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by CaptSunset
Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:06 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon
Replies: 48
Views: 10672

Western Digital jumps onto the Pi BandWagon

Don't know how many of you ever registered a new drive with Western Digital, but they'll then send you email more often than your best friend... ;) I got an unusual one today and thought it's something of a benchmark in Pi popularity/recognition, here's a part of it: WD PiDrive 314GB* (Native USB 7m...
by CaptSunset
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: What about the 2 Onscreen Keyboards?
Replies: 3
Views: 1078

What about the 2 Onscreen Keyboards?

OK... the online instructions here for the OFD mention two different downloadable onscreen keyboards: Matchbox and Florence . Why would you pick one over the other? (I downloaded Matchbox and that seemed to go OK; except that unlike the instructions, I couldn't find it afterward in Accessories> Keyb...
by CaptSunset
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: What About Sound with the OFD?
Replies: 4
Views: 848

Re: What About Sound with the OFD?

Thanks much for your responses, guys! Just a quick FYI for anybody's future reference: I'd apt-get upgrade 'd before attaching the Pi2B, and for now used the power linking setup where the Pi draws from the display card. Everything went OK; but I guess because the HDMI had been the previous default, ...
by CaptSunset
Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:54 pm
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: What About Sound with the OFD?
Replies: 4
Views: 848

What About Sound with the OFD?

My Official Foundation Display finally arrived, and got assembled yesterday. I know sound isn't the 'responsibility' of the display, but now I'm wondering where & how to tap into audio with the DSI in place. I'm not seeing any posts on this subject, so hopefully it is no biggie? Eventually, I'd like...
by CaptSunset
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What programs are you lacking on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 18
Views: 3562

Re: What programs are you lacking on Raspberry Pi

Доброе утро, pUnK- I'm glad to see your company reaching out; with politics the way they are, it's starting to look like it's up to the techies to fix the world. It would be nice to see Moscow on this list: The Smart City Forum is a newly launched collaboration of TM Forum members that consists of s...
by CaptSunset
Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How are you storing & organizing your microSD cards?
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

Re: How are you storing & organizing your microSD cards?

All good suggestions here! Nick's stickers reminded me of those dang CD printable adhesive labelling systems, that was a pain! I even have a few unused Lightscribe DVDs too; well past their sell-by date; and the burner is still in a machine the size of a suitcase. The Pi is sure spoiling me! :D &......
by CaptSunset
Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How are you storing & organizing your microSD cards?
Replies: 9
Views: 1574

How are you storing & organizing your microSD cards?

Hi guys- I seem to be collecting quite a few of the little devils; my first few cards came in little plastic cases, but later they came with standard SD adapters and no cases. I worked out an ID system using little paint pen dots on the gripping end to keep track of which card is which and how many ...
by CaptSunset
Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: Official Foundation Display
Topic: Removing LCD Screen from RPi.
Replies: 11
Views: 2004

Re: Removing LCD Screen from RPi.

Interesting thread; my Foundation touchscreen hasn't arrived yet, but I'll have a similar need to view, frame & control timelapse while minimizing battery power use. Just wondering if you couldn't gain manual/software control of the screensaver blanking; I'm guessing that should reduce power consump...
by CaptSunset
Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Another new 10 Things you can do with Pi3 Article
Replies: 1
Views: 560

Another new 10 Things you can do with Pi3 Article

Hi guys- There's a somewhat disappointing Top 10 Tech Republic article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/the-top-10-projects-to-try-out-with-your-raspberry-pi-3/10/ Most of the things seem OK, if a little bit old hat- retro games and Chrome/Android builds; nothing about using Bluetooth, the...
by CaptSunset
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?

It need not be "tiny" --- Things change ;) Trev. Thanks Trevor! You're right, just saw ads for 128 gig name-brand flashdrives already going at half price... As I recall the 1.8 NOOBS installation dialog, it didn't have any sizing option- the extra partition was half a gig. S'pose I could use someth...
by CaptSunset
Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Re: Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?

You need to understand the NOOBS Partitioning https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs/wiki/NOOBS-partitioning-explained I believe from Memory the EXT4 Partition is there so one has a Partition which can be accessed by every OS installed.. :? OK, thanks FotL; I think I almost understand some of that pa...
by CaptSunset
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Using the Foundation Display with Pi3B
Replies: 8
Views: 1374

Using the Foundation Display with Pi3B

Hi guys- I'm considering getting my new Pi3B one of the Official Foundation Touchscreens. But I'm wondering if the back-centered Pi mounting position would interfere with the new onboard wifi & bluetooth, or make frequent connector socket access more of a hassle? Is there any reason to wait; or is t...
by CaptSunset
Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?
Replies: 8
Views: 1250

Why would I want to create a tiny EXT4 partition?

I've installed Raspian (thru NOOBS) onto an m-SD card several times now, but each time I've wondered why Setup asks if I want to create a small EXT4 partition during the process. OK, I'm sure the answer is so obvious that you'll wonder how I can type & chew pizza at the same time... :roll: What do p...
by CaptSunset
Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:22 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: New NOOBS doesn't contain OpenElec installer?
Replies: 7
Views: 2222

New NOOBS doesn't contain OpenElec installer?

