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How to install a Makibes 3.5″ LCD screen on your Raspberry Pi (Raspbian)

Information is pretty scarce on getting these up and running, so I hope this quick guide might help to clarify the process for others.

First, you want to expand the filesystem. Launch raspi-config:

sudo raspi-config

Go to Advanced -> Expand filesystem

Now you’ll need a copy of the driver. Download it here.

cd Downloads && tar xvf LCD-show-*.tar.gz

cd LCD-show/

chmod +x LCD35-show


This installs the driver and also makes the LCD screen the default choice.

This means your HDMI screen will not display your desktop any longer on boot.

To make HDMI the default choice again, cd to your LCD-show folder and run the following:


Naturally you can run the following again to switch back to the screen.


IoT chess board software

Though I have completed all the hardware of my IoT chess board, I am still in the process of developing the software for it.

An Arduino MEGA sits underneath the board and controls the hardware, while a Raspberry Pi runs a webserver and takes care of the processing. Therefore the software development comes in three parts:

  • The Arduino software, for physically controlling the LEDs and detection circuit on the board
  • The communication protocol between the Arduino and Raspberry Pi
  • The Raspberry Pi software, creating a functioning webserver with an online UI.

I have completed the first two modules, leaving the Pi server as the last task in this project. You can find source code for my Arduino libraries Chess (for controlling the board hardware) and ChessSerial (for handling Serial communications with the Pi) at https://github.com/bengineer19/chess

IoT Chess Board

I recently undertook a month of work experience at Vitec, one half of which consisted of me shadowing engineers in their jobs and spending time in each department – mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, software, testing etc.
The other half of the time, I was allowed to use the company’s resources to build a project of my choice.

I chose to build an IoT chess board; a physical chess board that interfaces with online chess. Details can be found here.

My full project report can be found here.