While a variety of displays are available for the Pi, few are as versatile and flexible as this official Raspberry Pi product. But if you ordered one, you might not know how to proceed. How to connect a Raspberry Pi touch screen to a Raspberry Pi computer?
What’s in your pi?
However, if you have a standard Raspberry Pi model B, B+, 2, or 3, you can use the Raspberry Pi touch screen with this device.
We will now continue learning how to attach a 7″ Raspberry Pi touch display to a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 board.
Leave the protective film in place!
One thing you shouldn’t do until your Pi and your touchscreen display is properly wired and connected is to remove the protective film that’s already applied to the display. It might look unsightly, but it doesn’t matter at this stage — the important thing is that you can protect your new touchscreen device from any scratches and scratches that may occur during the connection process.
So do yourself a favor and leave the protective film in place for a little longer!
Update your pi
You need to make sure your Raspberry Pi is properly configured to use the touchscreen before connecting devices. To do this, boot up your Raspberry Pi and enter the following commands in the terminal, waiting for each to complete before typing the following:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-ui-mods sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-net-mods
This will ensure that all the correct drivers and interface software applications are installed before connecting the touch screen display.
With these updates installed, we can get to work. Time to get out your toolkit!
Connect display board to touch display
Take extra precautions before connecting your Pi to a touch screen. You must either leave the display in the box, but face down so that the touchscreen rests on the foam wrap, or lay it face down on a towel on a table.
Then check if the display board is connected to the orange ribbon cable and the display. In older boxes, you will have to do this manually; our new box, with these components already linked.
The orange ribbon cable connects at two locations on the display board; the narrow end connects to the Panel 1 connector, which has a small clip that will need to be undone before the tape can be inserted and tightened again. The wider tape connects to the other side, to the connector labeled Panel 2, in the same way. Use four spacers to attach the display board to the back of the display and you’re good to go.