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by mdewey
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: What monitor
Replies: 2
Views: 712

Re: What monitor

I have just ordered RPs for my twin daughters 16th birthday. I haven't a clue what monitors to get - I assumed I could get cheap 2nd hand monitors but the local shop has said that these wouldn't be HDMI and I need new - can't afford over £100 each. Help please - remembering my user name! :?: Just t...
by mdewey
Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Re-applying a failed apt-get upgrade or dist-upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 2875

Re: Re-applying a failed apt-get upgrade or dist-upgrade

I've only had my Raspberry Pi for a few weeks, after a protracted wait for delivery, and have had limited time to experiment with it. I made an image backup copy of the supplied bootable 4GB SD card prior to using it but was mindful of the fact that, for serious use, I would require a larger card i...
by mdewey
Wed Oct 24, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Connectivity with the Internet
Replies: 8
Views: 3822

Re: Connectivity with the Internet

If you are running the wheezy build for the wireless go to the desktop and open the wpa_gui this should setup the wireless card and all the files There are some issues that it won't automatically connect unless you go to the desktop to connect one solution that worked for me was to add auto wlan0 t...
by mdewey
Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:24 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB + LAN ports not working.
Replies: 14
Views: 2072

Re: USB + LAN ports not working.

I bought a 1000mA power supply and have exactly the same problem. What should my next step be? Buy a mulitmeter or borrow one from a friend. You can get cheap ones for less than GBP 10 which are probably adequate. The measure the voltage as suggested by others earlier. Just because your new PSU say...
by mdewey
Mon Oct 08, 2012 5:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to install software?
Replies: 7
Views: 5791

Re: How to install software?

To install a package from the repository

apt-get update
apt-get install focuswriter

(Replace focuswriter with the name of the package you want).

You may need to prefix the commands with sudo
sudo apt-get update
by mdewey
Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Command line Image viewer?
Replies: 67
Views: 156432

Re: Command line Image viewer?

Thanks for all your suggestions, great stuff. Appreciate it! I tried fbi, this would be great... if it supported animated gif. I installed ristretto. It works in X, plays animated gifs but doesn't remove the mouse pointer in full screen mode. PQIV has some great options, it just never shows an imag...
by mdewey
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Use a 2A power supply?
Replies: 11
Views: 28259

Re: Use a 2A power supply?

I tried my RPi last night with a 1A supply but had problems with ethernet when USB devices were connected. I have an openmoko 5v 2A powersupply but am reluctant to plug it in to RPi. Has anyone tried more than 1A? thank you for your help, Andrew Howlett Owen Sound, Canada Andrew, the things you nee...
by mdewey
Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: What image for headless server
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Re: What image for headless server

hernil wrote:I really only need the basics though. I don't need the LXDE, browsers and the such.

Isn't there any third party images taking care of this? :)
If you look on the Raspbian website you will find links to a number of other images some of which may be better for what you need.
by mdewey
Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: How often to run "sudo apt-get update"
Replies: 13
Views: 6108

Re: How often to run "sudo apt-get update"

Hello, I'm going to install Rasbian Wheezy for the first time tonight and if that goes well, SSH & VNC thereafter. I've seen suggestions on this forum that you should run sudo apt-get update, but how often should I run it? Thanks for any help! You do realise that apt-get update does not itself upda...
by mdewey
Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:07 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Upgrading to Raspbian
Replies: 4
Views: 956

Re: Upgrading to Raspbian

If you write the Raspbian image onto your card the same way as you wrote the Debian one it should overwrite everything you have on the card. As you probably know the space is still there but it is using a file system Windows does not recognise.
by mdewey
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian repository
Replies: 172
Views: 46485

Re: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian reposit

plugwash wrote:
mdewey wrote:I have been trying to install R. The canonical way to do this is
sudo apt-get install r-base
but when I try that it complains about umet dependencies.
This shoudl now be fixed
Just to confirm it works here too.

