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Yes. I used the Newark site.

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I got my raspberry pi!

 

Now I need to plan what I will do with it......

 

Adam

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OK, I think I am pretty much set up.

 

I am running the default raspbian distro on it, and using it as a chat terminal. I am using weechat to connect to my favorite IRC server, and using GNU screen to maintain the connection when I disconnect from the P. Naturally, this is all done with SSH..... ;)

 

Once I get my next Pi, I want to set up a bittorrent downloader terminal that will also connect to my drobo using NFS.

 

Adam

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Hey Adam...

 

I'm going to finish listening to last night's show sometime in the next day or so. I was called away (phone call) and never managed to get back last night. :(

 

Hmm... where's my avatar? :hmm:

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OK, I think I am pretty much set up.

 

I am running the default raspbian distro on it, and using it as a chat terminal. I am using weechat to connect to my favorite IRC server, and using GNU screen to maintain the connection when I disconnect from the P. Naturally, this is all done with SSH..... ;)

 

Once I get my next Pi, I want to set up a bittorrent downloader terminal that will also connect to my drobo using NFS.

 

Adam

So how is it doing? or is the honeymoon over?

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It's running.... nothing surprising to report. It works like a champ.

 

I have a second one on order, and got a notification that RS Components will be sending me one of the rev 2.0 boards with 512MB of RAM...

 

Adam

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In case anyone has a VGA monitor, this adapter is verified as working for the Raspberry PI:

 

SANOXY HDMI to VGA and Audio Converter (Support 1080P, Input HDMI, Video Output: VGA, Audio Output: 3.5 mm-outs)

 

Verified hardware for the PI: http://elinux.org/RP...fiedPeripherals

 

Review: http://www.element14...o-vga-converter

 

I recently bought a HDMI to VGA converter from Amazon for $27.45

SANOXY HDMI to VGA and Audio Converter (Support 1080P, Input HDMI, Video Output: VGA, Audio Output: 3.5 mm-outs)

(New, Fulfilled by Amazon, Sold by: US BIGBULL.LTD)

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It "just worked" for me so far with no problems after a couple days of testing. I'd previously disabled overscan and did not have to make any further configuration changes. The Pi seems to automatically choose the correct resolution and ratio at bootup.

 

The price is now $24.98

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Interesting. Do you know how well the Pi works with HDMI -> DVI adapters? The cable I have is passive, and I think all of them are this way. I am having a heck of a time finding a small(ish) monitor with HDMI.

 

Plenty of DVI monitors, though. I can't think of a really good reason why it would not work.

 

Adam

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Adam, this should help:

 

HDMI->DVI-D

There are three kinds of DVI. There is DVI-D, a digital signal fully compatible with HDMI, so a passive cable can be used. There is DVI-I, which is a connector with both analog pins and digital pins. An HDMI to DVI-D adapter fits in a DVI-I female connector. Finally, there is DVI-A. This a fairly rare connection, but occasionally it will be found on some monitors and is an analog interface, in fact the same as VGA!

Some adapters like Farnell part AK-CBHD03-BK are HDMI to DVI-I, which, while not fitting in a DVI-D monitor, are still compatible. The analog pins simply must be bent.

The HDMI to DVI-D cable provided by Apple with the 2010 Mac Mini worked. It does not appear this adapter can be purchased separately.

  • AmazonBasics HDMI to DVI Adapter Cable (model SK231) works and is inexpensive.
  • A generic HDMI-to-DVI converter from eBay. Works well, but it's probably the cause of some power loss between the RPi and the monitor, causing this problem. A setting of config_hdmi_boost=5 in /etc/boot solved this. Note that config_hdmi_boost=4, as suggested in the troubleshooting guide, helped but did not solve the problem completely.

http://elinux.org/RP...s#HDMI-.3EDVI-D

 

http://www.raspberry...hp?f=28&t=20321

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has won an award for skills, training and development from UK trade organisation the National Microelectronics Institute.

It won for "its low-cost PC platform and its potential to develop a generation of creative and curious individuals with a deeper understanding of technology - both hard and software", said the NMI.....

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Articles/16/11/2012/55022/raspberry-pi-creators-get-national-award.htm

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I have a Belkin HDMI to DVI-D cable. I assume it will be just fine. I don't think I'll have any issue with it.

 

single-dvi.jpg

 

That's the connector on the bottom.

 

Adam

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Does anyone know what fonts are best on Raspbian as they seem a bit fuzzy. I was thinking that it may be the monitor but it looks beautiful on Debian with the old machine plugged up.

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Ok, it is not a font setting then. It must be the values of the monitor.

 

Will play with it later as I am about to go eat some Turkey Day grub.....

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Scaling on an LCD is really bad most times unless you run the Pi at the monitor's native resolution.

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http://www.bit-tech.net/news/gaming/2012/12/14/baldur-pi/1?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bit-tech%2Fall+%28bit-tech.net+feed%29

 

Scott Brooks, a server-side architecture developer and system administrator at Beamdog, aims to resolve that lack, taking the Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition source code and attempting to compile a Linux version tweaked to run on the £30 Raspberry Pi - a computer which, it must be noted, costs less than did the original boxed Baldur's Gate game at launch.

 

:th_wavesmile:

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http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=83235

 

I just set up me Pi with a 1TB external hd and a old style tv to run vids. Got it to play the vids with OMXplayer with just one click by following the guide above.

 

The only player that will utilize the GPU acceleration is the omxplayer. It should be installed by default, but it is also so basic that it is CLI only.

 

Still, you don't have to open the CLI every time you want to watch a movie. You can easily add a menu shortcut and execute the player every time you click a media file:

 

First

Code: Select all # nano /usr/share/applications/omxplayer.desktop

 

 

Add these values:

Code: Select all [Desktop Entry]

Type=Application

Name=OMXPlayer

Categories=AudioVideo;Player;

Exec=lxterminal --command "omxplayer -o hdmi %f"

Terminal=false

Icon=/usr/share/icons/nuoveXT2/96x96/categories/applications-multimedia.png

 

 

Save and exit.

 

A menu icon should now be in place, and you can right click on media files and click Open with Omxplayer! Even full HD movies play just fine!

 

Works just fine. Though some vids will not play so I guess I will have to buy the codecs. All the You Tube clips I have play just fine. Also audio files, thats .mp3 files play through the player aswell.

 

Whoope now I can pack me Pi and the drive and have entertainment at me mums over xmas. :clap:

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Neat links folks. Here is a very interesting one for giving a speed boost.

 

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing/raspberry-pi-gets-1ghz-turbo-boost-option-1098691

 

The Raspberry Pi super-cheap computer has been given a 1GHz 'turbo mode' in its latest firmware update, with the foundation insisting that the changes will not reduce the lifetime of your device.

 

:breakfast:

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