So the truck just showed up out of the snow carrying my new Pi3B (and the Foundation 3B case). Days ago I downloaded the newest NOOBS 1.8 installer and prepped a brand new SD card. Like a kid on Christmas, I assembled the case (thoughtful features!) attached a keyboard/mouse dongle, a Cat 5 cable, H...
by CaptSunset
Sat Mar 05, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B

Thank you FotL, thanks both you guys! :D The truck with my Pi3B aboard just pulled in thru a snow squall; I'm going to see how much Pi-ing I can get done this afternoon (while I have an excuse for not doing what I'm supposed to do 8-) ). hmmm... a subsidiary question just for future reference- does ...
by CaptSunset
Fri Mar 04, 2016 1:43 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B
Replies: 5
Views: 829

Re: USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B

Wow, thanks much, GTR2Fan! Completely forgot it is software controlled; and had read some stuff about backpowering when I first got started- assumed that was the prob. Will check that out, as it would eliminate an extra device; but what would be a safe increment to raise it ? (am guessing it is like...
by CaptSunset
Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B
Replies: 5
Views: 829

USB 2 Powered Hubs, Hard Drives, & Pi3B

Hi guys- I'm having a little trouble locating powered USB 2 hubs at all; online seller descriptions confuse the recharging type with the signal type, don't give power specs, and are generally giving way to the vastly more expensive USB 3 models. As you prob'ly know, the power spec for the Pi3B has b...
by CaptSunset
Tue Mar 01, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Articles from Elsewhere about Pi3B
Replies: 13
Views: 2301

Re: Articles from Elsewhere about Pi3B

Please guys, let's not have the windows discussion in this thread; it's supposed to be for current news links about the Pi. Here's another today from the Beeb about Pi's being used in Syria as radio transmitters: "Raspberry Pi computers are being used to power "micro" radio transmitters in Syria. Th...
by CaptSunset
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Articles from Elsewhere about Pi3B
Replies: 13
Views: 2301

Articles from Elsewhere about Pi3B

Just found a new Eben Upton interview at Tech Republic. (Please post any other article links that seem like good stuff.) I especially enjoyed reading this bit: " However, from a technical standpoint, Upton says the Pi 3 has the chops to run a full version of Windows - pointing out the similarities o...
by CaptSunset
Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A quick Case Q for the Pi3B
Replies: 2
Views: 492

A quick Case Q for the Pi3B

I've ordered my Pi3B (dang it, limit 1), but it'll take a few days to get here. My question is for anyone who's actually got one in hand. :mrgreen: < envy When reading the blog post, there was this: " ...the only change is to the position of the LEDs, which have moved to the other side of the SD car...
by CaptSunset
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:53 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspi-Config is arguing with itself
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Raspi-Config is arguing with itself

This seems like a beginner's problem, but I've never seen it before and am wondering what I did differently to this Pi 2B. ( I'm trying to track various changes to 3 Pi's, and it is kinda trying) After a normal sudo apt-get update , and a mostly normal sudo apt-get update these lines happened: Setti...
by CaptSunset
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Messages on Smart TV display after starting program or video
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: Messages on Smart TV display after starting program or v

Hi- don't have any for-sure answer, but I'm using a 24" Vizio Smart TV ( great monitor), and it will display the input info on the screen for a couple seconds. HDMI is 2-way communication; welcome to the internet of things! ;) If you started with Noobs, try running OpenELEC and see if it makes a dif...
by CaptSunset
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Powering RPi 2 from li-ion battery
Replies: 13
Views: 2186

Re: Powering RPi 2 from li-ion battery

Getting back to the OP's original subject... ;) I've run a Pi 2B over 24 hours straight directly from a PNY T10400; one of those cell phone boosters. It comes with a short USB<>miniUSB cable, and has 2 outputs: 1 Amp & 2.4 Amps; both can be used simultaneously. It has an LED bar to show remaining ch...
by CaptSunset
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: Flite: Small Runtime Speech Synthesis Engine
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Flite: Small Runtime Speech Synthesis Engine

I happened to notice an update flow by on my Ubuntu machine for something called Small Runtime Speech Synthesis Engine . I didn't know what the package was part of, but it sounded interesting. On googling it, Flite appeared as the name; which apparently was developed by Carnegie Mellon & University ...
by CaptSunset
Wed May 20, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: The Sound of (HDMI) Silence
Replies: 12
Views: 1490

Re: The Sound of (HDMI) Silence

tvservice -a PCM supported: Max channels: 2, Max samplerate: 192kHz, Max samplesize 20 bits. A strange samplesize. Now play some sound file with omxplayer. oxmplayer myfile.mp3 or omxplayer -o hdmi myfile.mp3 Thanks gkreidl, but no joy so far. (I had to remember to move the mp3 from the desktop to ...

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