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by amigaholic
Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Compatible fan and heat sinks for the official case
Replies: 4
Views: 5191

Re: Compatible fan and heat sinks por the official case

I mounted a 40mm 5v fan to the inside of the white lid of the official Pi case. The fan I used was a Noctua NF-A4 FLX 5V. This is a very high-quality product. It's not a silent fan, though. I don't think anyone produces a truly silent fan of this size, and I don't think you can fit a 50mm fan in the...
by amigaholic
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: What size fan will fit over official case's top HAT opening?
Replies: 1
Views: 1917

Re: What size fan will fit over official case's top HAT open

I have an old Pi1 model B in a ModMyPi case. This particular case has 7 holes in the bottom (one central hole and 6 surrounding it) for ventilation purposes. I recently bought a Pi3 with the official case and power supply, for running Lakka for game console emulation. I used the bottom of the ModMyP...
by amigaholic
Thu Oct 01, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is it bigger on the inside...?
Replies: 11
Views: 1590

Re: Is it bigger on the inside...?

Doesn't the NOOBS image mostly just contain compressed partial-installers, installing the base OS from the compressed image on the card, and then pulling the majority of additional packages from the apt-get repositories during installation?
by amigaholic
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

CrashPlan's Linux installer is actually quite stupid. It makes no attempt to acknowledge which architecture your Linux system is running, and just blindly assumes you're using an x86/x64 setup. Which of course will mean ARM devices like the Pi can't run it. But don't quit quite yet. You just need to...
by amigaholic
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:55 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: All in one
Replies: 1
Views: 635

Re: All in one

I've got two Pis in (primary and backup), hosting Active Directory duties split between the two, and DHCP primary and secondary functions between the two. One of them (a Pi 2) runs Serviio, a media server package, and has a 3TB USB hard drive attached. My Pi runs headless. Attached to my TV is a PS3...
by amigaholic
Tue May 12, 2015 2:17 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Which Upnp Server
Replies: 5
Views: 14489

Re: Which Upnp Server

My Pi runs Serviio, which is Java-based, and is happy to perform transcoding (though the Pi2 is a bit underpowered for that, to be honest). Does a good job of automatically indexing your content, too, and it's happy to stream full-HD Blu-Ray disc rips, DVDs, music, and pictures. It's easy to install...
by amigaholic
Mon May 11, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry MRTG limitation
Replies: 2
Views: 1657

Re: Raspberry MRTG limitation

I run Cacti on my Pi2 at home (I run a Cisco router, switch, and wireless access point). I use it to tell me things like the ADSL SNR, line attenuation, calculated maximum download/upload speeds, actual bandwidth usage, memory and processor usage. It also tells me how many clients are connected, and...
by amigaholic
Tue May 05, 2015 12:12 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Need help with bitorrent speed issues
Replies: 18
Views: 3186

Re: Need help with bitorrent speed issues

Seems harsh to say I'm wrong. Not everyone's setup is the same as your own. What other USB devices do you have powered directly from your Pi? What happens to the hard disk's power supply if you connect something else to the integrated USB ports that requires a fair chunk of power too? What if the Pi...
by amigaholic
Tue May 05, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Need help with bitorrent speed issues
Replies: 18
Views: 3186

Re: Need help with bitorrent speed issues

I'd always recommend using a powered USB hub to run a hard disk off, rather than run it directly from the Pi's own USB power. Or, use an external hard disk that comes with its own power supply unit (i.e. WD MyBook series). I know the new ARMv7-powered Pi2 seems to handle powered USB disks better tha...
by amigaholic
Mon May 04, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Playstation 2 case questions
Replies: 2
Views: 2491

Re: Playstation 2 case questions

I am working on a retropie system and my first case idea got scrapped (to small for cords, power supply, ect. So decided to buy a old PS 2 for $10 bucks See if you can get a dead PS2 (dead due to motherboard failure). If you have a live one, donate it to a children's hospital or something, as these...
by amigaholic
Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:16 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: KVM?
Replies: 16
Views: 5939

Re: KVM?

