFT again. Needless to say, I was very grumpy.

Since I knew that the latest forms of Raspbian already supported the PiTFT and you don’t have to install the adafruit kernel: I said, “Screw this, I’m starting all over again.”

I wiped my SD card.

fdisk -l
fdisk /dev/sdx
d #delete partition
n #new partition
t #type
b #W95 FAT32
w #write
mkfs.vfat /dev/sdx1

I rewrote the latest Raspbian Stretch with the Desktop (2017-09-07).

dd bs=512k if=/home/thallia/2017-09-07-raspbian-jessie.img of=/dev/sdx

Once successfully booted into Raspbian Stretch on the HDMI output, I only cloned the Adafruit PiTFT Helper.

sudo apt-get update
git clone

Next I made the adafruit helper executable.

cd Adafruit-PiTFT-Helper
chmod +x

I ran the install.

sudo ./

In the middle of the install, it opened the options to configure the Pi for the TFT. It listed the types of screens in numbers from 1-5, in which I chose #4 (35r). I chose “y”, and then magic! It rebooted onto the PiTFT.

It booted to the console, but changing the raspi-config settings to Desktop only booted the desktop to the HDMI.

I fixed this by following the answer on this forum.

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-video-fbdev

Next I made a file with the directory /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/99-fbdev.conf, ( sudo nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/99-fdbev.conf and pasted this stuff in there:

Section "Device"
Identifier "myfb"
Driver "fbdev"
Option "fbdev" "/dev/fb1"

After a reboot, my Pi was working a lot faster and it successfully booted the Desktop GUI onto the TFT.

I also changed my pi’s desktop photo to Marvel, because it looks freaking awesome.

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