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I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:33 pm

I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".
My first project will be to have the Raspberry as a media player with USB to a hard drive and HDMI to the TV.
What do I need for this first instalment?
I have a blue tooth keyboard and mouse, I have the cables.
I guess I need,
the card (witch model?)
SD-card (how big?)
Card holder?

I am using Ubuntu in my PCs is that making it harder or easier?

Jörgen

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:04 pm

If you already have a keyboard and mouse, I wouldn't buy a kit.

1) get the raspberry pi 2
2) 8 GB size would be ideal.
3) you're going to need a power supply. 5V 2A is the best.

Ubuntu will make the process much easier than Windows.

Have fun! ;)
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:32 pm

kusti8 wrote: Ubuntu will make the process much easier than Windows.
+1 By an order of magnitude in my opinion.
Don't judge Linux by the Pi.......
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:17 pm

Type of SD-card doesn't really matter, but look out for fakes, buy from a reliable supplier.

don't start with extreme card sizes on your first try, for example special measures are needed when using 64GB cards.

most micro-SD-cards come with a card holder, so you can program the card in a programmer meant for regular size cards.

the card connector on a PI is very small, so fragile so handle with care. it's a push to insert - push to release card connector, so don't try to pull out the card, or you may damage the card connectors locking mechanism.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:41 pm

Thank You all for the quick answers
kusti8 wrote:If you already have a keyboard and mouse, I wouldn't buy a kit.

1) get the raspberry pi 2
Good
2) 8 GB size would be ideal.
Good again
3) you're going to need a power supply. 5V 2A is the best.
I will have a look in the garage to see what I have lying around

Ubuntu will make the process much easier than Windows.
Sounds good!

Have fun! ;)
Thank You!

I like Your signature!
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sun Apr 26, 2015 5:10 am

I have ordered a "Raspberry Pi 2 Model B 1GB RAM" and a "SanDisk microSDHC 8GB Card + SD Adapter - Class 4" from CDON.COM.

Thank You guys.
I will get back to You about installing.

Jörgen

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:04 am

My unit is on the way!
If I want to use it as a mediaplayer, do I use this installation guide?
https://github.com/raspberrypi/noobs/bl ... x-software

Jörgen

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I use Ubuntu as a OS

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:15 am

There are 10 types of people: those who understand binary and those who don't.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:47 pm

My unit has arrived!
kusti8 wrote: 3) you're going to need a power supply. 5V 2A is the best.
I will have a look in the garage to see what I have lying around
I have one 6V and 300mA

Is that way off?

Jörgen

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I am downloading raspex-ubuntu-15.04-armhf-923mb-150318.zip at the moment!

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:53 pm

6 volts is too much and 300mA is not enough. It has to be a 5V supply.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:58 pm

Ok!
It seem like the download is very slow so I will have time to get a better power supply! ;)

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:15 pm

I have the raspex-ubuntu-15.04-armhf-3050mb-150318.img on my laptop but I can't find the memory card on the laptop?

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:30 pm

It should just pop up. Try formatting it again with GParted if that sees it.
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:12 pm

It should show up as D: or E: drive.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:04 pm

JimmyN wrote:It should show up as D: or E: drive.
He's using Ubuntu, so it should show up under /media/ I'm pretty sure.
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Wed Apr 29, 2015 5:06 pm

/media
seems to be eampty ?????
I have started a thread on the Ubuntu forum about this!

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:45 pm

This kit is a pretty good value: http://www.amazon.com/Guide--Clear-Case ... rry+pi+kit

It's only $70 and comes with a lot of goodies.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:53 am

About the power supply, can I run it from a USB charger?

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:52 am

Krassegrand wrote:About the power supply, can I run it from a USB charger?

Jörgen
Many people do, but the quality of the output is important.

a standard USB phone "charger" normally outputs 5v but the amps rating will vary quite widely, the cheaper versions won't manage to reliably output the correct voltage at higher current flows. a decent tablet USB "charger" or a high end smartphone "charger" should be fine.

I keep saying "charger" as a charger doesn't have to meet the same specification for power supply as a USB power supply has to meet.
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 11:18 am

You can always try out a charger if you are unsure. If there is a rainbow box in the top corner or the red power light is off, then its no good.
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:25 pm

Thank You guys!
So if I get over the problem with finding the memory card (on the laptop) I can try it out with a USB-charger until I buy a proper power supply.

Jörgen

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:48 pm

Yes if it works you don't even need a proper power supply.
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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 7:58 pm

It is running now!
I just don't know how to watch video-files.

Jörgen

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Thu Apr 30, 2015 8:38 pm

I would not buy a pi2b. The web pages do not explain things correctly. This forum is the pits. They will not answer your questions. If they do, no clue how it's done.

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Re: I am thinking about buying a "Raspberry kit".

Sat May 02, 2015 8:42 pm

I have had some problems with installing!
First I installed RasEX on a 8GB card but as it don't seem to be the best for watching movies I tried to install Noobs and it went as well as it can but only on my 4GB card and that seems a little small for Noobs.
I tried to do the same way on my 8GB card but it just wont start up.
Can it be something with the rights?
I am using Ubuntu on my PCs.

Jörgen

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