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by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Composite > VGA converter for Rasberry Pi
Replies: 6
Views: 2516

Re: Composite > VGA converter for Rasberry Pi

I use one of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CCTV-DVD-DVR-TV-RCA-AV-S-Video-Composite-Video-input-to-VGA-PC-Converter-Adapter-/220898958318?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Video_Cables_Adapters&hash=item336e9a9bee It seems to work ok and I have my DVD player hooked up to the S-Video input too, so I can...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:16 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Can't install Transmission-Daemon
Replies: 4
Views: 4306

Re: Can't install Transmission-Daemon

apt-get update - updates the list of what software is available from the servers. This is the most important one. apt-get upgrade - downloads and installs any updated software - as long as that doesn't require installing extra software or deleting already installed software. apt-get dist-upgrade - L...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: few questions
Replies: 6
Views: 844

Re: few questions

Starting the X server puts quite a drain on the PSU. Have you tried measuring the TP1 - TP2 voltage when you do that? Some PSUs claim to be rated 1A, but can't always cope (I have a no-name cheap one rated 1A that drops to about 3V when I try and take more than 0.2A from it). The other thing is the ...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: using pi's on board usb to recieve data from pc and store in
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: using pi's on board usb to recieve data from pc and stor

Simple answer. No, it's not possible. The PC is a Master USB device. The Pi is a Master USB device. You can only connect slaves to masters. Complicated answer: There are some cables that will allow a Master to Master connection via a bit of electronic trickery in the middle, but even that won't do w...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspbian on the HDD for booting (SOLVED)
Replies: 8
Views: 5193

Re: Raspbian on the HDD for booting

When talking about the image, do you mean you downloaded a fresh image file? If so, you should extract it to /dev/sdb, not /dev/sdb1 (Caution: This will overwrite anything on the disk!). Then disconnect the drive and plug it in again and you will see /dev/sdb1 (FAT) and /dev/sdb2 (ext4) - the same a...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Beep on Power On
Replies: 4
Views: 1897

Re: Beep on Power On

This could be done a number of ways with simple circuits conneted to the GPIO power pins. For example: 1. A capacitor that charges slowly from the 5v line, driving a transistor that runs another pair of transistors as an oscilator to produce the sound, stopping one the capacitor is charged. 2. A pai...
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Using serial port as non root
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Re: Using serial port as non root

Normally, serial ports have a group of "dialout" and adding your user to that group would be sufficient. I'm not sure that changing the permissions or ownership of the port is a good idea.
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Help Gettin ssh working
Replies: 8
Views: 1128

Re: Help Gettin ssh working

You do not need a crossover cable to connect anything to the pi (assuming you're using the on-board ethernet). It has auto-sense and will handle the crossover automatcally if needed. Any standard network cable will do.
by rpdom
Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Bash text colours - need monochrome - help !
Replies: 4
Views: 2357

Re: Bash text colours - need monochrome - help !

The "ls" command has been aliased to use "ls --color=auto" which shows different types of files in different colours. Some people like this, it seems. To disable it for your current session, use "unalias ls". To disable it permently for that user, edit .bashrc and comment out the line " alias ls='ls...
by rpdom
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help compiling an IM
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Please help compiling an IM

don't just download the default wheezy package as you'll end up with amd64 or i386 not armv6. try: http://packages.debian.org/wheezy/armhf/pidgin/download I wouldn't recommend this unless you want to break your system. The standard Debian armhf does not support armv6. It is armv7 and above only. St...
by rpdom
Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Please help compiling an IM
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Please help compiling an IM

Seeing as you mention it, I'm going to assume you are using Raspbian. Have you looked to see if ekg2 is already built and available for Raspbian? clue: apt-cache show ekg2 If it is, then you don't need to bother with messing around with compiling it yourself (unless you want the practice), just inst...
by rpdom
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Getting IP from int. network, unable to connect to internet
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Getting IP from int. network, unable to connect to inter

Hmm, if the IP comes from the Mac Mini, then that should be providing the dns server addresses too. I wonder if there is a settng for that?
by rpdom
Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: uuencode, broken and intermittent segfault??
Replies: 5
Views: 2108

Re: uuencode, broken and intermittent segfault??

