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by DarrenHill
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Pi-zero robotics board
Replies: 3
Views: 154

Re: Pi-zero robotics board

https://www.piborg.org/motor-control-1135/zeroborg

That one comes to mind immediately as a possibility?
by DarrenHill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?

Thanks to all - looks like I've got a little more research to do over the weekend when I'm back in the country.

But there's a PiTop Ceed with a HD on my desk which I think would be very much ideal for this task... :)
by DarrenHill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: setup a owncloud server
Replies: 2
Views: 164

Re: setup a owncloud server

Look at NextCloudPi - it's a fork of Owncloud and works fine on the Pi.

https://ownyourbits.com/nextcloudpi/
by DarrenHill
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Best PVR Software?
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: Best PVR Software?

You can also set up a TVHeadend server under Docker on the Pi, either directly in Raspbian, under a more dedicated OS like HypriotOS or even in Kodi using LibreElec and their docker add-on (plus the linuxserver.io repo in the LE repo to get the TvH container). I've got TvH servers both under LibreEl...
by DarrenHill
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Re: Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?

That maybe works for storing the image, but not for restoring to another SD card (of the same size) if the new one happens to actually be a few bytes smaller than the original. I've had this happen a couple of times and want to avoid it by just imaging the partitions rather than the whole thing. Plu...
by DarrenHill
Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?
Replies: 7
Views: 246

Recommended way to backup SD card image under Windows?

I've a small question - what is the best / recommended way to take a back-up image of a Pi SD card using a Windows 10 machine? I've got a few Pi servers etc set up whose cards I would like to image in case of problems so I can just re-flash rather than having to set everything up again from scratch....
by DarrenHill
Wed Sep 19, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Music Player with BT speaker and GPIO
Replies: 2
Views: 292

Re: Music Player with BT speaker and GPIO

I could be wrong, but I think Volumio has a Bluetooth manager plug-in available. Have a look in the plugins via the web GUI and see if you can install/enable that and if it works with your speaker? There are a few other people exploring this (as you say there's no "official" built-in support) but th...
by DarrenHill
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspberry Pi 3B+ Media center build
Replies: 6
Views: 1316

Re: Raspberry Pi 3B+ Media center build

One thing I would draw your attention to is the WD PiDrive Cable, if you can find one. https://thepihut.com/products/western-digital-pidrive-cable?variant=25687541512 I'm not sure they're still in production (the PiDrive itself isn't I don't think) but I'm sure a bit of web searching may yield a res...
by DarrenHill
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Newbie (kind of). Kodi issues on PI2
Replies: 3
Views: 376

Re: Newbie (kind of). Kodi issues on PI2

No he isn't, as that crap is a banned add-on and not supported by Team Kodi as it uses illegally sourced pirated material. Any post about it made on our forum would just be thrown in the bin, so the best advice would be to not use such 3rd party add-ons and to use legally sourced material rather tha...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: LibreELEC/Kodi 04/18 - Can CEC be disabled?
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: LibreELEC/Kodi 04/18 - Can CEC be disabled?

From memory, if you go to

System -> Settings -> System -> Input Devices -> Peripherals -> CEC adapter

(or something like that, under the Estuary skin) you should have the options page for CEC support, including the option to disable it.
by DarrenHill
Thu May 10, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: kodi does not start
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: kodi does not start

Kodi is a media player, designed for playing locally stored files. It is possible to use add-ons which extend this, including some which support streaming media from various sources. These are available via the built-in Kodi repo, and can also be installed from 3rd party sources. The repo ones are c...
by DarrenHill
Tue May 08, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: VPN
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: VPN

The "remote" IP address looks like a local internal one. Where are you trying to connect from? If it's outside that local IP domain then it won't work - you need to give the external IP address of your router (the one assigned by your ISP or whoever, not the 192.168.0.1 or whatever it's assigned on ...
by DarrenHill
Tue May 08, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: kodi does not start
Replies: 7
Views: 477

Re: kodi does not start

Are you viewing the Pi directly (HDMI output to a monitor) or indirectly (via VNC or something like that)?

