Raspberry Pi micro PC delayed by manufacturing problems

The super-budget micro PC has been delayed, due to the wrong jack being soldered to the circuit boards. Doh!

A hiccup in the production of the Raspberry Pi computer means eager punters may have to wait to get their hands on the eagerly awaited £22 micro PC.

The wrong type of networking jack was soldered onto some of the circuit boards, stopping the credit card-sized computer from connecting to a network. Community manager Liz Upton wrote on the company's blog: "Where we'd specified jacks with integrated magnetics in the BOM and schematics, the factory soldered in non-magnetic jacks.

"No magnetics means no network connection. We've known about this for four days now, but we haven't been able to tell you about it because it meant we had to do some further tests to make sure that nothing else was affected." Blast.

It's only a minor problem, but does mean batches may be delayed. So if you want to buy the micro PC, you may be in for a bit of a wait. If you go to the Shop section of the site now, you'll be met with a note saying it's down for maintenance.

The Raspberry Pi PC sold out the morning it went on sale. The model B comes with two USB 2.0 ports, 256MB RAM, an Ethernet port, and an HDMI socket -- all for just £21.60. The processor is 700MHz, so don't expect it to run the latest games, but it'll handle word processing with no problem, and even output Full HD video to your TV. And all for the price of a new Blu-ray.

The computer runs Linux, and is aimed at educating kids in computer science. You can find out more in our video below.


Hopefully this is just a hiccup and it shouldn't be too long before things are back on track. Have you bought one? Or will you be joining the queue? Let me know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page.

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