I've only had my pi for a few days, but already I clumsily broke it. I went to plug it in but my thumb was in the wrong place so when I tried to force the charger into the micro-usb socket, this small cylindrical part snapped off. It has 2E 220 16H labeled on the top of it. I'm not anywhere close to being an expert with computers (I got the raspberry pi, in fact, to help me learn) so I'm not sure what this part does.
Is this part vital? Can the pi operate without it? Or is there an easy way to fix it?
If not, do the retailers have warranties or something to replace the pi?
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It's the main reservoir capacitor for the power supply. If you have a good power supply, you may well find your Raspberry Pi will work absolutely fine without it (Dom snapped his off his beta board about six seconds after we gave it to him, and it's still going strong).
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Hello rhinebuddy i had the same problem as you i was worried that it was the end but firstly anyway did you by any chance drop it or stand on it anyway mine don it aswell but firstly it tilted to the left then i taped it on then when i took the tape of it came off but then i came here i feel really embarrased that i cried lol anyway thanks liz