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by tonycollinet
Thu May 17, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Did the Pi somehow break my TV?
Replies: 22
Views: 6066

Re: Did the Pi somehow break my TV?

In order to get a flash near the power adaptors, then there must have been a failure in somthing connected to the mains. It is most unlikely that 5V could have caused what you saw. This means either the PSU in the TV blew up (just randomly by chance - unlikely) Or the very cheap USB hub power supply...
by tonycollinet
Thu May 17, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi dead as a doornail
Replies: 11
Views: 1870

Re: Pi dead as a doornail

Ravenous wrote:Try cutting it into slices and checking for segmentation errors.
Genius :lol:


Edited to add - and OP - Genius also. :geek:
by tonycollinet
Sat May 12, 2012 10:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Invitation to order from RS
Replies: 575
Views: 79730

Re: Invitation to order from RS

Got my invitation yesterday - ordered this morning. 4765.

Unreasonably excited.
by tonycollinet
Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We got through CE testing unscathed!
Replies: 46
Views: 8369

Re: We got through CE testing unscathed!

<t>Tried to post this as a comment on the homepage, but your comment system wouldn't let me - kept insisting on the password even though I'd put it in. Anyway....<br/> <br/> How was the ESD testing on a bare board done? I've never seen a microprocessor PCB that can take ESD direct to PCB tracks and ...
by tonycollinet
Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Turning to a Laugh?
Replies: 8
Views: 1668

Re: Turning to a Laugh?

<t>Bear in mind the foundation is a charity run by people in their spare time. In spite of this, they have managed to do what no hugely resourced company has ever done - get  a computer available to the masses at a very low price point.<br/> <br/> I suggest if you don't like the way things are going...
by tonycollinet
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: There's a time and a date on the front page...
Replies: 177
Views: 28590

Re: There's a time and a date on the front page...

No email here, and I don't have a spam folder (I don't get spam)
by tonycollinet
Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Re: USB HD FREEVIEW
Replies: 29
Views: 22219

Re: USB HD FREEVIEW

<t>Wouldn't dream of telling you you don't deserve a pi to use as an HTPC. I Might though because of your use of foul language (however obfuscated)<br/> <br/> Regarding HD Freeview - I am not aware of any HD free-view devices with open source Linux drivers and software for HD, especially not compile...
by tonycollinet
Tue Jan 17, 2012 10:22 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi for an old blind lady (with remote)
Replies: 19
Views: 7402

Re: Raspberry pi for an old blind lady (with remote)

<t>can you install a low cost internet connection for her – only so  you can remote onto the pi using VNC.<br/> <br/> Then the control interface is the phone, and  you <br/> <br/> Alternatively -  you need text to speech as outlined above. You also need a tactile control system.<br/> <br/> How about...
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...
Replies: 53
Views: 10042

Re: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...

Closing in 1 minute
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:16 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 145
Views: 97618

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

<t>alexhawdon said: <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> (Also, on a quieter note, if you're using a homebrew style media centre then where is the media coming from?  You're either ripping your own - in which case you might as well just stick in in a DVD player - or, uhm, getting it from somewhere that probably ...
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Petition the government to "Change import duty rules to encourage British manufacturing"
Replies: 79
Views: 12445

Re: Petition the government to "Change import duty rules to encourage British manufacturing"

How can it bolster local component manufacture, if it drives their market overseas. :facepalm:
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: ICT to be scrapped for programming
Replies: 21
Views: 3990

Re: ICT to be scrapped for programming

<t>Dan Ankers said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Why aren't basic computer skills (word processing, what a spreadsheet does, what a database does) taught separately to programming and the details of how computers work?<br/> <br/> <br/> Becuause frankly - kids don't need to be taught it - they can pick it up on...
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.
Replies: 119
Views: 19415

Re: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.

spurious said:




But the R-Pi project is not about Greed, it's about giving!

So please stop being negative and thank these guys for the fantastic work they are doing!


That!

In Spades! *thumbsup*
by tonycollinet
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Possible bluetooth connectivity
Replies: 7
Views: 2534

Re: Possible bluetooth connectivity

That sounds good news - I want to get the Lego NXT brick talking on bluetooth with the PI.
by tonycollinet
Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What DOS games can it run?
Replies: 39
Views: 10532

Re: What DOS games can it run?

<t>Tomo2k said: <br/> <br/> <br/> DOSBox is a full CPU emulation system – it works fine on PowerPC.<br/> <br/> So it should be possible to compile for ARM, so I would say yes, you can probably run old DOS games.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Sorry - my mistake - looking at the FAQ though, it does suggest t...
by tonycollinet
Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What DOS games can it run?
Replies: 39
Views: 10532

Re: What DOS games can it run?

<t>I'm not sure it has been stated clearly enough. Raspi is an ARM Chip – it uses a different instruction set than x86 (PC) architecure devices.<br/> <br/> You cannot run code on it – even with Dosbox or wine – unless it has been compiled for the arm processor – and this can only be done if the sour...
by tonycollinet
Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...
Replies: 53
Views: 10042

Re: Raspberry Pi #1 spotting...

Or possibly someone got confused, and has now swapped their bid to no 01 instead of 10.
by tonycollinet
Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Other OS's?
Replies: 10
Views: 2597

Re: Other OS's?

But how are you going to port it without access to the source code. I don't think MS are going to do that for you - even if it were possible.
by tonycollinet
Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 145
Views: 97618

Re: XBMC running on Raspberry Pi

Have to agree - xbmc if it works is a  potential killer app for the Pi. Low power (therefore suitable for always on) dedicated media centre PC, so small you can just blutak it to the back of the TV.

What's not to love?
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Small TFT screens
Replies: 3
Views: 1950

Re: Small TFT screens

Only if it will accept a composite video in, and that site doesn't seem to say.
by tonycollinet
Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Audio and HDMI?
Replies: 9
Views: 3521

Re: Audio and HDMI?

Or better still the TV line level audio outputs (Normally RCA Connectors). Failing that, audio out from a scart socket.
by tonycollinet
Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Ok I give up
Replies: 3
Views: 1492

Re: Ok I give up

If you want a quick and easy "how to get started" have a look at the tutorials a chap called Liam has put up on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Ra.....iTutorials
by tonycollinet
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Cheapest HDMI monitor or HDMI to VGA monitor adapter, keyboard, mouse setup?
Replies: 35
Views: 36341

Re: Cheapest HDMI monitor or HDMI to VGA monitor adapter, keyboard, mouse setup?

I've got 2 21 inch tv's that'll take a composite video input (probably via scart) - going free for anyone who wants to collect (Alsager, south Cheshire - UK)

Can't *give* the buggers away.
by tonycollinet
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Lego RCX/NXT robotic programming with Pi.
Replies: 33
Views: 40370

Re: Lego RCX/NXT robotic programming with Pi.

<r>Seems to me, if mindstorms is of interest, we should be looking at how to interface the modules (motors, sensors etc) directly to the Pi. Is there any documentation available regarding the electrical interfaces?<br/> <br/> I guess the alternative might be direct control of the motors/sensors via ...
by tonycollinet
Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:51 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 40546

Re: Best first language

<t>Well I've just spent a day or so, teaching myself the  basics of python. (Bacground, embedded C many years back, and VBA more recently to automate some spreadsheet applications)<br/> <br/> While I am not familiar with many of the alternatives, I am certain that python will be an excellent first l...

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