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by GTR2Fan
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Expecting Too Much
Replies: 42
Views: 17486

Re: Expecting Too Much

I have a number of Pi devices for various projects but just before Christmas my laptop died so I decided to use my quad core Pi 2 running Ubuntu Mate as my main computer for a while. An overclocked Pi2B is handling being a reasonably capable desktop PC replacement here, so you could try that route ...
by GTR2Fan
Mon Mar 21, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: DVDs + Legal
Replies: 4
Views: 1192

Re: DVDs + Legal

Using OpenElec, is it legal to play DVDs and can I play my movies (Hunger Games, Spectre etc) on it? If you've purchased the DVDs yourself and aren't playing them to an audience, yes. Also does it need to be powered? A Pi works best when powered. And how do I watch Live TV? With your eyes. Also, ca...
by GTR2Fan
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon
Replies: 48
Views: 9972

Re: Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon

If you can get two of the pi drives for right about what the 500 gig single drive goes for, you'll have two spindles which means that if one breaks, the other probably will be there for back up. I like the "probably". The only time in my life when I've ever relied on having just one backup to keep ...
by GTR2Fan
Sun Mar 20, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are you a Raspberry Pi-oneer?
Replies: 32
Views: 4513

Re: Are you a Raspberry Pi-oneer?

While you're at it, can we please have an "I never vote in polls" option?
by GTR2Fan
Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Analogue audio testing
Replies: 265
Views: 128138

Re: Analogue audio testing

@GTR2Fan, If you design an analogue add-on filter ,can you also look into connecting it via the GPIO ? I reckon it is simpeler and more stable to connect it from the gpio pins with a protoboard . And I assume it is possible to redirect the audio signals on greater than zero pies too, although I hav...
by GTR2Fan
Thu Mar 17, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: USB controlled fan through GPIO
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: USB controlled fan through GPIO

The best place to start is NOT connecting the fan directly to a GPIO pin as it's not designed to drive a load of that kind directly and will probably fry your Pi. You're going to need to build or buy a buffer circuit to go between the Pi and the fan. The first question to be asking yourself is wheth...
by GTR2Fan
Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Overclocking openelec
Replies: 3
Views: 641

Re: Overclocking openelec

...or install OSMC instead, then overclocking options are already there in the menu without having to add anything.
by GTR2Fan
Thu Mar 17, 2016 10:14 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Slow slow bowsing...
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: Slow slow bowsing...

If you have a Pi2B or Pi3B, search the forum for Chromium 48. If it's still unbearably slow with that then the problem lies elsewhere.
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:57 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive

Spacecowboy1 wrote:Shame your not in Yorkshire, my mates got a spray shop. I could have got him to do it for you.
I'd have only drank all his tea. I'm half Yorkshire myself. :D
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:48 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive

That looks really nice. Much nicer than mine, although mine will be nearly there when it's sprayed black. I'm just waiting for a dry sunny day so I can get outside with the spray can. :)
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:27 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive

Like I mentioned earlier I won't be able to cut out the rear of the case if I go down that route as the cables would have to come back out of the rear of the case to go into the USB port. My homebrew Pi Mini-PC has the USB cable for the hard drive as an external loop-through. It's a very handy feat...
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive

I think you're only limited by the capacity the caddy chipset will recognise, but don't quote me on that. a 2TB drive certainly isn't a problem as I've seen others using them in this way. A Pi PSU rated at 2A and upwards will handle the largest load the USB ports can supply if it's a B+ or Pi2B. Mak...
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Qs about microSD card formatting
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Re: Qs about microSD card formatting

Data stored in the Protected Area is inaccessible through the SD card's file system...
http://computer.howstuffworks.com/secur ... cards3.htm

So the answer is no.
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:22 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive
Replies: 20
Views: 5063

Re: Power Supply/Case/Hard Drive

There's no point in going to all of the added complication of using a PC power supply. You can run the 2.5" drive in a caddy directly from the Pi's USB port if it's a Pi B+ or later. Just add... max_usb_current=1 ...to config.txt and it should power the drive just fine if the Pi PSU is chunky enough...
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Lowering or Changing Voltage of GPIO Pins?
Replies: 5
Views: 858

Re: Lowering or Changing Voltage of GPIO Pins?

While that would certainly solve the noise issue, that's not the solution I'm looking for. If nothing else, I just want the fan on it cause I like the look of it. Then you'll just have to put up with some noise. Attempting to run the fan directly from an actual GPIO pin (as opposed to a supply pin ...
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 3 microSD card overclock
Replies: 15
Views: 28208

Re: Raspberry Pi 3 microSD card overclock

Reading a few posts up from that one by PhilE makes it look as though a fix for the Pi3 is already available for dtoverlay=sdhost,overclock_50=100 via rpi-update and waiting to be pushed to main. I mistakenly thought that it was already properly sorted for the Pi3 in main. It looks as though it will...
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 3 microSD card overclock
Replies: 15
Views: 28208

Re: Raspberry Pi 3 microSD card overclock

Just adding...

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dtoverlay=sdhost,overclock_50=100
...to config.txt should work fine in a standard Raspbian Jessie install without having to do anything else.
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Copying to smaller SD card
Replies: 7
Views: 1535

Re: Copying to smaller SD card

If it's non-NOOBS Raspbian...

viewtopic.php?f=29&t=137693&p=914109#p914109
by GTR2Fan
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Can't get screen to sync to video
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Can't get screen to sync to video

Yes. Full instructions on how to do that are on page 6 in the user manual. ;)
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Hello - help with 100nF capacitor
Replies: 9
Views: 1497

Re: Hello - help with 100nF capacitor

Should I also use the 50V 10uF electrolytic Capacitor? If it's the one across the 3V3 rail, preferably not. Electrolytics don't like being run at considerably below their rated voltage for extended periods as they start to "un-form" and become less capacitive and more electrically leaky as a result...
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:25 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Sound Card
Replies: 4
Views: 1730

Re: Sound Card

From their own documentation (the one linked in the OP)... It supports 32KBz,44.1khz.(which two need driver or application software support)and 48KHZ... Most of what they're saying doesn't even exist. There is no such thing as "32KBz" or "44.1khz", or "48KHZ". If they can't even get the basics right...
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:18 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Bringing up a Raspberry 3
Replies: 4
Views: 1028

Re: Bringing up a Raspberry 3

kyle2k wrote:Have you updated to the latest version of your OS with the microSD card in your Pi2?

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
Fixed!
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon
Replies: 48
Views: 9972

Re: Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon

I think it's a long overdue idea... It's hardly something they've just started doing this minute. ;) The phrase "jumping on the bandwagon" infers a degree of underhandedness to me, but I don't see that when the original 1TB PiDrive worked out much cheaper than buying all the parts separately from a...
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Future gpu upgrades
Replies: 47
Views: 10171

Re: Future gpu upgrades

more important than a gpu upgrade would be a soc upgrade. how expensive would it be to improve the memory controller to support more than 1gb of ram? how expensive would it be to make it support usb3 (which would also enable gbit lan)? All of this can already be very easily achieved by buying hardw...
by GTR2Fan
Tue Mar 15, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Swap area
Replies: 11
Views: 1513

Re: Swap area

tpylkko wrote:But, certainly you could use a swap partition if you put it on a USB HDD.
...which would be even slower than a fast microSD card.

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