Thanks
Michael
by mdewey
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian repository
Replies: 172
Views: 46485

Re: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian reposit

There was a problem in debian a while back with many gnu R packages on arm and it seems mpthompson blacklisted a long list of R packages because of this. This has now been worked arround by debian and i've now un-blacklisted the packages but it may take some time to get them all built. I'll keep yo...
by mdewey
Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:43 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian repository
Replies: 172
Views: 46485

Re: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian reposit

I have been trying to install R. The canonical way to do this is sudo apt-get install r-base but when I try that it complains about umet dependencies. Narrowing this down it is the absence of r-recommended and here is what happens when I try to install r-recommended ========== cut here =============...
by mdewey
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Where is my installed program?
Replies: 5
Views: 1766

Re: Where is my software?

Assuming it consists of a single program called libreoffice then try typing that at the command line If you type $PATH at the command line you should get a list of directories in your path. The software should have been installed in one of these. I have not tested any of that as I am not using that ...
by mdewey
Tue Jul 24, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian repository
Replies: 172
Views: 46485

Re: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian reposit

Oh sorry I didn't see that list. :( I thought we only have what is preinstalled. :oops: Well GR-Thunderstorm the whole point of this project is to be educational so if you have learned something it has achieved one part of its goals. We are all learning here in the great University of Life. Michael
by mdewey
Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:42 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian repository
Replies: 172
Views: 46485

Re: Packages from debian you want to see in raspbian reposit

Is anyone going to listen to my instructions to check if stuff is already there before asking about it?! I wonder whether it would help if you could edit your post to include a link to item 12 in the Raspbian FAQ (Do you have a list of all the packages in the Raspbian repository?) or possibly put t...
by mdewey
Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: I can't load the debian image on my SD card
Replies: 17
Views: 4299

Re: I can't load the debian image on my SD card

Dear willis00788

You can buy a USB SD card reader for less than 2 GBP. It is about the same size as a USB stick. I assume they cost 2 USD if that is where you live (or even 2 to 3 EUR)

Michael
by mdewey
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:44 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 361091

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

I have been amusing myself while I am still RPi-less by re-reading this thread and making a Raspbian timeline. Michael, very nice. Perhaps we should create a "RaspbianHistory" page on the wiki and add this as contents to the page. It's interesting to see in your graph how fast the packages all seem...
by mdewey
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 361091

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

I have been amusing myself while I am still RPi-less by re-reading this thread and making a Raspbian timeline. This also served as a learning exercise in manipulating dates in R. It is a work in progress, if anyone thinks it is interesting I will update it and repost. The draft version is at http://...
by mdewey
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Electronics Starter Kit for a beginner with nothing
Replies: 17
Views: 15906

Re: Electronics Starter Kit for a beginner with nothing

Get a multimeter. It does not have to be an expensive bells and whistles one as long as you can tell (1) what is the resistance between these two points? (2) what voltage is coming out of here?

Michael
by mdewey
Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Debian
Topic: Consequences of softfloat
Replies: 20
Views: 5505

Re: Consequences of softfloat

Dear Chromatix

What happens if you try Raspbian which does use hardware floating point?

Michael
by mdewey
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Controlling Pi via direct connection to Linux laptop
Replies: 8
Views: 3842

Re: Controlling Pi via direct connection to Linux laptop

Many Ethernet adaptors nowadays support Auto-MDIX so you might be able to use a regular ethernet cable rather than a specific crossover cable. Now that's nice to know! According to http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware_Basic_Setup#Internet_Connectivity the RPi has indeed got an auto-sensing port and since...
by mdewey
Sun Jun 10, 2012 11:13 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: PDF Reader
Replies: 4
Views: 25618

Re: PDF Reader

You do not say what distro you are using but here goes

Try
xpdf name_of_my_pdf_file.pdf
or
acroread name_of_my_pdf_file.pdf

If neither of those works you can install it in a way which depends on your distro. If you are on Debian try
apt-get update
apt-get install name_of_the_program_you chose
by mdewey
Sun May 27, 2012 3:26 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: packages you want to see in raspbian
Replies: 133
Views: 36147

Re: packages you want to see in raspbian

please read posts (and not just the title) before replying, this thread is about packages you want to see in raspbian not packages that are already in raspbian. I did read the post, I am running raspbian now and I had to install all the aformentioned packages as they weren't already in it. Dear Pho...
by mdewey
Wed May 23, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: HISTORY: The start of raspbian (Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi)
Replies: 613
Views: 361091

Re: Debian Hard Float (armhf) for RPi

Dear emy84,
Did you know there is a project page?
http://www.raspbian.org/
This may help answer some of your questions

Michael

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