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by glenn66
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:49 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PCB power plug
Replies: 3
Views: 2490

Re: PCB power plug

I haven't used Eagle, but if you are stuck you could measure the pin spacing on a Molex plug and design the space and holes you need onto your PCB. It won't be so fancy looking on screen, but it should work. I had to do this back in the 1990s designing a Z80 based single board computer using a DOS P...
by glenn66
Tue Jun 04, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Setting Access Points Using EW-7811Un Wireless Adaptor
Replies: 43
Views: 105584

Re: Setting Access Points Using EW-7811Un Wireless Adaptor

To be honest I gave up and bought a neat little one with a Ralink chipset for about £2 on eBay. It works fine as an access point without hassle and even has an external aerial. I'm using it as a Pirate Box at the minute.
by glenn66
Wed May 15, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Nook e-ink display only £29!
Replies: 35
Views: 17429

Re: Nook e-ink display only £29!

Can the Nook be made to communicate serially over USB? Maybe a bit of an odd question, but I've been looking for a small device that can be easily hacked to use the Linux modules for serial-over-USB to operate with some PIC-based devices I've been building. EDIT - I've just seen the post about the P...
by glenn66
Tue May 14, 2013 10:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Nook e-ink display only £29!
Replies: 35
Views: 17429

Re: Nook e-ink display only £29!

Looking at the Nook, it might also be worth looking at the 4-inch Android tablet that CPC are knocking out for £29.95 + VAT. It has a colour screen and is running Android 4.0 out of the box.
by glenn66
Sat May 11, 2013 6:17 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: 1980s Vehicle Diagnostics Project
Replies: 0
Views: 671

1980s Vehicle Diagnostics Project

http://rgwni.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/vehicle-app-working.html (and lots of previous posts going back at least 3 years!) This is a weird-and-wonderful project to get a dashboard display giving real-time engine parameters into a 1988 Supercharged MR2 (well, if you're going to do it, do it with some sty...
by glenn66
Sat May 11, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Micro Wi-Fi Dongle for Access Point
Replies: 0
Views: 593

Micro Wi-Fi Dongle for Access Point

Hi Could I get some recommendations for a micro wi-fi dongle that will definitely work with 'hostapd' so that I can run the Raspberry Pi as an access point? I have been able to do this successfully with a large D-Link DWA-140 dongle, but the Edimax EW-7811un micro dongle that I bought doesn't work w...
by glenn66
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)

Sorry for the time taken, I'm copying these files manually. The /etc/wpa.conf file is... network={ ssid="HomeNetOne" proto=RSN key_mgmt=WPA-PSK pairwise=CCMP TKIP psk="AB12345678" } The /etc/network/interfaces file is... auto lo iface lo inet loopback iface eth0 inet dhcp # Wireless Interface auto w...
by glenn66
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)

Glenn, Can you add/reply to this post with the following: * The command you're using to run wpa_supplicant and the wpa.conf file. * What the Pi says when you type that command in. * The output of lsusb * The output of lsmod * The output of usb-devices. It could be any number of things, so that will...
by glenn66
Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Wi-fi DHCP problem (D-Link DWA-140)

Hi I'm not getting very far with my RPi so far because I don't have a wired network connection to my work area. I thought wi-fi would be reasonably straightforward, but I'm having problems. I have a D-Link DWA-140 USB dongle and it is working okay after setting up 'wpa.conf' and so on; it can scan f...
by glenn66
Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: GAMBAS(basic)
Replies: 125
Views: 54621

Re: GAMBAS(basic)

I just want to thank you guys for all the work done on Gambas 3 for the RaspberryPi. After a bit of messing around, I have it working and it isn't too bad at all. http://rgwni.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/raspberry-gambas.html I'll be following the work on the GPIO. My current projects are using PICs whic...
by glenn66
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Drivers for USB touch panel interface?
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Re: Drivers for USB touch panel interface?

My USB/panel interface definitely does not work on RPi Debian. This is a hassle because that's sort of what I bought the RPi for! There must be a driver somewhere, but I'm a real novice at Linux drivers, compilation and so on. I can just about compile a source into binary.
by glenn66
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: boot without login
Replies: 1
Views: 1668

Re: boot without login

I haven't an answer, but I also need the same thing for a car computer project that needs to boot to the GUI when the ignition is started without any login or other user intervention. I've never had a problem doing this with a PC-based Linux and it seems odd that it isn't set up for this.
by glenn66
Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:33 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Drivers for USB touch panel interface?
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Drivers for USB touch panel interface?

