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by BogoMax
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:24 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: SD Card wear
Replies: 5
Views: 270

Re: SD Card wear

I agree that using an SSD with the Pi is a great option. I used Noobs to install my /home on one (a Pi4B). Its an older SSD so I too was concerned about writes shortening it's life. I'm running Mint 19.2 Cinnamon on another SSD based PC and I found a link which references reducing writes to an SSD: ...
by BogoMax
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Keyboard issue after firmware update
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Keyboard issue after firmware update

I haven't seen a re-occurrence of this. Happened four times yesterday within the space of a couple of hours.
Baffling :roll:

Plus the Pi is now running at 37-39 DegC instead of 39-42 previously (idling with Pimoroni fan)
by BogoMax
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Keyboard issue after firmware update
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Keyboard issue after firmware update

I updated my firmware today on a Pi4 4GB/stock Raspbian full (also up to date), no overclocking. The root partition is on a SATA SSD with a USB3 convertor. SSD speeds have fallen slightly but nothing significant 343MB/Sec --> 333MB/Sec Only real problem is with the wireless keyboard/mouse combo - Lo...
by BogoMax
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: STICKY: Raspbian 'Buster' 2019-06-20 / 07-10
Replies: 139
Views: 41043

Re: STICKY: Raspbian 'Buster' 2019-06-20 / 07-10

I second wpballa1's request. It's been frustrating trying to get HPLIP to install. I get an error message about Debian10.1 not being supported.
by BogoMax
Thu Sep 12, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Back Voltage from USB Hub
Replies: 19
Views: 900

Re: Back Voltage from USB Hub

As I am interested in acquiring a powered USB hub I have followed this thread, but I'm still not clear on whether the Pi Hut accessory is not back-powering the Pi. trejan's post seems to suggest that there is active protection against back powering yet the OP saw his Pi power up regardless (acceptin...
by BogoMax
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Rasberry Pi 3 Model B where to place the fan lead?
Replies: 3
Views: 126

Re: Rasberry Pi 3 Model B where to place the fan lead?

I've never needed a fan with my Pi3B+
It runs at about 56DegC which isn't a problem.
However if you want to connect up a fan, the GPIO pinout is here:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/usage/gpio/
by BogoMax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pulsing LEDs (with power turned off)
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Re: Pulsing LEDs (with power turned off)

After changing the power strip to one in which sockets are individually switched (without any USB charging points) the behaviour was repeated so I have wrongly blamed the original power strip and its USB ports. I've seen this behaviour before when I attempted to fit an led strip to illuminate the tu...
by BogoMax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Bluetooth Speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Bluetooth Speaker

Sound seems to be a bit hit-and-miss with bluetooth.

Always work from boot (for me anyway), but if you decide to switch on the speaker some time into a session you may get sound, or not.

No idea why this happens - i.e. fully paired but no sound output.
by BogoMax
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Regarding Pi 4 Video Output
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Regarding Pi 4 Video Output (update)

I have acquired a PiHut branded HDMI --> VGA convertor for my PI 3B+ (with official power supply plugged into the GPIO pins): https://thepihut.com/products/raspberry-pi-hdmi-to-vga-convertor It works perfectly for me in terms of delivering the video and sound to a 19" Acer flat panel monitor. There ...
by BogoMax
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pulsing LEDs (with power turned off)
Replies: 5
Views: 245

Pulsing LEDs (with power turned off)

I bought a six socket power extension yesterday to accomodate my growing collection of computers. I noticed after powering off and disconnecting mains power that the red and green LEDs on the Pi and the blue LED on the Pimoroni shim pulsed briefly with an interval of around 45 seconds. This behaviou...
by BogoMax
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Regarding Pi 4 Video Output
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Regarding Pi 4 Video Output

Not sure which country you are from but if you have access to an official Pi reseller you should be able to source a reliable unit.

I've just ordered a one from the Pi Hut to use with an old Acer 19" VGA monitor attaching it to an old 3B+. There were quite a few units on offer.

HTH
by BogoMax
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Bluetooth Speaker
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Bluetooth Speaker

I'm listening to a Youtube video (Mabel - OK Anxiety Anthem) as I'm typing this using an Anker Soundcore2 bluetooth speaker on an RPi4. The sound system seems to be fussy about the order you connect things in - I boot with the bluetooth speaker in pairing mode, the Pi with Bluetooth on and having pr...
by BogoMax
Sat Aug 24, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: XF86calculator
Replies: 2
Views: 139

Re: XF86calculator

markuk,

Thanks for the link -the Tomshardware article was an excellent tutorial and I've got it set up as I wanted.

