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    SainSmart LCD with Raspberry Pi 3

    Hello all,

    I have a SainSmart LCD that can be found here and a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that is running the version of Kali Linux found here: and labeled "RaspberryPi w/TFT"

    When I plug in the Pi nothing appears on my LCD screen, and when I plug in an HDMI a brightly colored rainbow rectangle appears on my screen. Plugging in a keyboard and attempting to run commands does not seem to do anything. I also am unable to ssh into the Pi using this version of Kali Linux, as the Pi does not show up on my network. I have it connected via ethernet. Due to the Pi not appearing on the network I suspect that this distro is somehow crashing when I attempt to boot it.

    I attempted to use a different version of Kali Linux (The one labeled RaspberryPi 2/3 from the link above) and was able to get it working on my Pi, with the display functioning through HDMI and ssh fully functional. However, I was unable to get the LCD screen to function using that version of Kali.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this screen working? Is there an image for the Pi 3 that functions with the TFT screen? Or what can I change in the Pi 3 Kali distro to get the screen functioning? All I really need on the screen for now is a command line interface. Also I am using a 5V/2A power source as per the LCD manufacturer's recommendation.

    Thanks in advance for any help!

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    Hi Lagavulin,

    the "RaspberryPi w/TFT" image won't work for you.
    You can follow this guide, it's been written for WaveShare & SainSmart displays:

    Or the steps described by n0b0dy in our "Sticky-Finger's Kali-Pi" forum:

    I hope that helps,

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