Kali on the RaspberryPi with 3.5" LCD

So i have acquired myself a cheap Chinese 3.5" LCD display with Resistive Touch from aliexpress. So far so good, but it took me nearly a month to get a working current setup.

The Problem

The chinese vendor i got it from refers to a site called waveshare.com, which is so badly connected it never loaded here. So i google-cached the Site, found a file-name LCD-show.tar.gz, which of course also didn't load. So i set out to find the file, did so, and was baffled.

The Manufacturer provides only Linux Kernel 3.18 binary modules, no sources!

So i started checking what modules they loaded, and came onto notro's rpi firmware. Mildly out of date, but at least there is an issue that has to do with my display and people not getting it to work, since 2014!!

After reflashing that RPI's disk for the 40th time after soft-bricking the installation with an out-of-date RPI firmware and outdated kernel modules that panic'd the thing on boot, i found the solution.

How do i get it to work?

Well it's fairly easy, after reading a bunch of code and googling for yet another file, i stumbled upon swkim01's waveshare-dtoverlays GitHub repo, which makes the whole process as easy as copying the dtoverlay file into /boot/overlays/, add one line to /boot/config.txt, reboot and be done with it..

The Process

git clone https://github.com/swkim01/waveshare-dtoverlays.git
cp waveshare-dtoverlays/waveshare3(2b|5a)-overlay.dtb /boot/overlays/

Then adding the following to /boot/config.txt (depending on your display and needs):

3.2" LCD's /boot/config.txt with 270° rotation


3.5" LCD's /boot/config.txt with 90° rotation and having XY of touch swapped



After rebooting, my display lit up in black (if driver is not loaded it is only white) but didn't do much else. Adding the following lines to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/99-fbdev.conf (or create that file if you don't already have it from failed attempts):

Section "Device"
Identifier "myfb"
Driver "fbdev"
Option "fbdev" "/dev/fb1"

Then running FRAMEBUFFER=/dev/fb1 startx made it launch into X for the first time. YAY


After i had it running, i noticed that my mouse didn't appear where it should be, so if i touched (even with the pen that came with it), the position of the Event was off, so i figured out this approach to get it working for my 270° rotated setup.

You just have to put the driver's information into Xorg config. I put this part into /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/99-calibration.conf:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "calibration"
MatchProduct "ADS7846 Touchscreen"
Option "Calibration" "3869 178 3903 270"

If these do not work for you, install xinput-calibrator (apt-get install worked), and run it while having X open. It will yield at the end a configuration for you to put into the 99-calibration.conf.

Ideas for the future

I want to build a little Raspberry PI powered WiFi-Attack-Station. Basically plug it into a power-bank or into a wall-socket, wait for the GUI to appear and then either select a WiFi which it shall attack, or have it auto-attack everything around it. Currently writing a wrapper-script for aircrack-ng's cli tools that wraps the needed steps, after that i'll dig into GUI stuff, which i've never coded this way before. (Only VisualBasic back around 2000)

Happy hacking yourself!

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