Calibrating a 5″ Raspberry Pi touchscreen in Jessie

Previously, I posted about a 5″ touchscreen for the Raspberry Pi.

But I did not mention calibrating the touchscreen.

After a week’s holiday, I came back and sorted this fairly easily.

I was using Raspbian Jessie from NOOBS 1.8

First I installed a new utility:

sudo apt-get install xinput-calibrator


To calibrate the touchscreen, go to the menu>preferences>select “Calibrate touchscreen”

Touch each of the red crosses on the screen in turn, then cut and paste the resulting snippet to the following file by using this command:

sudo nano /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/98-calibration.conf

(this will create a new file and open it for editing)

My entries are below:

Section “InputClass”

Identifier “calibration”

MatchProduct “ADS7846 Touchscreen”

Option “Calibration” “120 3970 205 3920” #(enter your numbers here)

Option “SwapAxes” “0”


Ctrl-O to save, Crtl-x to exit, and then reboot, and your pointer should follow your finger correctly!

Orange Pi One

This is just a quick and dirty guide to getting the Orange Pi One up and running.

First steps:

  1. DON’T connect a microUSB charger to the MicroUSB port. That port is for USB On the go only, i.e. for connecting flash drives etc.
  2. You will need a 5V power supply with a 4mm x 1.7mm barrel connector, centre positive. I used a USB to barrel connector lead, and a Samsung USB charger, which can easily supply 2A. Apparently PSP chargers work as well.
  3. You will need an SDcard for the OS. At least 8GB and preferably at least class 4. A fast one is recommended, apparently the Opi1 may not boot with a slower one.
  4. EDITED:I have since found that some class 10 cards will not work with the OPi1 or even the Raspberry Pi. I used class 4 Kingston 8GB cards, and they work perfectly with both.
  5. If you power on the OPi1 without a properly set up SDcard, nothing will happen, except that the LEDs on the Ethernet port will light. THIS IS NORMAL.
  6. Prepare the SDcard. I followed this excellent guide:
  7. Once connected up with a valid Boot image, the Ethernet port LEDs light up, followed after a pause of about 20 seconds by the red LED and then the green one will flicker as the system loads. (note on some boards the green LED lights first)
  8. Note: I noticed that if the Ethernet port is not connected, it takes a lot longer to start up.

I have added a Youtube video showing a working Orange Pi One  (and a faulty one)

5″ touchscreen for a Raspberry Pi

Recently bought a Generic 5″ touchscreen from AliExpress.

Model number ZC37200

resolution 800×480

XPT2046 touch controller.

Excellent quality, but getting it working was a bit of a trial.

Many of the tutorials out there are misleading, outdated, or just plain wrong.

This is what I did:


First (easy part), connect it all up, and install Raspbian from NOOBS 1.8.

Either open a terminal or from another PC:

ssh pi@<IP address of your pi>

First the easy part, we get the screen working with a full display.

Because these small screens will only display at native resolution, you may get a partial screen display, or a distorted one.

You need to force native resolution, in the case of the 5” display, that is 800×480.

edit /boot/config.txt

sudo nano /boot/config.txt

edit these lines as follows:

# uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output
# uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (here we are forcing 800x480)
hdmi_cvt 800 480 60 6 0 0 0

The next step is to enable the touchscreen.

In the same file, remove the # from this line:


and add this line:


save and reboot, everything worked!

Next we need to calibrate it, but I need more time to work that one out, will post in the next few days.