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Raspberry-Pi Rev 3 UART issues

On the Raspberry-Pi 3 the auxilliary (or mini) UART port has been used to control the Bluetooth device. As a result all add-on cards which use the UART no longer work. For example xbee and other transmitters, RS485 and unfortunately also the gertbot.


I found that the following worked for me on both the jessie and stretch images: For editing /boot/config.txt and /boot/cmdline.txt you need 'sudo' plus an editor.
      sudo nano /boot/config.txt
      sudo nano /boot/cmdline.txt
Or for the older users:
      sudo vi /boot/config.txt
      sudo vi /boot/cmdline.txt
As this swaps the mini UART back to pins 14 & 15 on the GPIO connector, the Bluetooth functionality is lost. Thus it is not possible to use gertbot and Bluetooth at the same time.

Do NOT enable the UART using the Pi configuration GUI:


I have heard that some people managed to use the software (bit-bang) UART emulator on pins 14 & 15 alongside Bluetooth. Thus far I have not been able to get this working with the Gertbot. Probably because (Just as with e.g. xbee) the gertbot data is a packet oriented stream with no buffering and binary data and the gertbot driver changes the echo, cbreak tty settings.

Stretch Image

   or : " cannot open shared object file" issue.

The latest Raspberry-Pi image (stretch) has dropped all Qt4 libraries in favor of the Qt5 libraries. This causes the error message: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
To install the missing libraries open a command prompt window and type:
   sudo apt-get install libqtgui4
Work is ongoing to solve all Rasbian image version related issues.