vix90
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HELP!!

Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:38 pm

okay so I dont know what Im doing with this linux software. i have managed to put on debian (squeeze) on to my 32G SD card. i have managed to put on quake 3 and play it :D . however this is where the problems begin....(hope these questions havent been answered already)
1) How do you create a proper config.txt file? i have looked over threads and still cant manage to make the display the correct size.
2) To get sound i am currently having to type "sudo modprobe snd_bcm2835" every time i boot. Is there an easier way so i dont need to constantly type in the line?
3) How do you put VLC on?
4) Can flash be put on debian?
5) How do you put XMBC on?

Thank you to anyone who can shed any light or info on these problems that i have

obarthelemy
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Re: HELP!!

Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:27 pm

1- http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... config.txt
2- http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login, but put in your line instead of startx
3- you don't, I think VLC is not accelerated yet. Use omxplayer or xbmc
4- no
5- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IT1 ... edit?pli=1 , got that from http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 200#p73207

Have Fun !

vix90
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Re: HELP!!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:31 am

Thank you obarthelemy for the help :) . However, i do not understand what you mean by "2- http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login, but put in your line instead of startx" so do i have to keep typing the "sudo line" everytime instead of startx once i follow the tutorial you have given?

bredman
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Re: HELP!!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:32 am

An easier way to fix the sound problem is this command

sudo echo snd_bcm2835 >> /etc/modules

This adds snd_bcm2835 to the list of modules automatically loaded upon startup.

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stevepdp
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Re: HELP!!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:35 am

vix90 wrote:Thank you obarthelemy for the help :) . However, i do not understand what you mean by "2- http://elinux.org/RPi_Debian_Auto_Login, but put in your line instead of startx" so do i have to keep typing the "sudo line" everytime instead of startx once i follow the tutorial you have given?
He means edit the file /etc/profile, putting in "sudo modprobe snd_bcm2835" instead of "startx" as the tutorial suggests.

When your Pi boots up and hits the shell (bash), this is one of the first files that is read and executed. So the sound module should in effect load automatically on boot.

See bredman's post above too for an alternative (and better imo) solution.

vix90
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Re: HELP!!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:42 am

Thank you everybody. i have finaly got it to work. feel so dumb not understanding the instructions properly :lol:. cheers for the help

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Re: HELP!!

Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:33 pm

vix90 wrote:Thank you everybody. i have finaly got it to work. feel so dumb not understanding the instructions properly :lol:. cheers for the help
Don't feel dumb. Dumb is not asking questions in the first place.

The problem with instructions is that the people who really KNOW the answers tend to forget to include all the details when addressing a non-expert (let alone a rank beginner). There is a lot of "everybody knows *that*" assumptions included.

Like any field, the knowledgeable tend to "speak" using professional jargon, which is quite opaque to those seeking help.

There is an old quip in computer (and particularly, unix) circles when someone asks a question that can by answered (in the view of the person answering, at least) by a quick check of the documentation, It is: RTFM, for "Read the [Fine] Manual". This being a "family friendly" forum, you will understand that "Fine" is not the actual term used. I recall one interesting exchange on the usenet newsgroup comp.unix.questions, in which a poster ended his remarks with, "Don't tell me to RTFM if you WTFM." This was pertinent because, at that time, a number of the people that posted there *had* written the relevant manuals (and, in a number cases, the software in question, too).

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