I'd do

sudo apt-get --reinstall install sharutils

to reinstall the package
by rpdom
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Pi = DCC for model railways?
Replies: 34
Views: 25039

Re: Pi = DCC for model railways?

I believe a few people have been working on this and may have been some success.

Searching the forums for "model railway dcc" seems to get a number of hits.
by rpdom
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:12 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Getting IP from int. network, unable to connect to internet
Replies: 4
Views: 776

Re: Getting IP from int. network, unable to connect to inter

Are you using fixed IP addresses on your Pi, or is it getting an address from a DHCP server (in the router or something). If it gets it's address via DHCP, it should also be given the addresses of the DNS server(s) at the same time. If you are using a fixed or static address in /etc/interfaces, then...
by rpdom
Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:32 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Download via Console
Replies: 5
Views: 21594

Re: Download via Console

wget is the command to download files from the internet in Linux (it is installed by default in Raspbian).

Example:

wget http://download.udk.com/UDKInstall-2013-02-BETA2.exe
by rpdom
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Horse and cattle prices
Replies: 23
Views: 2338

Re: Horse and cattle prices

I have no objections to eating horse meat, as long as it comes from a verifiable source fit for consumption.

Although one of my favourite meats is rabbit.
by rpdom
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: How do you know if the SD card is properly setup?
Replies: 2
Views: 487

Re: How do you know if the SD card is properly setup?

If the card is set up correctly you should see a smallish FAT/MSDOS partition (about 80MB) with a few boot and startup files like "start.elf", "loader.bin" etc.. The rest of the card won't be visible to OSX or Windows as it is formatted as Linux ext4. If you don't see that small partition, you haven...
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: [Tutorial] Show RPI's Temperature with a command.
Replies: 71
Views: 572656

Re: [Tutorial] Show RPI's Temperature with a command.

Nice tip!

I'd just like to point out that you don't need "sudo" to run nano on files in your home directory. You already have all the permissions you need. Keep root/superuser privileges for when they are really needed - it's safer prcatice.
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Wrong colors on TV Headend (Composite Video Out)
Replies: 65
Views: 11088

Re: Wrong colors on TV Headend (Composite Video Out)

Ok, after lots of investigation with the colour issue, I found the following results with the "next" files: Upto and including the first version on 17 Nov (f709f0eb167b8b17ae94ea2a8499936e28546366) "Recreate opt/vc files from userland tree", the colours are normal with "hdmi_ignore_hotplug=1". The s...
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 5:07 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Wrong colors on TV Headend (Composite Video Out)
Replies: 65
Views: 11088

Re: Wrong colors on TV Headend (Composite Video Out)

Ok, I have checked the commits myself.

The 26 Nov update shows the correct colours.

The 27 Dec update doesn't.

I then reverted back to the 26 Nov update, just to check, and the colours were correct again.

This is on a Rev 1.0 model B, if it makes any difference.
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Update - what does it do?
Replies: 3
Views: 545

Re: Update - what does it do?

The "update" option only updates the index files of what software is available. It doesn't update any software. You need to do an "upgrade" as well to install any updated versions of the software you have got installed. Occasionally you may need to do a "dist-upgrade", but only if the normal upgrade...
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Just ordered my third Pi WAHOO
Replies: 7
Views: 1337

Re: Just ordered my third Pi WAHOO

I've got three. A rev 1 "B" that I bought on day 1, and two "A"s that my wife bought me as a late birthday present :) Niiiice! Thanks Wifey! Especially as you already had one. Already had a wife? Only just... my first Pi was originally supposed to turn up on our wedding day! Luckily it was a few da...
by rpdom
Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:20 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: help
Replies: 6
Views: 759

Re: help

Just to check that your keyboard is working correctly, try typing "raspberry" instead of "pi" for the username. Obviously this won't work for logging in, but you will be able to see if the keys are all working correctly and not giving the wrong letters.
by rpdom
Sat Feb 23, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: Detect Revision number
Replies: 2
Views: 707

Re: Detect Revision number

Thanks Dom, that's exactly what I needed :-)

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