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by Fidelius
Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?
Replies: 32
Views: 1947

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?

Finally I'm afraid that web-browsing on the Pi4 is nowhere near the quality of a PC. Chromium freezes or even crashes if you open too many screens, the mouse is often jerky and slow, We're using a Raspbian Pi 4 here for desktop usage, so of course with 4 GB RAM in order to be able to open several t...
by Fidelius
Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released
Replies: 61
Views: 3413

Re: Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released

Therefore Raspbian will always be (should always be) the default choice for an RPI user, and that is why it doesn't get prominence here, not because we are "illogical beings". Prominence was not my point, but that the user Pulsar got some unlogical negative waves for asking a simple Ubuntu-for-Pi q...
by Fidelius
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released
Replies: 61
Views: 3413

Re: Ubuntu 19.10 (Eoan Ermine) released

First point, I follow and try to be useful on this forum since I have 2 RPi4. As far as I know, this forum is a Raspberry Pi forum , not a Raspbian forum, even if I understand that Raspbian is your preferred OS. I find it cool but I'm glad to discover other capabilities of the SBC and this is why I...
by Fidelius
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where do I get news about the PI?
Replies: 34
Views: 1629

Re: Where do I get news about the PI?

Thanks a lot to all for the hints. So the three different forum styles vary also in their behaviour with showing new threads/articles. Good to know. Very helpful is also the forum's built-in Atom feed: phpBB comes with a built in Atom feed - https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/app.php/feedIt’s not 10...
by Fidelius
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where do I get news about the PI?
Replies: 34
Views: 1629

RSS feed for new threads on the forum?

So the forum server (raspberrypi.org/forums) doesn't provide a RSS feed for new threads on the forum, it seems.

However, is there another way, maybe? Like an external RSS feeder which could read the new threads here and provide them as a RSS source? Any hints welcome, thanks.
by Fidelius
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPI4: Why is everything still 32-bit?
Replies: 180
Views: 6673

Re: RPI4: Why is everything still 32-bit?

I'm running a standard Raspbian on a Pi4 and it works so well already in 32bit. I've used and still use the older Pis (Pi1, Pi2, Pi3) but clearly the Pi4 is the best of them: not only because it's the most powerful Pi model but also because Debian based Raspbian 10 is so mature and works so well wit...
by Fidelius
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:30 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: free some RAM
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: free some RAM

That looks fine. To see why zram helps, in particular users of slow SD-cards, please see my above Wikiepedia article or various other Linux articles, like for example Aarch-Linux's short explanation here. I couldn't explain it any better: Improving performance The zram kernel module (previously call...
by Fidelius
Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: free some RAM
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: free some RAM

Have you installed the downloaded ".deb" file?
Like:

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dpkg --install zram-config_0.5_all.deb
Maybe a re-boot is neccessary afterwards.
by Fidelius
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: free some RAM
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: free some RAM

My linked Wikipedia page writes: When used for swap, zram … allows Linux to make more efficient use of RAM, since the operating system can then hold more pages of memory in the compressed swap than if the same amount of RAM had been used as application memory or disk cache. This is particularly effe...
by Fidelius
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: free some RAM
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: free some RAM

zram usually helps, too, in particular for machines with not-so-much RAM. If I remember right, it's been part of previous versions of Raspbian, and it's still in Debian-based Ubuntu, so depending on which Raspbian version you use, you could activate it via: sudo apt install zram-config To see what ...
by Fidelius
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good reasons to buy the latest Rpi 4 with 4G RAM?
Replies: 39
Views: 2417

Re: Good reasons to buy the latest Rpi 4 with 4G RAM?

The RPi has a built-in troll detector. If it detects a troll it starts doing strange things. Clearly the Pi has one of the best built-in troll-detectors available. Back on topic: A Pi4 with 4 GB RAM is a great desktop machine. With enough RAM, Linux buffers IO (input/output) data and files so effic...
by Fidelius
Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: MAME (+MESS) emulator from apt-repository
Replies: 4
Views: 544

MAME (+MESS) runs great on Pi4

For the MAME friends out there, I'm happy to report that on the Pi4 several tested systems now run 100% in full-screen. This is with mame version v0.206 directly from Raspbian's apt package. Also some emulated home computers run 100% now in Mame, for example Amstrad CPC and Megadrive. So finally we ...
by Fidelius
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion
Replies: 895
Views: 98753

