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by jondallimore
Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: playing and looping animated gif
Replies: 0
Views: 44

playing and looping animated gif

Hello,

I'm wanting to play an animated gif on the bottom half of a screen run by a pi 3 (top half has omxplayer running)
Is there an animated gif viewer similar to omx that I could run and set up using a cron job?

thanks
by jondallimore
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: omxplayer launched with cron
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: omxplayer launched with cron

cheers. will look into dbuscontrol.
without playlists Im vaguely thinking use something else now... perhaps smplayer.
by jondallimore
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: omxplayer launched with cron
Replies: 4
Views: 82

Re: omxplayer launched with cron

almost forgot - at the moment its only one video, but later there may be more - does OMX support playlists?
by jondallimore
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: omxplayer launched with cron
Replies: 4
Views: 82

omxplayer launched with cron

Hello, I am trying to run a video in omxplayer using cron to schedule it to start at 8am each morning. couple of questions: 1) is there any way to control the playback if launching from cron? I should mention the pi has no keyboard, I access it via VNC. When the cron job runs, no terminal window ope...
by jondallimore
Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: phone screen with Pi
Replies: 1
Views: 132

phone screen with Pi

Hello,

I have an old motorola g3 with broken internal memory.
Is it in any way feasable to take it to bits and use the touchscreen with a pi, or would it be a complete waste of time?
Answers on a postcard...

thanks
Jon
by jondallimore
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPIO State on shutdown
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: GPIO State on shutdown

how long a time delay am I likely to need? I'm now thinking a 555 monostable triggered by the GPIO pins going low, but if its only a couple of seconds I may get away with a simple resistor capacitor monostable running a transistor or mosfet
by jondallimore
Fri Nov 29, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPIO State on shutdown
Replies: 4
Views: 119

GPIO State on shutdown

Hello, I'm running a pi 3 from a battery on a robot tank. Thinking about a circuit to disconnnect the battery after the pi shuts down. Would I be right to assume that the GPIO pins are set to Low after shutdown? At what point in shutdown would they go Low? (ie would the shutdown be complete before t...
by jondallimore
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: setting resolution using VNC connection
Replies: 7
Views: 524

Re: setting resolution using VNC connection

that'll do. cheers
by jondallimore
Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: setting resolution using VNC connection
Replies: 7
Views: 524

setting resolution using VNC connection

Hello,

Is there any way to set the resolution on the Pi to match the resolution of the screen a VNC connection is running on?

And obviously to change it if connection comes from something different like a phone?

thanks
Jon
by jondallimore
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pan tilt hat GPIOs
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: pan tilt hat GPIOs

just found that myself. bloody useful, if a pain in the backside that I'll have to use different pins for my motor driver.

thanks
by jondallimore
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pan tilt hat GPIOs
Replies: 3
Views: 254

pan tilt hat GPIOs

Hello,

I have a pan tilt hat like this one: https://thepihut.com/products/pan-tilt-hat

does anyone know which GPIO pins it uses specifically, so that I can solder some header pins onto the unused contacts.

thanks
Jon
by jondallimore
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Battery Uptime
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: Battery Uptime

bash script with cronjob works.
running the battery down is fine, it has protection built in.
thanks
by jondallimore
Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Battery Uptime
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Battery Uptime

Hello,

I'm testing a battery with a pi 3 - intention is to run it flat and see how long it will power the pi for.

Is there an easy way to see uptime on the pi AFTER the battery dies and I plug it into the mains again?
by jondallimore
Wed Oct 16, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: running pi 3 off L298N 5v regulator
Replies: 1
Views: 145

running pi 3 off L298N 5v regulator

Hello, I have an L298N motor driver board, which also has a 5v regulator built in.

Will a 5v reg on one of these boards give enough current to run a Pi 3?

thanks
Jon
by jondallimore
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which is better for power?
Replies: 26
Views: 1504

Re: Which is better for power?

so with this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/6-24V-12V-24V-to-5V-3A-Car-USB-Charger-Module-DC-Buck-step-down-Converter-L1Z2/123809634140?epid=2223332155&hash=item1cd3a1175c:g:TrgAAOSwUGxda7R5 I would simply solder on some wires at the back end, chuck anything from 6V to 24V through it, and get 5v 3A...
by jondallimore
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which is better for power?
Replies: 26
Views: 1504

Re: Which is better for power?

with the buck converters, am I right in thinking they dont need any surrounding circuitry to be built?
simply chuck voltage in one end and get 5v out the other end?
by jondallimore
Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which is better for power?
Replies: 26
Views: 1504

Re: Which is better for power?

i actually have a sealed lead acid batt sat around, 6v. might have a play about with that.
by jondallimore
Sat Sep 28, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which is better for power?
Replies: 26
Views: 1504

Re: Which is better for power?

hmmm.

Im building a tank which will run off 7.2v but could run off 9v... perhaps a LM7805 would be good enough with an old heatsink I have kicking about to provide 5V for the pi (since I have some in the cupboard).
If that kicks out too much toastyness, I'll look at buying something in.
by jondallimore
Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which is better for power?
Replies: 26
Views: 1504

Which is better for power?

To power a Pi 3: Would it be better to use 4 x 1.2v rechargable batteries to give a total of 4.8v or 5 x 1.2 rechargables to give 6v, and a voltage regulator to take it down to 5v? Also, can anyone suggest a suitable charging protection circuit to allow the batteries to recharge when a standard powe...
by jondallimore
Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Motor Driver Board
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Motor Driver Board

ta, found the same thing on amazon - 5 for £11.99
:)
by jondallimore
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Motor Driver Board
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Motor Driver Board

and... does anyone know of a cheaper version that would run 2A motors?
by jondallimore
Fri Sep 27, 2019 11:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Motor Driver Board
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Motor Driver Board

Hello,

Would this motor driver board work with a Pi, or is it Arduino only?

https://thepihut.com/products/mdv-2x2a- ... ller-l298n
by jondallimore
Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPIO access with Pi 4 Flirc Case
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

Re: GPIO access with Pi 4 Flirc Case

ok, so not easy but it can be done? or not easy, dont even bother trying?
by jondallimore
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: GPIO access with Pi 4 Flirc Case
Replies: 10
Views: 1004

GPIO access with Pi 4 Flirc Case

Hello,

Has anyone used the flirc case for the Pi 4 - How easy is it to get a breakout cable to the GPIO?

thanks
Jon
by jondallimore
Sat Aug 24, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Motor controller board
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: Motor controller board

wiser wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:09 pm
Will a raspberry pi and 4 AA batteries together be enough to light the motor controller board up?
You've already tried with 4 AA batteries. I would use at least 8 AA's, but preferably a li-po battery from an rc car (12v again).
Or the board could be fried.

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