I'm a Raspberry Pi noob, and accidentally purchased a 26-pin Pi Cobbler - then realised I have the newer 40-pin Raspberry Pi Model B.

The 26-pin cobbler won't physically fit on the GPIO board due to its size. But assuming I'm able to file down one corner of the cobbler to make it fit without damaging the GPIO board, would I still be able to use the 26-pin cobbler?

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I obviously won't have access to the new pins, but will it break anything to just use the available 26 pins?

  • I think it will work,as long as you don't file off the wires, or cause a short Mar 13, 2015 at 15:45

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Yes, it will work. The only exceptions are as you already noted that you won't have the extra 14 pins. Adafruit even sells a cable that does this without any modifications.

Adafruit included this:

"Even though the 'top 26 pins' are still compatible pinouts, IDC cables have a bit of a thicker part and the ends, so it will bump into the #27 and #28'th pins when you try to plug it in. If you're desperate, you can cut those two pins with diagonal cutters."

in their "Introducing the Raspberry Pi Model B+ post." Though I would not suggest cutting the pins no matter how desperate.

Some other options:

  • swapping out the 26 pin idc connector for a 40 pin version on one end of the cable,
  • cutting the pins out of a 40 pin stacking header.
  • Thanks for the tip. I'd just buy the correct one, but postage to Australia is crazy Mar 11, 2015 at 21:55
  • have you tried, eBay or one of the China outlets? Mar 11, 2015 at 21:58
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    yeah good idea. I'm definitely planning to attack the $7 cobbler rather than the RPi itself! Mar 11, 2015 at 22:08
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    One more tip be careful cutting that corner if you go to deep it won't latch any longer. Mar 11, 2015 at 22:18
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    You could make your own cable. I used an old 40 pin PATA HD cable, removed 14 wires and put a 26 pin IDC connector (Jaycar ~$2.50)
    – Milliways
    Mar 11, 2015 at 22:22

Note that filing the corner will probably damage the connector, so that the upper clip holding the wires in place will no longer hold firmly. Here's a similar connector with the clip detached, to make it clear what I'm talking about:

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If you don't stress the cable (e.g. your RPi is sitting on your TV table and you touch it once a month), there will be no negative impact. For harsher environments (e.g. car projects), I strongly recommend you to get a compatible cable, or cut the pins off the GPIO so that your current cable fits unmodified.

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    yeah I ended up biting the bullet and purchasing the correct cable. Stupid noob mistake! Nov 10, 2016 at 22:04

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