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion

DarkPlatinum wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:58 pm
Looking at reviews online many people have reported thermal throttling even with a heatink installed. Is this an issue with software or limitation of heat dissapation?
There's a lot of discussion and information in a separate thread about your question:
Raspberry Pi 4 temperature
by Fidelius
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 temperature
Replies: 558
Views: 164501

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 temperature

From the Pi4 main thread: Michael Larabel from the Linux website Phoronix does some… Initial Raspberry Pi 4 Performance Benchmarks […] In many different benchmarks, the Raspberry Pi 4 was delivering performance similar to the ASUS Tinker Board with its Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288. The Raspberry Pi 4 ...
by Fidelius
Fri Jul 12, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion
Replies: 895
Views: 98753

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion

Michael Larabel from the Linux website Phoronix does some… Initial Raspberry Pi 4 Performance Benchmarks […] In many different benchmarks, the Raspberry Pi 4 was delivering performance similar to the ASUS Tinker Board with its Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288. The Raspberry Pi 4 performance is certainly a ...
by Fidelius
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RISC OS Pi?
Replies: 30
Views: 5286

Re: RISC OS Pi?

Very true, David. I too love it when we users of a computer have power on the computer we use. That's one reason I don't like "smart"-phones. It's nice that the Pi gets more and more open. And RISC OS was or rather is controllable. Still have the "PRMs" (Programmer's Reference Manuals) standing in t...
by Fidelius
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RISC OS Pi?
Replies: 30
Views: 5286

Re: RISC OS Pi?

I loved to use and program the Acorn Archimedes for many years from the ARM2 to the StrongARM, and I won't forget the best Elite version ever, the version on the Archimedes. So when the first Raspberry Pi was presented, its ability to run RISC OS on a real machine again, was the extra reason for me ...
by Fidelius
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspBerryPi 4 - OMXPlayer not work
Replies: 15
Views: 1844

Re: RaspBerryPi 4 - OMXPlayer not work

Ah, this explains it.
Thanks for the "--no-osd" info and for the bug-report!
by Fidelius
Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RaspBerryPi 4 - OMXPlayer not work
Replies: 15
Views: 1844

Re: RaspBerryPi 4 - OMXPlayer not work

Are you using the legacy driver or one of the KMS drivers? buster default FKMS. Omxplayer won't run on Raspbian 10-Buster when you use the fkms or kms driver, i.e. when your /boot/config.txt file has in it this line: dtoverlay=vc4-fkms-v3d or dtoverlay=vc4-kms-v3d Remove it and omxplayer works agai...
by Fidelius
Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pi4, Handheld and PS2
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

Re: Pi4, Handheld and PS2

I see. Thanks for the information.
by Fidelius
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pi4, Handheld and PS2
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

Re: Pi4, Handheld and PS2

Mednafen runs a lot better complied from source. Why is this? Do you happen to know if a source compiled Mednafen on a Pi3 runs the SNES emulation with 50 fps, like it does with the Megadrive emulation? Because from Raspbian's repository and run on a Pi3, Mednafen gives 50fps for Megadrive emulatio...
by Fidelius
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pi4, Handheld and PS2
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

Re: Pi4, Handheld and PS2

Since from Raspban's apt-repository, the many-machine-emulator MAME+MESS¹ works reasonalbe well on a Pi3 for many selected titles, and for more optimised emulation of popular consoles the Mednafen² emulator works even better, these two should also run extremely well on a Pi4 out of the Raspbian box....
by Fidelius
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where do I get news about the PI?
Replies: 34
Views: 1629

Re: Raspberry Pi Foundation Announcements ??

gkreidl wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 7:30 am
I get the Blog posts as RSS feeds.
This works fine indeed.

Is it possible to also get a RSS feed for new forum threads?
by Fidelius
Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion
Replies: 895
Views: 98753

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 Thread - general discussion

Can we get any more information on the expected computational capabilities and performance difference of the VC6 GPU compared to the VC4? It's about 4x faster than the VC4 (pixel rate IIRC). So you if you are running full screen 4k, then you get about the same frame rate as the older devices at 108...
by Fidelius
Thu Jun 27, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why is the RPi4 being advertised as a desktop computer?
Replies: 114
Views: 11536

Re: Why is the RPi4 being advertised as a desktop computer?

I suppose I could be described as a 'power' user, in that I write software, build kernels etc. That, some would say, requires a decent desktop computer. And yet EVERYTHING I do nowadays can be done on a Pi4. [..] So, even though this is a tiny ARM based device, I would have no problems doing my act...

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