Due to how Kodi works to display its screen, the latter won't work in some cases even though it is running and displayed on a direct local display.
by DarrenHill
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: USB video playback on my TV
Replies: 5
Views: 1105

Re: USB video playback on my TV

The Pi won't be able to, as the TV almost certainly won't share the USB port to anything else connected to the TV (or indeed anything else at all). As noted above, most modern TVs with USB ports have video playback software (of varying quality) built in which can do the job directly. However there c...
by DarrenHill
Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: media center: volume control; contrast/brightness; EQ
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: media center: volume control; contrast/brightness; EQ

You're going to struggle with any Kodi based set-up in that usage scenario, certainly for the extended stuff beyond volume and brightness. It's simply not what it is designed for. That said you may struggle to find any software solution which caters for that stuff for the same reason of it normally ...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: media center: volume control; contrast/brightness; EQ
Replies: 5
Views: 1324

Re: media center: volume control; contrast/brightness; EQ

Firstly you're a little out of date - OpenElec has been largely superceded by LibreElec, and RaspBMC has evolved into OSMC. If you go into Kodi's on-screen display there are brightness and contrast controls in there (under video stream in the settings menu), plus the volume controls you already foun...
by DarrenHill
Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Transfer files onto OSMC SD card?
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: Transfer files onto OSMC SD card?

Thank you for the reply! I read through the OSMC wiki about how to set things up but was unsure how things worked. I know it will index any video I have but was not clear if it would “import” the videos from a thumb drive or if it would index what is on the thumb drive and use it as a external USB ...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Transfer files onto OSMC SD card?
Replies: 5
Views: 2008

Re: Transfer files onto OSMC SD card?

Stick them on a USB stick, plug it into the Pi3 and then use the built in file manager in Kodi to move them onto the card.
by DarrenHill
Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Share share not accessible on my Windows 10 computer since 1709 update
Replies: 3
Views: 1379

Re: Share share not accessible on my Windows 10 computer since 1709 update

Also is the share set up without username and password? 1709 onward requires all SMB shares to use credentials, so anonymous ones don't work any more. A fix is to create a dummy local user account on the Windows machine which has access to the folders/files you want to share, and then use its creden...
by DarrenHill
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Recording Live TV with HDHomeRun & Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 4
Views: 4578

Re: Recording Live TV with HDHomeRun & Raspberry Pi 2

It depends a little where you are. I'm in the UK and grabbing Freeview OTA, so I can use the Freeview EPG which is quite good (look in the EPG section in TVH, I think by default it's not enabled). So your stations in LA may also have some EPG information with their signals that the HDHomerun can acc...
by DarrenHill
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Recording Live TV with HDHomeRun & Raspberry Pi 2
Replies: 4
Views: 4578

Re: Recording Live TV with HDHomeRun & Raspberry Pi 2

Sounds like almost the exact same set-up I have running at home. I've a Pi3 with the MP2 license running LibreElec (Kodi) connected to the TV, a second Pi3 with a 2TB hard drive connected to it which runs TVHeadEnd as part of an OpenMediaVault set-up (although you could run it under Raspbian too jus...
by DarrenHill
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows Network discovery.
Replies: 3
Views: 1165

Re: Windows Network discovery.

Or set one of your Pi's up as a WINS server (it's built into SMB, so is only a minor tweak) and make it the explicit master server. A quick Google search will give you more details, but ensure you have winbind installed (via apt-get) and then in your samba configuration file set [global] wins suppor...
by DarrenHill
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:14 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Samba public share not showing up on Windows 10
Replies: 6
Views: 2478

Re: Samba public share not showing up on Windows 10

If you're using SMB1 and your Windows box has had the recent creator update then you can have issues, as by default SMB1 is disabled (due to the security risks highlighted by the recent Wannacry issue). Check Control Panel > Programs & Features > Turn Windows features on or off and see if SMB 1.0/CI...
by DarrenHill
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Powered USB Hub / Sleeping
Replies: 1
Views: 547

Re: Powered USB Hub / Sleeping

Either should work fine, although the cable will of course need a power supply with a high enough current to drive both the pi and the drive (as that's what it's doing, splitting the supplied current between the two). An official Pi Foundation PSU (a 2.5A one) for example will do the job nicely.
by DarrenHill
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:19 am
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Smartphone as terminal for Pi Zero(!)
Replies: 6
Views: 3009

Re: Smartphone as terminal for Pi Zero(!)

You can also dispense with the laptop completely - install a network tool like Fing on the Android device (or iOS, there's an Apple app version too) and you can use that to see what devices are on the network the tablet is connected to (in this case the AP of the Zero) and what the IP address etc is...

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