Did you know that ALL Raspberry Pi's are tested before they leave the factory? Therefore, a faulty Raspberry Pi is very rare indeed!
Below are the most common reasons for a Raspberry Pi Zero not to work as expected:
- Operating System (OS) - Only the latest OS release will work on the new Raspberry Pi Zero W. You can either grab a pre-installed MicroSD card from our store or download it from the Raspberry Pi website. (it will need to be a clean install, not booted from another model of Raspberry Pi, else it will not work)
- Power Supply - Whilst the Raspberry Pi Zero doesn't need a lot of power, a poor quality power supply or cable can cause endless problems. Avoid using a USB port on your computer/laptop! We recommend the official 5.1V 3A power supply
- SD Card - Unfortunately cheap and 'No name' SD cards are a false economy. The Raspberry Pi forums show many posts with troubled users having issues with their poor quality SD cards. We recommend Panasonic/Sandisk micro-SD cards for the Raspberry Pi - other cards can cause endless issues.