Add a 3.5 inch display

pCP Team 27 October 2020 pCP 6.1.0 Project

piCoreplayer by default supports the official Raspberry Pi 7" Touchscreen Display. However, there are dozens of screens available for Raspberry Pi. These instructions are for a generic 3.5inch RPi Display but may also give clues how to support other screens. A big thanks to nowhinjing for his Waveshare 4.1 TFT + piCorePlayer + Jivelite tutorial which was used as a starting point.

What was used

  • Raspberry Pi 3B
  • A 3.5 TFT screen - 3.5inch RPi Display - 480x320 Pixel - XPT2046 Touch Controller
  • 8GB SD card
  • piCorePlayer 6.1.0
Step 1

Download piCorePlayer—see Download piCorePlayer.

Step 2

Create an SD card with piCorePlayer image—see Burn piCorePlayer onto a SD card.

Eject the SD card.

Step 3

Insert the SD card into the Raspberry Pi.

Connect the Ethernet cable.

Turn the power on.

Step 4

Determine the IP address—see Determine your piCorePlayer IP address.

Step 5

Access piCorePlayer via ssh—see Access piCorePlayer via ssh.

Edit the file cmdline.txt—see Edit config.txt.

Add fbcon=map:10 fbcon=font:ProFont6x11 logo.nologo to the end of the first line in cmdline.txt.

[email protected]:~$ m1

[email protected]:~$ c1

[email protected]:/mnt/mmcblk0p1$ vicmd

cmdline.txt should look like the following. It must be just one long line of boot codes. Adding extra lines will cause boot failure.
[email protected]:/mnt/mmcblk0p1$ cat cmdline.txt
tz=EST-10EST,M10.1.0,M4.1.0/3 dwc_otg.fiq_fsm_mask=0xF host=piCorePlayer dwc_otg.lpm_enable=0 console=tty1 root=/dev/ram0 elevator=deadline rootwait quiet nortc loglevel=3 noembed smsc95xx.turbo_mode=N noswap consoleblank=0 waitusb=2 fbcon=map:10 fbcon=font:ProFont6x11 logo.nologo


  • fbcon=map:10
  • fbcon=font:ProFont6x11
  • logo.nologo
These 3 options may not really be required. Try removing them one at a time. Let us know.
Step 6

Access piCorePlayer via ssh—see Access piCorePlayer via ssh.

Add dtoverlay=piscreen,speed=24000000,rotate=90 between the lines starting with #—Begin-Custom and #—End-Custom in config.txt.

[email protected]:/mnt/mmcblk0p1$ vicfg

The bottom part of config.txt should end up looking like the following.

#Custom Configuration Area, for config settings that are not managed by pCP.
#pCP will retain these settings during insitu-update
#---Begin-Custom-(Do not alter Begin or End Tags)-----




  • rotate=90
  • rotate=270
piscreen overlay description:
Name:   piscreen
Info:   PiScreen display by
Load:   dtoverlay=piscreen,<param>=<val>
Params: speed                   Display SPI bus speed

        rotate                  Display rotation {0,90,180,270}

        fps                     Delay between frame updates

        debug                   Debug output level {0-7}

        xohms                   Touchpanel sensitivity (X-plate resistance)
Step 7

Resize the root partition.

From the [Main Page] click the [Resize FS] button and choose to increase the size to at least 100 MB.

Step 8

Load pcp-jivelite_default-wav35skin.tcz

The default skin and all its dependencies will then be automatically loaded.

From the [Main Page] and click the [Extensions] button at the end of the “Additional functions” section.

Select the “pcp-jivelite_default-wav35skin.tcz” extension from the piCorePlayer main repository and click the [Load] button.

This loads the following extensions.

     |     |-----pcp-jivelite.tcz
     |     |     |-----touchscreen-4.19.122-pcpCore_v7.tcz
     |     |     |-----libts.tcz
     |     |     |-----pcp-lua.tcz
     |     |     |-----pcp-jivelite_hdskins.tcz
Step 9

Shutdown the Raspberry Pi.

$ pcp bs

Step 10

Add the screen on the Raspberry Pi.

Step 11

Power on

At this stage the touch screen should be working as just a console window, without Jivelite.
Step 12

Create a file in /mnt/mmcblk0p2/tce/

$ ce

$ vi

Copy and paste the code below into


EVENTNO=$(cat /proc/bus/input/devices | awk '/ADS7846 Touchscreen/{for(a=0;a>=0;a++){getline;{if(/mouse/==1){ print $NF;exit 0;}}}}')

export SDL_VIDEODRIVER=fbcon
export SDL_FBDEV=/dev/fb1
export TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/$EVENTNO

while true; do
    sleep 3

Set as executable.

$ chmod 755

The script above is assuming the device name is ADS7846 Touchscreen. To determine device name use the command below.
[email protected]:~$ cat /proc/bus/input/devices | grep N:
N: Name="ADS7846 Touchscreen"
[email protected]:~$
Step 13

Calibrate the Touch Screen.

$ sudo TSLIB_FBDEVICE=/dev/fb1 TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/event0 /usr/local/bin/ts_calibrate

You should see the following 2 lines on the screen.

Touchscreen calibration utility
Touch crosshair to calibrate

Touch the 5 crosshairs, 4 corners plus center.

[email protected]:~$ sudo TSLIB_FBDEVICE=/dev/fb1 TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/event0 /usr/local/bin/ts_calibrate
xres = 480, yres = 320
Took 10 samples...
Top left : X = 3858 Y =  342
Took 12 samples...
Top right : X =  321 Y =  344
Took 3 samples...
Bot right : X =  315 Y = 3814
Took 12 samples...
Bot left : X = 3841 Y = 3734
Took 8 samples...
Center : X = 2078 Y = 2026
512.168335 -0.130261 -0.000433
-21.502014 0.001012 0.087424
Calibration constants: 33565464 -8536 -28 -1409156 66 5729 65536
Step 14

Check that the calibration has been successful.

$ sudo TSLIB_FBDEVICE=/dev/fb1 TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/event0 /usr/local/bin/ts_test

You should see the following 2 lines on the screen.

Touchscreen test program
Touch screen to move crosshair

Move the stylus around the screen and the crosshair should follow.

Touch [Quit] button on the top right to exit test.

[email protected]:~$ sudo TSLIB_FBDEVICE=/dev/fb1 TSLIB_TSDEVICE=/dev/input/event0 /usr/local/bin/ts_test
1599049890.101942:    246    164      6
1599049890.121943:    246    164     19
1599049890.142008:    246    164     28
1599049890.161937:    246    164     31
1599049890.181949:    246    165     37
1599049890.207568:    247    165     40
1599049890.221956:    248    165     42
1599049890.242051:    249    165     43
1599049890.261960:    251    165     43
1599049890.281957:    252    165     42
1599049890.304261:    253    165     43
1599049890.321945:    255    165     42
[email protected]:~$
Step 15

Go to the [Tweaks] page and set “Set Autostart” to “yes”. Click [Set Autostart] to save.

Click [Main Page] > [Reboot].

Step 16

Setup Jivelite.

Select language.

Step 17

Click [Main Page] > [Backup] to save Jivelite settings.

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