It very satisfying to know how to do that!
by BogoMax
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: XF86calculator
Replies: 2
Views: 139

XF86calculator

I'm using a Logitech K270 wireless keyboard with a M185 mouse. The keyboard has some hotkeys, some of which work e.g. Volume up, volume down, mute and some which don't work e.g. calculator. When I use xev I can see that the relevant key is outputting XF86calculator. Trouble is I haven't been able to...
by BogoMax
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Locate command?
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Re: Locate command?

Thanks MachineX :)
by BogoMax
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:00 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Locate command?
Replies: 2
Views: 148

Locate command?

I was reading Distrowatch last week and the hints section discussed locate and find.

I can see locate in the Debian reference included in the help section, but it doesn't appear to be available in Raspbian whereas find is.

Is there an equivalent or another alias for this command on Raspbian?
by BogoMax
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Recommended USB/SSD hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Recommended USB/SSD hardware

Thanks bjtheone for the information. Being the impatient type I ordered the one RaTTus posted from Amazon. It arrived a couple of hours ago and I've now fdisked it, installed an ext4 partition and used NOOBS to reinstall the /root partition on the SSD which seems to be working perfectly and is quite...
by BogoMax
Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspberry with NOOBS always boots to installation screen
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: Raspberry with NOOBS always boots to installation screen

Hi krepellkaus You don't reference your hardware in your post or the way it is set up. A forum search shows this (old) post: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=241891&p=1475653&hilit=NOOBS+always+boots#p1475653 The thread suggests a number of possible reasons as to why the Pi co...
by BogoMax
Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Recommended USB/SSD hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Recommended USB/SSD hardware

Thanks to bjtheone and RaTTus for the helpful replies. I've gone with RaTTus' recommendation. As a follow-on question, I have a legacy Kingston HyperX Fury (SHFS37A 240 GB). This is labelled as "5v 1A" which is the current it draws I assume. I've seen something about drawing a maximum of 1.2A from t...
by BogoMax
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Recommended USB/SSD hardware
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Recommended USB/SSD hardware

OK I know this is lazy, but there are so many references to SSDs in the forums that I've given up trawling through the threads. What I would be grateful to know from someone who has actually bought and is using an SSD via the USB3.0 interface is what hardware combination they are using (preferably a...
by BogoMax
Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powering up/down a Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 1120

Re: Powering up/down a Pi

Thanks for the further replies folks :) I am 100% certain that I managed to ruin/wear out the micro USB socket - the symptoms were that it had a poor connection, the slightest accidental movement of the 3B+ resulted in a reboot. Quite frustrating. I managed to use a pair of pliers to reshape the mic...
by BogoMax
Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powering up/down a Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 1120

Re: Powering up/down a Pi

Thanks klricks and alphanumeric for the useful information.

I particularly like the idea of a switch to power down and up the pi (which isn't attached to a mains socket)
by BogoMax
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powering up/down a Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 1120

Re: Powering up/down a Pi

Thanks for the reply drgeoff.

I unplugged the Pi4 yesterday (at the mains side) and fairly quickly repowered it.

The Pi didn't start although the red led was on.

For a few seconds my heart was in my mouth wondering if I'd killed it.

Hence my question
by BogoMax
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powering up/down a Pi
Replies: 13
Views: 1120

Powering up/down a Pi

This is probably a stupid question, but I recently broke/wore out the micro usb power input port on my 3B+ Thanks to help and assistance in the forums I'm currently powering it via the 5v and Gnd pins on the GPIO header. I've seen discussion which suggests that powering down a Pi by switching off or...
by BogoMax
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi4B/Chromium slower that Pi3b+/Chromium
Replies: 8
Views: 791

Re: Pi4B/Chromium slower that Pi3b+/Chromium

fruitoftheloom: I'm always nervous about performing an upgrade to a new Linux version over an existing one and TBH I don't particularly notice any changes in Buster that I think is worth the effort (BICBW). I'm in the "if it ain't broke camp" :D I just restarted the Pi4 by unplugging from the wall s...

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