Raspberry Pi 3.5" LCD (MPI3501)

wondering if anybody managed to get this to work with F33. I’m still digging around, curious if anybody ever managed to get it to work.


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I wonder if it works similar to Architectures/ARM/Raspberry Pi/HATs - Fedora Project Wiki

Alternative is to use the downstream raspberrypi kernel for fedora. See also:

Please report your finding.

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So … an update so far …

Apparently there’s a kernel module for this in 5.10.13-200, under the name ili9486.

Using the step from Pi HAT page from the wiki alongside what I understood by reading LCD-show/LCD35-show at master · goodtft/LCD-show · GitHub, i managed to get /dev/fb1 up.

However, screen is still showing white blank screen, and echo /dev/urandom > /dev/fb1 doesn’t seem to do anything. I’m wondering if it is an issue with the kernel module, or the tft35a dtb file i took from the github page, or something else together.

Any pointers on how to check?

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additional thing i noticed:

[   30.391925] [drm] Initialized ili9486 1.0.0 20200118 for spi0.0 on minor 1
[   30.406632] ili9486 spi0.0: [drm] fb1: ili9486drmfb frame buffer device

but /dev/spi0.0 doesn’t exist

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update …

Using the dwrobel Fedora Server spin image linked at rpmfusion (fda-images - Generic - Bintray), I managed to get the framebuffer to work using tft35-overlay.dtb from goodtft/LCD-show/ .

While upstream kernel 5.10 carry ili9486 kernel module, it however do not carry fbtft_device module, apparently fbtft was removed at kernel 5.4 for some reason, but without a clear alternative available.

Steps to make things work:

  • write fedora server image from dwrobel into the sdcard, arm-image-installer seems unable to work with this image well, so you could not conveniently resize the partition nor set ssh key. I could not get the system to boot into the rpi kernel if i used official image and dnf install the rpi kernel.

  • if you need ssh key, you can mount the sdcard root partition , and create /root/.ssh/authorized_keys yourself

  • in /boot/config.txt, add following lines above [pi4] block (ie: implicit [all] block)


  • download https://github.com/goodtft/LCD-show/raw/master/usr/tft35a-overlay.dtb as /boot/efi/overlays/tft35a.dtbo

  • add “fbcon=map:10 fbcon=font:ProFont6x11” at the end of /boot/efi/cmdline.txt

Yet to try the touchscreen nor X, but at least some progress.

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I’ve compiled the steps here:

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