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by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

Yes, I'll also give it a go, now that another SD card has arrived in the post today. Meantime, I've being doing some housework on this laptop to find space to create compressed images. - xz wants to create a temporary file in my home directory and unfortunately that partition is rather full of other...
by ejsolutions
Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

You can download files up to 799 Mb only.
Upgrade your account to download bigger files.
:(
Step 8: "cd xbmc-rbp/" - you don't need this directory once the build process is complete.
Also, "sudo apt-get clean" may give back some space.
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Screw holes / Mounting the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 27
Views: 17952

Re: Screw holes / Mounting the Raspberry Pi

Getting back to the mounting point idea, I spotted this on feeBay, albeit it's expensive for what it is:
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

Thanks for even thinking about an update to pisces, given the current fluidity of debian. I notice that when I exit xbmc, to the console, that I get a "no talloc stackframe around, leaking memory" though it's likely to be due to my own particular setup. Thought I'd mention it, in case others are als...
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:48 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

Iggy82 wrote:...zipped up its 1.3GB...
This appears to be excessively large! Have you removed the xbmc source files? Try archiving the image with xz or 7z formats.
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:12 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

Two days on and I've got XBMC running on my 'tainted' pisces image. Initial impressions are that it runs pretty smoothly. I'll need to go and find a jack-to-RCA cable to check on sound functionality but SD video certainly streams fine from my local NAS, onto a composite output. Presumably the source...
by ejsolutions
Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:29 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: ifconfig & co
Replies: 9
Views: 9481

Re: ifconfig & co

mpthompson wrote: What's wrong with vi? And what's nano?...
LOL. Absolutely nothing for those who remember Wordstar. nano=something related to pico? :)
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:12 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting composite video to work
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: Getting composite video to work

It may be the pre-installed image that is the issue.
I thoroughly recommend that you look to Raspbian and become familiar with ssh.
http://www.raspbian.org
(I'll leave you to Google ssh for your own OS.)
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting composite video to work
Replies: 3
Views: 985

Re: Getting composite video to work

Not much info to go on.
Which distro are you using?
Can you ssh into the Pi?
Contents of my /boot/config.txt (for 16:9 aspect)

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sdtv_mode=2
sdtv_aspect=3
overscan_left=12
overscan_right=0
overscan_top=-6
overscan_bottom=-2
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian
Replies: 399
Views: 174917

Re: Instructions for building XBMC for Raspbian

... I'll try and host an SD image of this once I have it all up and running (probably tomorrow night). A 'clean' pisces+xbmc image would be extremely useful for many. I'm currently building as per above but it's on a system with tweaks and additions. So far, I've noted: Early on there was a complai...
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: ifconfig & co
Replies: 9
Views: 9481

Re: ifconfig & co

mpthompson wrote:The "ifconfig" family of tools seem to be obsolete ...
I'll never get used to new fangled things (includes nano vs. vi) - old habits die hard. ;)
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: ifconfig & co
Replies: 9
Views: 9481

Re: ifconfig & co

sudo aptitude install wireless-tools
As per quite a few instructions around the web eg. http://wiki.debian.org/WiFi/
by ejsolutions
Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Keep up the good work!
Replies: 2
Views: 975

Re: Keep up the good work!

I'll second the gesture and have donated a token amount. Go guys - Raspbian Rocks!
8-)
by ejsolutions
Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:46 pm
Forum: Puppy
Topic: Puppy for RP, Alpha2
Replies: 38
Views: 45491

Re: Puppy for RP, Alpha2

In the rush to rebuke, I notice that the salient points have been missed: "Not a good default, IMHO." "...handling of windows, with many not fitting into the screen resolution, when using a composite screen." I'm well capable of hunting around for relevant information but I thought that Puppi was ge...
by ejsolutions
Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: Puppy
Topic: Puppy for RP, Alpha2
Replies: 38
Views: 45491

Re: Puppy for RP, Alpha2

A key issue with the current version is that it assumes a digital monitor is available. After attempting to boot and getting a blank screen, I discovered the forced HDMI in config.txt. Not a good default, IMHO. Next issues are with the handling of windows, with many not fitting into the screen resol...
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 01, 2012 8:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Wireless keyboard and touchpad
Replies: 7
Views: 5962

Re: Wireless keyboard and touchpad

[For those of us who don't get on well with touchpads.] I've had no problems (so far) with a wireless mini keyboard and trackball, with the added bonus of a laser pointer for exercising the cat. :) The keys are a bit shiny and therefore reflective and unless laid down, typing is quite slow but it is...
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 01, 2012 7:31 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101228

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Seems fair enough and in keeping with the inclusion of X. I've been a user of Mint for a number of years and the transition from Gnome to MATE hasn't been completely smooth, though appears improved in this Pi version. On the PC, I prefer the Cinnamon alternative to MATE, though I don't know how it c...
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101228

Re: MATE for Raspbian

Steep wrote:Maybe some.basic.linux.commands.txt placed on the fat32 partition with stuff like apt-get, wget, startx nano and a short explanation of each.

One of the most frustrating things about Linux is the lack of 'user friendly instructions' for new users.
:idea: A few lines could be added to /etc/motd
by ejsolutions
Sun Jul 01, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: MATE for Raspbian
Replies: 145
Views: 101228

Re: MATE for Raspbian

The MATE project have not yet released their own X display manager, so you need to install a separate display manager. (I would recommend LightDM) Once that is done it should auto-magically go to the graphical login menu at startup. I was going to try using SLIM, but it was too late at night when I...
by ejsolutions
Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22953

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

Well, all I can say is that you're doing a super service to the community, with this distro. After muchos hours of tinkering, I now have the Pi running using a D-link DWL-G122 (Ralink RT73usb) connection, with wicd installed to control it. The wireless protocols certainly put a bit of overhead on th...
by ejsolutions
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image
Replies: 87
Views: 22953

Re: New Raspbian "Pisces" Image

Fantastic work on this! Having just got my Pi today, first port of call was to get 'Pisces' running - primarily due it using hardfloat but also because of the automated ssh. Just a slight hiccup, during initial setup: sudo apt-get update && apt-get dist-update complains about not being able to acces...

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