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by LTolledo
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Trying to find a way to make my ideal NAS/Media Server
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: Trying to find a way to make my ideal NAS/Media Server

What size (capacity, form factor) of drives that you have? I've been making RPi based (and other SBC based) NAS since I got my first RPi2Bv1.2 (my very first RPi was RPi3B). used only 2 file formats, EXT4 (70%) and NTFS (30%), that means most of my NAS drives are formatted as EXT4. and also I have a...
by LTolledo
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Current news vs Pi production
Replies: 31
Views: 728

Re: Current news vs Pi production

WoW! could be the next trend....

am inclined going for the Darth Vader style mask.... :lol:
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi 4 black TV screen after some time
Replies: 9
Views: 189

Re: Pi 4 black TV screen after some time

screen blanking in action....?

it was not functional prior to recent upgrade... even after setting it in config.txt
and now asserting itself after the recent upgrade....

I've just confirmed this on my RPi4B-4G desktop connected to HDMI monitor...
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Use of multiple GPIO pins
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Use of multiple GPIO pins

if sensors are to be connected via I2C and/or SPI then those can be cascaded.

if all 32 (or more) sensors are non I2C nor SPI, signal multiplexing is another possible avenue to explore (ran across some here in the forum, and YT).
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Current news vs Pi production
Replies: 31
Views: 728

Re: Current news vs Pi production

While there have been no confirmed cases (AFAIK) of 2019-nCoV virus transmission via objects ... the scare does raise some concern about any wares originating from anywhere in China.... and that includes electronics like the RPi boards,it accessories and related items (packaging and all).... ...and ...
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Help with watching MP-4 movies on Pi-3B
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Re: Help with watching MP-4 movies on Pi-3B

One of my RPi desktop is a RPi3B (PiTopRPi3B) still running Raspbian Stretch Full Desktop I mainly use Kodi to play videos of all playable formats (.avi, .mp4, .mkv, .ogg, etc) also used VLC from time to time (windowed or full screen) but definitely the first ever movie player I've used with the RPi...
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Raspberry pi 4 (4giga) and Processing
Replies: 2
Views: 76

Re: Raspberry pi 4 (4giga) and Processing

can you elaborate a little bit further?
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Photo Editing Software on Pi3B+
Replies: 5
Views: 135

Re: Photo Editing Software on Pi3B+

Been using Gimp ever since I started with my first RPi3B with Jessie.
On this RPi3B+ with Stretch I've got Gimp 2.8 running fine...

all the images that I've posted in the forum were edited (cropped, scaled, change file type) using Gimp
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Long period of downtime
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: Long period of downtime

I have 2 RPiA+ (not 3A+) which are only activated during the Christmas holidays (christmas decor, using 8x64 led matrix) both ares still using Jessie microSDs are 8GB class10 (Kingston and Transcend) did not gave me any problems at start up for the last 2 years... ;) the 2 units were not powered in-...
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Installing the latest Arduino IDE
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Re: Installing the latest Arduino IDE

Note there's just been a recent 1.8.11 version released; simply replace 1.8.10 with 1.8.11 in the previous instructions to install it. However ... 1.8.11 is noticeably slower, for start up, and in responsiveness. :o Wow! thanks for the info.... will hold on installing this version in the mean time....
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: best (fastest) storage option
Replies: 2
Views: 91

Re: best (fastest) storage option

For "local" or direct connection to a single RPi unit, the fastest storage option are flash based USB 3.0 devices... like SSDs connected via USB3.0 port. On my current setup one of my NAS is based on RPi2Bv1.2, with a 4TB HDD connected to USB2.0 port via SATA to USB3.0 adapter, was able to "serve" u...
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Current news vs Pi production
Replies: 31
Views: 728

Re: Current news vs Pi production

We are talking about the latest CoronaVirus affecting humans across China,....
So.... the "issue" here is.... Corona Virus transmission via RPi boards? :shock:
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: How to power up external Hard Disk
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: How to power up external Hard Disk

I just got myself one of these, its a HDD enclosure for 2 x 3.5" HDD, and hardware configurable as RAID unit.
HDD-RAIDbox.jpg
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will test this on the weekend when my HDDs arrive for my new RPi4B-2G NAS project (v3.0).
by LTolledo
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Case FAN : should it suck, or should it blow ?
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Case FAN : should it suck, or should it blow ?

