While the Argon ONE case was designed to be as simple and as accessible as possible, there are some necessary steps that could be potentially missed and ignored. This guide tries to be as comprehensive as possible to provide additional details to help users understand our product better.
- Connect Raspberry Pi to HDMI-Audio Board through the HDMI and Audio Ports of the Pi. Make sure the board is pushed in as far as possible. This is how all the ports are kept on one side.
- Stick the thermal silicon pad (blue pad) on the square protrusion of the case. The thicker pad is for the 3 B model while the thinner pad is for the 3 B+ model.
- Carefully connect the Raspberry Pi GPIO to the power and cooling board. The pi is properly connected when the pi is even. This allows the power and cooling board to provide power to the Raspberry Pi.
- Use shorter flat head screws to fasten Raspberry Pi and HDMI-Audio Board assembly to top case, ensuring that the assembly is properly placed in. This is important to do because the board can be easily displaced, affecting the connection of the HDMI port.
- Use longer round head screws to fasten the bottom cover, making sure that the case is properly closed
- Place rubber footings on the case. You can find the footings on the black pad that comes with the case. This prevents the case from slipping on smooth surfaces.
- Insert SD Card in the SD card slot. Never insert the SD card into the Pi before placing the case’s bottom. The bottom can apply potential on the SD card and potentially break the SD card.
Insert HDMI and power supply. This powers the pi and uses it as a computer.
How to install Argon ONE Power Button and Fan Control
One important thing to note when assembling the case is that the Power Button and Fan do not instantly work properly upon assembly. For this guide, it is important that you install the latest version of Raspbian, as it is one of the OSes that can currently use the Fan, Power Button, and GPIO pins to their full potential.
- Connect to the internet. You can do that by connecting an ethernet cable to the ethernet port or by using the wifi of the Raspberry Pi.
- Open Terminal in Raspbian.
- Type the text below in the Terminal to initiate the installation of Argon ONE script. If you’ve done this correctly, you should see the icons appear on your Raspbian desktop as a result of the installation.
- Once installed, the desktop should look like this:
- Reboot the pi.
Argon ONE Power Button Functions
The process above will automatically install the configuration that will activate the Argon ONE Power Button with the following functions:
- Pressing the power button while the Pi is off will turn on the Pi.
- Pressing the power button for at least 3 seconds while the Pi is on will safely shutdown the Pi and turn it off. This is indicated by the green LED blinking.
- Pressing the power button for less than 3 seconds while the Pi is on will do nothing.
- Pressing the power button twice while the Pi is on will reboot the Pi. This is indicated by the green LED blinking.
- Pressing the power button for at least 5 seconds while the Pi is on will force shutdown the Pi. This is indicated by the sudden stopping of the Pi.
Argon ONE Fan Speed
Upon installation of the Argon ONE script by default, the settings of the Argon ONE cooling system are as follows:
- When the CPU temperature is at 55 C, the fan will run at 10% of its maximum speed
- When the CPU temperature is at 60 C, the fan will run at 55% of its maximum speed
- When the CPU temperature is at 65 C, the fan will run at 100% of its maximum speed
However, you may change or configure the FAN to your desired settings by clicking the Argon ONE Config icon on your Desktop.
You may also configure the fan via Terminal by typing:
It is possible to customize when the fan changes temperature and what speed the fan runs at. To exit the menu, press Escape and Enter after that.
To check if the fan is running, feel the top of the case. Any sound from the fan will cause vibrations. If any vibrations are felt, that means that the fan is running.
Uninstalling Argon ONE Script
To uninstall the Argon ONE script, you may do so by clicking the Argon ONE Uninstall icon on your Desktop.
You may also remove the script via Terminal by typing:
Once uninstalled, the desktop should look like this:
Always reboot after changing any configuration or uninstallation for the revised settings to take effect.