Upgrading a 2020 Community Edition Pinephone?
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I bought a Community Edition Pinephone back in 2020 and would like to upgrade it to the 3GB RAM, 128 GB eMMC board. Is that practical/possible to do myself, or would I do better to buy a new, complete Pinephone with these specifications instead? I enjoy simple DIY computing/electronics projects.

Thanks in advance.  Big Grin
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(03-02-2022, 09:39 PM)danimations Wrote: I bought a Community Edition Pinephone back in 2020 and would like to upgrade it to the 3GB RAM, 128 GB eMMC board. Is that practical/possible to do myself, or would I do better to buy a new, complete Pinephone with these specifications instead? I enjoy simple DIY computing/electronics projects.

Thanks in advance.  Big Grin

128 GB emmc, did you mean 32GB? https://pine64.com/product/pinephone-com...mainboard/

you didn't tell what hardware revision you have.

my guess is you are better off with new one. however, because no soldering is not involved, it's somewhat easy to replace mainboard. you need correct screwdriver and remember esd electricity.

when i soldered mainboard 1.2a into 1.2b . just removing tiny resistor was super difficult.
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Oops,yes, I meant the 3GB/32GB mainboard. I must have misread the eMMC capacity at some stage. I thought 128GB seemed excessive.

Where do I check which hardware revision I have? Is it written on the device somewhere, or can I query it using Terminal?
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There is no soldering, but it is quite fiddly to my understanding, with tiny little wires and delicate ribbons, etc.

Luckily, there are a few videos on ThemTube about differing levels of PinePhone disassembly, which you could watch and form your own opinion, as you know your own abilities best.
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(03-03-2022, 08:16 AM)danimations Wrote: Oops,yes, I meant the 3GB/32GB mainboard. I must have misread the eMMC capacity at some stage. I thought 128GB seemed excessive.

Where do I check which hardware revision I have? Is it written on the device somewhere, or can I query it using Terminal?
probably best place is to look at https://wiki.pine64.org/wiki/PinePhone#H..._revisions

there is one command "lshw", but could be innacurate. shows 1.2 for me even it's 1.2b (i have two pinephones).

no clear markings on mainboard either.
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Given timing and description, mine is most likely Rev 1.2b. BTW, the "lshw" command wasn't recognised by Terminal.
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