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by RossDv8
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Complete backup and restore HELP !!!
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Re: Complete backup and restore HELP !!!

I have never needed to do this, but I answered this question for someone else a few weeks ago. I mentioned that the program that is used for SD Card Backup is called piclone, and I suggested they might be able to use it in a script. I think the OP in that case managed to do that. I will try to find ...
by RossDv8
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:37 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Pi4 64-bit raspbian kernel for testing - Focus on Pi4
Replies: 290
Views: 79884

Re: Pi4 64-bit raspbian kernel for testing - Focus on Pi4

Thanks for that suggestion. Yes, at one time I had changed external USB drives. And I had actually suggested the backfeed power problem and a reply suggested I might be right. But after a firmware update, it all stared working. Then, as I mentioned in this post, after another update reboot stopped w...
by RossDv8
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What are people using for an external drive shelf?
Replies: 1
Views: 137

Re: What are people using for an external drive shelf?

I just sat mine on a couple of clothes pegs for a while, then I decided to get fancy, and found an aluminium 'egg ring'. A few moments with some pliers to reshape it, a piece of non skid rubbery stuff under it to stop it skidding and a little over it to stop the Pi sliding and it fits, it keeps the ...
by RossDv8
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Complete backup and restore HELP !!!
Replies: 12
Views: 486

Re: Complete backup and restore HELP !!!

Put a new microSD card into a card reader in one of the Pi 4 USB 3 ports. make sure it is the same size as, or bigger than, the card you are booting / runnng your Pi 4 on. Now open the Raspbian Menu, and Accessories and find SD card Copier. Copy your MicroSD card to the new one in your card reader. ...
by RossDv8
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: OS or Hardware issues?
Replies: 14
Views: 740

Re: OS or Hardware issues?

Using a Pi 4 with Raspbian Buster and I have noticed the same thing occasionally, the most recent was yesterday. So I understand Windowsfree writing 'If I power off with the hardware switch.' because the Pi forces me to do that often. I just watch to make sure there is no activity on LEDs before pul...
by RossDv8
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Pi4 64-bit raspbian kernel for testing - Focus on Pi4
Replies: 290
Views: 79884

Re: Pi4 64-bit raspbian kernel for testing - Focus on Pi4

I just noticed this post again and realised I had forgotten I was running the 64-bit Colonel. Since I began using him I have changed to booting from microSD / running on SSD, and done a number of updates/upgrades. All without issue, except that for a few weeks the Pi 4 suddenly began doing a normal ...
by RossDv8
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Black border on screen of HDMI2
Replies: 9
Views: 682

Re: Black border on screen of HDMI2

I had a black border around one of my screens and messed with config.txt and a heap of other stuff with no result. Then I found an obscure setting to change the aspect ratio on the HDMI TV. Your post says 'screen'. It does not say whether you are using a TV as a display or a dedicated HDMI monitor. ...
by RossDv8
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Touchscreen input as tablet
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Touchscreen input as tablet

Could it work using a web browser as an interface? I'm not sure if I undestand the question, but it sounds like you want to input to a program using sliders on a touch screen. Would it work if the sliders were laid out on a html page? If that page could actually 'be' the desktop? In the past I have ...
by RossDv8
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Chromium SNAP Package warning - AND Question
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: Chromium SNAP Package warning - AND Question

Thank heaven for that, although it surprised me to find the requisite files for snap in the Raspbian repo, which was the reason for this post.
I wonder why they are there, if snap is not likely to be any use in Raspbian...
by RossDv8
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Chromium SNAP Package warning - AND Question
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Chromium SNAP Package warning - AND Question

I noticed that the files required to install and run snap packages are in the Raspbian Buster repo. I also discovered that the latest Chromium Browser in some Linux distros, particularly Ubuntu based distros, have begun transitioning from deb packages to snap packages for distribution and update. No...
by RossDv8
Tue Nov 12, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )

My 240GB SSD was new and not formatted logically either. Blank new drives have always showed up for me using the lsblk command. It is possible the new drive is faulty. It is also possible that if you are using an adapter to plug the drive into the USB port on the Pi, that adapter might not be compat...
by RossDv8
Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:54 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )

Did you try lsblk in a Terminal before you tried fdisk? Did the new disk show for example, on my Pi 4 it shows these disks plugged into my USB ports pi@raspberrypi:~ $ lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 223.6G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 256M 0 part /media/pi/boot └─sda2 8:2 0 223.3G 0 ...
by RossDv8
Mon Nov 11, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 USB power problems
Replies: 14
Views: 814

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 USB power problems

I solved my USB hard drive problems by using USB splitter cables. These cables are fairy cheap on ebay or amazon or maybe at your computer store. They have two male USB plugs and a female USB socket. One male USB plug has a RED marking (on mine is it like RED shrink wrap). This end goes into a 5V US...
by RossDv8
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: pulseaudio start on boot?
Replies: 11
Views: 23277

Re: pulseaudio start on boot?

