I travel a lot and the HiFive goes with me.
I’ve had it for over a year and it’s only now I’ve finally come to build an SD card image and actually use the device.
The device does not boot - but what I have noticed is the power button, where it protrudes from the case, is missing; I presume at some point it came away from the device. It is lost; the spring remains.
I suspect the device is switched off : when the power lead is inserted, the fan spins up, but the power LED does not come on.
I’m at a loss for how to turn the device on. I’ve tried using a paperclip to push into the on/off switch block, but no luck.
A member of #riscv suggested shorting the power switch, so it was always on, which sounds like a solution but I’ve no idea how to achieve this. The power switch is a solid block with three pins emerging from the rear which descend into the PCB; if that is where or how a short would be effected, I do not know.
Link to a photo of the power block;