I am pretty sure your friend meant virtualization . KVM means Kernel-based virtual machine. Except when it means "keyboard, video & mouse". This. You can use a RPi as a KVM server, no problem. You can even use one as a platform to browse to the web admin interfaces of an HP iLO or Dell iDRAC platfo...
by amigaholic
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspbian boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Raspbian boot problem

Thanks for that Dougie - I'll have another go at this when I get home. Fingers crossed!
by amigaholic
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:13 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspbian boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Raspbian boot problem

What kernel version are you running? I found a firmware bug that prevents a USB root fs being mounted. https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware/issues/374 Have you got an initramfs? Have you got rootdelay=5 in /boot/cmdline.txt? I've no idea what kernel version I'm running - will need to look tonigh...
by amigaholic
Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspbian boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Re: Raspbian boot problem

1) The Pi boots off the Raspbian image on the SD card just fine; it's just that it no longer boots when I tell it to boot from my USB hard disk instead (a setup which has worked up until yesterday on my Pi 2, and in fact is still working on my original Pi B...) 2) The power supply is fine; it's the ...
by amigaholic
Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:23 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspbian boot problem
Replies: 6
Views: 1047

Raspbian boot problem

Hello, Quick bit of background info: I have a Pi 2 running Raspbian. The Pi boots from the SD card, but the root FS is on a 2.5in USB SATA2 hard disk drive. The USB disk is attached to a powered USB hub. The Pi 2 is powered using an official Raspberry Pi power supply unit. I came home from work toda...
by amigaholic
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

Streaming from the Pi and backing up to the Pi simultaneously should be fine (each traffic stream goes in a different direction, and should flow simultaneously, assuming your Pi's network card is running at full duplex). That isn't quite true. The link speed may be full duplex (level 2), but TCP tr...
by amigaholic
Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:52 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

Streaming from the Pi and backing up to the Pi simultaneously should be fine (each traffic stream goes in a different direction, and should flow simultaneously, assuming your Pi's network card is running at full duplex). However, if you're restoring data and watching streaming media at the same time...
by amigaholic
Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:42 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Case for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?
Replies: 22
Views: 26643

Re: Case for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B?

The case I ordered from RS was identical to this case , which doesn't look like it would be problematic but multiple reports to RS and similar reports to users at Reddit make the issue hard to ignore. I have that case fitted - unmodified - to my Pi 2. I *HATE* how fiddly it is to fit (and believe i...
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Transcoding in hardware?
Replies: 4
Views: 2107

Re: Transcoding in hardware?

I didn't expect it to be able to manage a BluRay rip in software, even with four overclocked cores - my desktop PC can manage to convert MKV to MP4 at around 35fps (using Handbrake), and that's a Core i5-2500K, and I'm not even using all that much in the way of compression. So it takes more than an ...
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:05 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

USB2 is fast enough for media streaming purposes. Don't worry about USB3, but remember that USB3 drives are backwardly-compatible with USB2 controllers - i.e. don't go out of your way to get a USB2 drive if all you can get are USB3 drives - the USB3 drives will work with the Pi, but they will work a...
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Transcoding in hardware?
Replies: 4
Views: 2107

Re: Transcoding in hardware?

Oh - worth noting that I built ffmpeg from source on the Pi2, and it is transcoding in software, but using multiple threads. It maxes out all four cores if I tell it to use that many, and still stutters. I restrict it to three. I haven't tried overclocking my Pi2, and don't want to risk it until I c...
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Transcoding in hardware?
Replies: 4
Views: 2107

Transcoding in hardware?

Hello, I'm using Serviio on my Pi 2 to stream media to any DLNA client in my house. Works like a charm for most things, but only if I encode the video into .MP4 format (MPEG2 video, AC3 audio) using Handbrake on my PC first. And even then, when I say "most things", that doesn't mean "all things" ......
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: PlusberryPi - Upgrading the living room
Replies: 17
Views: 7566

Re: PlusberryPi - Upgrading the living room

Are these available for general sale now? If so, where from?

I'm looking for a case that will seriously declutter my Pi 2 setup, and this looks exactly like what I need. I got two Pi, I'll buy two Plusberries - if I can find where to buy them!
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:37 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

Oh - totally forgot to mention - my Pi 2 also runs CrashPlan, acting as an automated backup agent for my PCs at home, and my parents' PCs over the Internet. I don't know about Pi/TimeMachine compatibility, but CrashPlan has a Mac version. CrashPlan is *easy* to use. You don't need to back up to the ...
by amigaholic
Tue Mar 10, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server
Replies: 25
Views: 13788

Re: Raspberry Pi 2 as replacement for server

I had built myself a Windows Server 2003 system at home using an old AMD Sempron-based x86 motherboard, some spare RAM, and a couple of hard drives. The system was noisy and slow, and couldn't be left on 24x7 because of the power drain. A bit of a pain considering it was acting as an Active Director...

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