User Guide for new USB Drivers and Ethernet


I’m on 3B+, and as I mentioned, the LEDs light up for me, but they’re barely visible (can’t see them unless it’s dark).


Hi, no, your’s isn’t a fluke. The Ethernet lights are wired differently on the 3B+ (they seem to be on data lines rather than power lines with a gate connected to the data lines, if i’m not mistaken) and they are lighting up, just very dimly. I’m still not sure why.


Could be the reason i saw them. I have a non-Plus; That would explain it.


The Pi B+ replaced the large amount of components that used to handle power with a new power control chip. Because it replaced so many parts in the lower-left part of the board, it ultimately reduced the cost of the power system according to RPT. (RPT = Raspberry Pi (Trading))

However, my theory is that the original design with the large amount of components had a switch which routed power to the Ethernet LEDs by using a digital gate. With the switch to the new Power chip, they couldn’t do that anymore, and connected it to the data lines directly.

However, what doesn’t make sense about this is that Windows 10 is super dim. If it was only a rewiring, why wouldn’t the lights be dim on Raspbian? Any distribution? I suspect that maybe there is a driver which boosted power to the Ethernet lights or said to apply more power on the data channels that isn’t getting set on our Windows 10 drivers. I could, of course, be absolutely wrong.


It’s definitely a + or not + thing, and i’ve been poking around with my multimeter to see where things go. It seems so far they go to the CPU directly, but i have no idea what’s going on so far.


Are we only running on one core?
System Information report written at: 02/14/19 13:27:20
System Name: PI-3B-PLUS
[System Summary]

Item Value
OS Name Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
Version 10.0.18334 Build 18334
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name PI-3B-PLUS
System Manufacturer Sony
System Model 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3B+ (rev. A020D3)
System Type ARM64-based PC
System SKU 0000000000A020D3
Processor BCM2837 A*RMv8, 1400 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
Processor BCM2837 ARMv8, 0 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
Processor BCM2837 ARMv8, 0 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
Processor BCM2837 ARMv8, 0 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Raspberry Pi 64-bit UEFI (10cd4d1 on 01/16/2019), 1/16/2019
SMBIOS Version 3.2
Embedded Controller Version 255.255
BaseBoard Manufacturer Sony
BaseBoard Product 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3B+ (rev. A020D3)
BaseBoard Version 64-bit Raspberry Pi 3B+ (rev. A020D3)


No - open Task Manager, go to second tab in Details view, right-click the CPU graph and choose View -> Logical processors.


Thanks! Thought I was going crazy LOL


Windows self-activates and we don’t know why

That’s a Caveat? XD
Although, mine doesn’t do that.
Also, does anyone know of a way to change the screen resolution?
1080p is nice but I’d like to see how the system is at 720p

How do I change the display resolution?

Yes, you can overclock the PI using the config.txt file


If you plug your SD card into your PC you should be able to go into the boot partition and change the config.txt contents, I do it all the time

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It only has self-activated once Ethernet/WiFi is connected.


I had it plugged in, turns out I was because I had windows 10 home, not pro, after running troubleshoot it discovered that and upgraded the system


Does anyone know how I can upgrade windows on a 16gb sd card I have no programs installed but it keeps failing


16gb is a little small, but could you give us some more info on your setup? It could be your version or something.


I’m on build 17134 I’ve installed the other updates such as adobe and defenders etc I just can’t get the main on to install


What does it show on your display?


All about overclocking

It seems to be working fine. What’s the problem, no internet?