Has anyone tried connecting a USB resistive touch panel to their Pi? Mine isn't doing anything so I'm assuming there are no drivers in the Debian distro I'm using. The panel works out-of-the-box with any x386 Linux distros I've tried (Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint LXDE) and 'xinput-calibrator' can be used to...
by glenn66
Tue Mar 27, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?
Replies: 98
Views: 21293

Re: Why Pi when you can just run Linux?

<t>rurwin said: <br/> <br/> <br/> @ SANGER_A2,<br/> <br/> So how would you and your school implement a Computer Science course below A-level?<br/> <br/> If your answer is that you would never implement such a course, then the RaspPi is obviously surplus to requirements. However if you do intend to i...
by glenn66
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:50 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of programming language X
Replies: 42
Views: 9375

Re: Pros and Cons of programming language X

<t>SN said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I am really trying very hard to sit on the fence on this one (despite touting gambas2 a few weeks ago) and it is this thought that concerns me<br/> <br/> <br/> I have to agree on Gambas2, I am a huge fan and I still contend that Gambas has more chance of being widely us...
by glenn66
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:46 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pros and Cons of programming language X
Replies: 42
Views: 9375

Re: Pros and Cons of programming language X

LISP

Pros - Can't think of any.  It was very recursive.

Cons - (see above)
by glenn66
Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:37 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Ordered something else to fill the time
Replies: 65
Views: 14503

Re: Ordered something else to fill the time

<t>I got back to experimenting with PICs again after a lull of a few months as ultimately I want to use a Pi (when it finally arrives) as a graphics front end for a PIC-based automotive project.<br/> <br/> In the meantime I've been interfacing a small resistive touch panel (from a scrap PDA) to a PI...
by glenn66
Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Found Internal USB hub for embedded projects
Replies: 14
Views: 11941

Re: Found Internal USB hub for embedded projects

<t>JonB said: <br/> <br/> <br/> That"s really expensive, especially when you consider it against the cost of a Pi. I have a Technika branded USB hub here that cost me £5 from Tesco (big supermarket in the UK)<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Or if you are really cheap you can go to Poundland, Poundworld or Wo...
by glenn66
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:59 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"
Replies: 33
Views: 4953

Re: Using RPi in an "ICT Classroom"

<t>In my area there is also an issue with running programming environments on the managed service school computers which was a problem for the small number of students who needed programming for exam classes.<br/> <br/> The simplest solution was to make an appeal for 'obsolete' desktop and tower sys...
by glenn66
Mon Mar 05, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 12037

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>Okay, let's wind back about 30 years here.  It's 1981 and I'm learning to program on a ZX80 with the 3K RAM pack (anyone even remember them?).  In school there is an RM 380Z (or '38 Ounce' as well called it) and that's about it.  Then along comes the BBC Micro and the ZX Spectrum.  Everyone I kne...
by glenn66
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:50 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 12037

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>I've been an ICT advisory officer in a large LEA for the last 10 years and I wouldn't hold my breath about the RaspberryPi or anything else making much of a change in computer education.  Don't get me wrong, my own background is in programming and microelectronics, so at a personal level I think ...
by glenn66
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:33 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Please advise me on a good programming language.
Replies: 15
Views: 7111

Re: Please advise me on a good programming language.

<t>Dr Watson, what you might want is Gambas.  Gambas2 is the current version and it is as close to VB as you are likely to find for Linux and as far as I can see it should run on the RaspberryPi.  I run Gambas on Windows computers (in schools) by installing VirtualBox and then a small-footprint Linu...
by glenn66
Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: USB hub questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1955

Re: USB hub questions

<t>I've successfully connected an 80GB external drive (with a dual USB cable) to the USB port on an Android tablet by connecting the 'signal' USB plug to the tablet and the second 'power' plug to a small 1 amp (1000mA) USB power supply.  The HDD required 650mA, but the tablet port could only supply ...
by glenn66
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:42 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Farnell
Replies: 23
Views: 5271

Re: Farnell

<t>Out of interest, most security experts advise against using a debit card online because it is linked to your bank account and any breach means your account can be cleaned out.  You can also become caught in a 'recurring payment' loop which can be difficult to get out of.<br/> <br/> Credit cards o...
by glenn66
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:28 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disgusted - Price Hike by Farnell
Replies: 65
Views: 16399

Re: Disgusted - Price Hike by Farnell

<t>CPC, which is part (a big part) of the Farnell Group are advertising the RaspberryPi at £21.60 + VAT + £5.95 shipping and handling which equates to about £30.  They aren't taking orders there, just 'expressions of interest' and of course when they 'phoned me back on my home 'phone I was at work s...

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