I always set my fans to blow air on to the heatsink (on top of the IC/SoC) that I want to cool. if you dont want dust to be included in the airflow (from both methods), I suggest sticking a range hood filter paper on the "suction side" of the fan. reference image below: RPi2B_NAS_v3.0.jpg or use a h...
by LTolledo
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: HDMI to DVI-D + analog audio adaptor?
Replies: 6
Views: 150

Re: HDMI to DVI-D + analog audio adaptor?

am only using this:
HDMItoDVI.jpg
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together with regular HDMI cable.
my monitor has audio speakers and line out.
so even if I use HDMI cable with the HDMI to DVI adapter, there is sound emanating from the monitor speakers
by LTolledo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 NAS based raspbian (OMV + other…)
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 NAS based raspbian (OMV + other…)

Nice pics of your project!
glad you have it working according to your requirements. :D

I've also done several NAS projects with the RPi
the latest build (RPi4B based) is in the link below.
https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... S#p1541272
by LTolledo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: RPI4 Back Solder Pads
Replies: 5
Views: 225

Re: RPI4 Back Solder Pads

On my RPi4B-2G NAS I supplied power via TP1 (5v) and TP7 (Gnd), using AWG20 wire
RPi4B-2Gpowerin.jpg
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by LTolledo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Problems mounting Windows Shared drive
Replies: 8
Views: 209

Re: Problems mounting Windows Shared drive

lets get this straight, the network drive is shared by a w$ system (server) the network drive is to be mounted on a RPi with Raspbian (client) the network drive permissions set to full control to everyone Raspbian produces errors (password error) when trying to mount the w$ share drive... are the co...
by LTolledo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: 120V Source to GPIO pin question
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: 120V Source to GPIO pin question

Maybe I would be better with a relay to send a signal to my GPIO pin? Any suggestion for a relay to use in this situation? Automatic garage door light energizes relay which then closes contact wired to GPIO pin. a 120v coil rated mini relay is up for the job (like the Omron G2R-2 or MY4N) to be con...
by LTolledo
Sat Jan 25, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Soldering / lost some contact pads. Would soldering to a padless hole still work?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Soldering / lost some contact pads. Would soldering to a padless hole still work?

Hmmm... the gruesomeness seemed cleaned up...IMO :mrgreen: I've encountered similar, but on a smaller number of pins (probably about 2x12) cleaned up the remaining solder on the holes using a solder wick if there are some traces that can be "salvaged" then I work on that. of course the use of a magn...
by LTolledo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Soldering / lost some contact pads. Would soldering to a padless hole still work?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Soldering / lost some contact pads. Would soldering to a padless hole still work?

can you post several pictures (in close up) of the GPIO pads in question?
by LTolledo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Multiple bluetooth speaker connection
Replies: 5
Views: 223

Re: Multiple bluetooth speaker connection

picture guide of what you need (you'll have to find something similar):
USB audio adapter.jpg
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audio Y-splitter.jpg
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bluetooth transmitter sample.jpg
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if you still don't understand.... just ask.
by LTolledo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: PAM8403 Amplifier Audio Hum
Replies: 19
Views: 3046

Re: PAM8403 Amplifier Audio Hum

1. get separate power supplies for the RPi and the PAM8403. 2. use shielded audio cables, with ferrite beads on both ends. 3. ground wires from each device must be connected to a single point only (star ground connection) .... dont loop the ground to all devices. 4. use a ground loop isolator or.......
by LTolledo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 w/ 2.5” HDD power supply question
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 w/ 2.5” HDD power supply question

Just for you.... I plugged my 2.5" Seagate 2TB HDD (in Orico Clear HDD Case USB3.0) to my spare RPi4B-2G's USB3.0 port. is connected to a DVI monitor via HDMI to DVI adapter with LAN connection via Ethernet cable keyboard and mouse connection (via KVM) on USB2.0 port powered by non-RPF 5.0 3.0A PSU ...
by LTolledo
Fri Jan 24, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Obvious, but you should not miss that!
Replies: 19
Views: 897

Re: Obvious, but you should not miss that!

The scenery displayed by Tolledo was a bit of exaggerated, isn't it? Only if you already understand the risks ! PeterO Nah, its a situation that happens, specially to some overeager/impatient newbies, as "reported" by them when they ask help why their RPi board "died". only to find out "something s...

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