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by dustnbone
Sat Feb 08, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: External Storage with RPi 4.
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: External Storage with RPi 4.

Most likely it's a USB power problem, the Pi has a hard limit of 1.2A supplied to the USB ports (all ports combined). A spinning hard drive without external power can easily go over this limit while initially spinning up, causing the USB bus to reset, making all kinds of crappiness happen. Easiest s...
by dustnbone
Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi 4 audio bit rate and sample rate
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: RPi 4 audio bit rate and sample rate

I have a pretty massive (2TB+) digital music collection and none of it is over 192 KHz. What on earth are you trying to play back? I'm fairly positive no human being can hear the difference between "native" 384 KHz and the same source downsampled to 192 KHz before playback.
by dustnbone
Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi Desktop for PC and Mac
Topic: Considering Linux on a desktop is Debian Stable suitable for novices?
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Re: Considering Linux on a desktop is Debian Stable suitable for novices?

There are other VNC server options for Linux, I use tightvncserver when I need a remote GUI and it works fine. It's also free.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Current news vs Pi production
Replies: 34
Views: 2444

Re: Current news vs Pi production

Also even if a city is quarantined, it doesn't necessarily mean production there halts. People within can still work unless they're sick and they are sterilizing mail and freight shipments, to what degree I don't know but things are still moving around.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:37 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: 32 gb SD card that came with the kit has 6(!) different partitions
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: 32 gb SD card that came with the kit has 6(!) different partitions

Windows won't be able to see the "main" root partition of the Raspbian install, which is where most of the space will be allocated. It uses a file system (EXT4) that is different from the ones that Windows uses.
by dustnbone
Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: BRUTALLY FRUSTRATED!!!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 678

Re: BRUTALLY FRUSTRATED!!!!!

Kodi is not the problem. It does an excellent, perhaps unparalleled job of what it's developers claim it can do. LibreELEC is very good at running Kodi on the Pi and several other platforms. Kodi has never claimed to include a browser, and more importantly never claimed to support Hulu, Netflix, or ...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Multiple Serial ports on the RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 215

Re: Multiple Serial ports on the RPi

A terminal server can be had fairly cheap used if you look around, there should be plenty of them in surplus, We used them in the mid to late 90s when I worked at a dialup ISP to connect our many USR external modems to the network. Assuming they haven't all been "recycled" finding one under $10 a po...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Headless install on RPi 3B from Windows 10
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Headless install on RPi 3B from Windows 10

Did you configure the wifi network on the card? https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/headless.md The ssh file just sets a flag telling the OS to configure/enable the SSH server. Once that is done the file is automaticaly deleted. No need to add it again, the configuaratio...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB C power port fell off
Replies: 11
Views: 1031

Re: USB C power port fell off

I'd expect no argument whatsoever from the vendor, that was a cold solder job, could have been caused by a few different things none of which are your fault. The part soldered before yours might have come out fine, the one after it almost certainly didn't solder at all and failed QC. Yours was the u...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Needing an Android controlling RPI to stream .pls audio stream to BlueTooth speaker.
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Needing an Android controlling RPI to stream .pls audio stream to BlueTooth speaker.

Check out Volumino

https://volumio.org/volumio-overview/

It does most of what you want out of the box, and can be set up for Bluetooth output pretty easily.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Background Interference with IQAudioDAC
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: Background Interference with IQAudioDAC

Most likely it's being picked up by the cables connecting the DAC output to the speaker inputs. Try moving them as to minimize the amount of them that's near the Pi. Next step is better shielded cables.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Access internet only from USB 4g dongle.
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Re: Access internet only from USB 4g dongle.

Interface metrics should work without breaking anything else.

https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debi ... ic_package
by dustnbone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Connect Raspberry Pi 3 to Cellular Data for VOIP
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Connect Raspberry Pi 3 to Cellular Data for VOIP

As long as it's supported by Linux, it should just show up as a USB network device, get an IP address from the wireless provider and go to work providing internet access. Once you put a SIM card in it that's activated with a data plan on a cell provider of course. EDIT: The device you linked to abov...
by dustnbone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?

I have not found a usb 3 powered hub, with 5V power supply that will work with the Pi 4 and power a usb powered HDD or SSD! i have one of these and I've tested it with an SSD and a 2.5" HDD and both seemed fine. Only issue I had was it backpowering the Pi4 and not allowing it to restart, but new fi...
by dustnbone
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Static IP address
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Static IP address

I guess in this case I assumed (not necessarily correctly) that since OP was accessing the Pi from outside the LAN, via port forwarding, they had access to the router configuration. They want a consistent IP on the Pi so that port is forwarded to the correct device on the LAN. The reason that doing ...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Static IP address
Replies: 12
Views: 704

Re: Static IP address

Remember that for a line to be valid you need to uncomment it. Lines beginning with # are considered comments and will be ignored by the daemon, so you must remove that # from lines you want to "use" This convention applies to most configuration files in Linux. Personally, I prefer to configure my r...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?
Replies: 9
Views: 645

Re: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?

Pretty much, yes, a powered hub is your only option without some serious hardware hacking. The limitiation isn't the power supply itself, but a regulator on the board that limits total USB power output to 1.2A. This power is shared across all 4 USB ports.
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4

I'd put both of them on the powered hub just to free up power for other things you might want to plug in, there's a hard limit of 1.2A combined total to all the USB ports on the Pi. But just putting the drive that keeps shutting off on there would be a good first troubleshooting step. The 2 ports (a...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Neatest way to attach 2x USB HDD’s
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Neatest way to attach 2x USB HDD’s

Most of the ones I've seen don't have external power connectors, but this one does.

https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-ProRa ... B01N44HETR

The only question is if the USB -> SATA bridge plays nice with Raspbian, most likely it does but I don't know for sure.
by dustnbone
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4

Sounds like it's running low on power at some point, try running it through a powered hub and see if the problem persists.
by dustnbone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: OMXplayer won't play content
Replies: 15
Views: 549

Re: OMXplayer won't play content

Try Kodi, there are probably several sports streaming plugins for it. You wouldn't need a browser for that.
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1578

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

Even if there's a bottleneck holding back sustained transfer rates, an SSD will generally be considerably faster at random IOPS than any microSD card. This is what really holds back desktop performance, especially with limited RAM. Even on my old Pi2 with it's slow USB2, an SSD as root device is way...

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