Just in case anyone is still having trouble getting the pulseaudio daemon to run automatically on startup, I found the easiest was ti install pasystray (using the Raspbian software installer), or sudo apt-get install pasystray. Ypu might have to add it to the panel (as an applet) to actually see it....
by RossDv8
Mon Nov 11, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: SOLVED: How do I get multiple backgrounds back?
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: SOLVED: How do I get multiple backgrounds back?

Hmmm, interesting. Because I like different wallpapers on my desktops I might take my own advice and do a backup, then try your suggestion of comparing those file then trying one line at a time on any differences :-).

In the mean time, congrats for giving us 'old folks' something exciting to do...
by RossDv8
Sat Nov 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: firefox VS chromium
Replies: 17
Views: 3129

Re: firefox VS chromium

I'm going to update this post, because I have had the chance to experiment more with the Pi 4, and although I believe the original post was about the Pi 3B+, people with the Pi 4 might be finding this thread. For a fast, lightweight browser to play video in various ways, kweb is excellent, provided ...
by RossDv8
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Issues with the K400 keyboard
Replies: 11
Views: 1307

Re: Issues with the K400 keyboard

If you ever use the k400 series keyboards and rodents with the Pi 4 from a distance, for example, as a multimedia centres while sitting in a comfy chair across the room, and the mouse cursor (or trackpad on the k400r) is messing up. I found the k400, especially the k400r is very sensitive to directi...
by RossDv8
Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Ubuntu
Topic: rpi-4 4 Gb of ram usb`s may be fixed ....to some extent..and or..
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Re: rpi-4 4 Gb of ram usb`s may be fixed ....to some extent..and or..

I read this on Saturday morning 9th Nov, and realised I had not updated my Pi 4 for about a week. So I ran the update / full upgrade. My update script does a reboot at the end once everything has been installed. Some time recently it suddenly began rebooting ok with external drives plugged into USB ...
by RossDv8
Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: how to install disk mSSD not recognized ( or format )

This person had a problem with a USB device, and while theirs was a camera, and yours is a drive I noticed a couple of things in common. One was that in both cases, the error message mentions 'using dwc_otg'. They found appending a line to cmdine.txt solved their problem. It might not work for yours...
by RossDv8
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?
Replies: 53
Views: 7190

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?

I'm pretty sure that anybody who uses Chromium on RPi4 will eventually notice the freezing I'm talking about, and it will happen with more regularity than on your Intel i7. As for YouTube, sometimes it will just freeze but continue to play audio for several seconds, a behavior I don't see on other ...
by RossDv8
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?
Replies: 53
Views: 7190

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 as a primary desktop computer?

Oh! Just to add. One other drawback. (Over a Win desktop) is - you will have to learn the command line crpytology that is Linux. :shock: Why?? I grew up with Unix. Moved to cp/m then MS/Dos and eventually Windows, OS/2 and Windows95. When Linux became available I played with it and in 1998 I began ...
by RossDv8
Wed Nov 06, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Buster : downgraded 'rm' command , how to upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: Buster : downgraded 'rm' command , how to upgrade

My Buster says rm -r and rm -f are still available, so I expect rm -rf should still work. But I have nothing I want to test it on just at the moment. Possibly try with a lower case f (justin case..) pi@raspberrypi:~ $ rm --help Usage: rm [OPTION]... [FILE]... Remove (unlink) the FILE(s). -f, --force...
by RossDv8
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi 4 usb boot?
Replies: 513
Views: 152235

Re: Raspberry Pi 4 usb boot?

After my experience when I changed to the bootable SSD on my Pi 3B+, I think the only real advantage I will have when this facility is added to the Pi 4, is that loading pictures from my digital camera will not tie up a USB 3 port :-) It is great that the Raspberry Pi is so flexible and the team so ...
by RossDv8
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: new forum section
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: new forum section

If it was one of my web sites I might just change the text on the main Help page from 'Help guides...' to 'Help guides and Tutorials'. That might make it a little more obvious for some people who don;t understand the captions on each 'section' image. It 'might' also add more search hits for people w...
by RossDv8
Tue Nov 05, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: new forum section
Replies: 13
Views: 1435

Re: new forum section

I sort of agree, but my reply was based on the original post in this topic, which specifically asked about a forum section on tutorials. A surprising number of people are not interested in learning how to use a search engine. These days many people just search for whatever comes into their mind. As ...

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