The Raspberry Pi 3 overheated and stopped working

Posted By on May 25, 2016

The Raspberry Pi 3 acting as the American Pi Apache server may have over heated last week. I detected a slow and steady rise in processor temperatures near the time it flickered the monitor on and off three times before it gave up the ghost (solid red light only); it was over 70 degrees Celsius 24/7 by that time even with the heatsinks … even without as load. I should have known something was up.

I fidgeted with a couple of Micro SD card since the solid red light without any green like activity indicates an SD reading problem … but was pretty sure it was not a corrupted card (it was not). After picking up another Pi 3 ($29+ Tax) and setting a new static IP, everything was back as it should be. I’ll be interested to see if there are any other complaints or problems with overheating Raspberry Pi 3s?


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