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by linker3000
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: I've found a plastic case designed around a 2x16 LCD panel..
Replies: 7
Views: 3984

Re: I've found a plastic case designed around a 2x16 LCD pan

I must have missed the 'official' LCD announcement - mind you, I've not done a lot of Pi work recently. I'm now working on an RPi central heating manager with 240/110v sensing inputs from the main tank and room stat, a pair of mains-level relay outputs, a couple of logic-level inputs, real-time cloc...
by linker3000
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: I've found a plastic case designed around a 2x16 LCD panel..
Replies: 7
Views: 3984

I've found a plastic case designed around a 2x16 LCD panel..

Hi Folks, This is not a Pi case, but a case designed around a 2x16 LCD panel - it looks a bit like a central heating controller case. I am actually after something like this for a 4x20 LCD panel so I'd be grateful if anybody has any leads. In any event, thought some of you might be interested: http:...
by linker3000
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: 5V regulator for powering RPi via GPIO header
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Re: 5V regulator for powering RPi via GPIO header

Cheers for the feedback. The Pi will be connected via ribbon cable to a second PCB holding a RTC circuit, 2-4 mains relays and 2-4 opto-isolated mains voltage sensors and there's space for a nice 5v regulator circuit.There may even be an LCD display and some temp sensors in the mix too! I'll publish...
by linker3000
Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:47 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: ecomponentsuk.co.uk
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: ecomponentsuk.co.uk

Thanks, I am aware of all that. Fortunately, the goods arrived this morning!

Considering the long delay in receiving my order and the time I wasted trying to get a response from the company I do not feel they are a reliable supplier though.
by linker3000
Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:15 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: ecomponentsuk.co.uk
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: ecomponentsuk.co.uk

Ta, but they have already had four emails and three voicemails from me (the phone is never answered). The last email said I would refer them to their local Trading Standards if I didn't get a response by Monday 22nd October, so unless there's a package at work or they contact me tomorrow I'll be fir...
by linker3000
Sun Oct 21, 2012 7:50 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: ecomponentsuk.co.uk
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

Re: ecomponentsuk.co.uk

Sadly after.
by linker3000
Fri Oct 19, 2012 2:01 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: 5V regulator for powering RPi via GPIO header
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

5V regulator for powering RPi via GPIO header

Hi Everyone, For a project I'm working on, I'll be powering the Pi via a second PCB connected to the RPi via the GPIO header. The power for the whole lot will come from a 5v or 7.5v regulated wall wart but I'd like to add some protection on the basis that the PSU may not be *that* regulated and I ne...
by linker3000
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: ecomponentsuk.co.uk
Replies: 9
Views: 1546

ecomponentsuk.co.uk

I may be paranoid, but... Having ordered a small number of electronic components and some PCB making stuff from ecomponentsuk.co.uk on 11th October, nothing has turned up yet and they appear to be impossible to contact on the phone. Voicemails and emails have gone unanswered. Online reviews for the ...
by linker3000
Tue May 08, 2012 8:26 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21384

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

HDMI logo: Yep

CE Mark: Nope (not on cable nor packaging).

Smarty, sounds like you have a regular little side-business going there!
by linker3000
Tue May 08, 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21384

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

<t>Further insight on the £1 Poundland cables (I tried two) - they don't work well through an active HDMI switch - the picture showed tons of digital noise and would blank out occasionally, even with the config_hdmi_boost=4 parameter in the boot config.<br/> <br/> I switched to a 1.5m lead purchased...
by linker3000
Sat May 05, 2012 9:16 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: My PI has a faulty USB port
Replies: 29
Views: 6413

Re: My PI has a faulty USB port

<t>Another thought on a DIY repair:<br/> <br/> I believe the RPi uses lead free solder (do correct me if I'm wrong) and so the same stuff should really be used for any reworking. Where this is not done (eg: in a hobbyist situation), using leaded solder is not going to be a serious problem, although ...
by linker3000
Sat May 05, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Debian - Asterisk - Freepbx
Replies: 6
Views: 2797

Re: Debian - Asterisk - Freepbx

Werner,

Thanks for providing the image but I can't extract it from the rar file either under Linux or Windows - I've downloaded it three times on different computers and just get non-helpful errors like 'incorrect parameter'.

Can you check out the file.

Ta!
by linker3000
Sat May 05, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Asterisk
Replies: 12
Views: 8449

Re: Asterisk

<t>markshep said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Cool!  I'm thinking of setting up a Raspberry Pi with Asterisk too.  What hardware are you using to connect it to the phone line?  I was thinking of maybe using a Sangoma U100 FXO USB.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> I'm initially going to be purely digital with a SIP VoIP...
by linker3000
Wed May 02, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Capacitor broke off. :(
Replies: 22
Views: 9567

Re: Capacitor broke off. :(

<t>Just for the record mine's come off too. I was extremely careful never to put any pressure on it and just picked up my board today and noticed that the capacitor was slightly raised on one side and then found one lead had fractured at the body of the capacitor, so it wasn't a solder joint that fa...
by linker3000
Tue May 01, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Who's Interested In FM/DAB/DAB+ Radio? (Car RasPi?)
Replies: 50
Views: 52736

Re: Who's Interested In FM/DAB/DAB+ Radio? (Car RasPi?)

Any experience with a USB Software Defined Radio - eg:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SDR-.....41655e6d4f
by linker3000
Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:47 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Mounting Windows Share
Replies: 5
Views: 6167

Re: Mounting Windows Share

As Joe says, check that command spacing. Just tried to mount my NAS onto my RPi and it worked first time, no extra apps to load:

mount.cifs //192.168.3.10/data /mnt/nas -o user=linker3000

Also try specifying a valid user name as per the example above.
by linker3000
Sun Apr 29, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: DHCP Behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

Re: DHCP Behaviour

<t>SN: I considered short leases (actually, I have bound an IP to the RPI's MAC address), but that would still mean having to chase your RPi around - and in a class of students all rebooting that could be fun!<br/> <br/> Nimdy: Interesting, maybe it depends on the DHCP server - mine's currently a Dr...
by linker3000
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: DHCP Behaviour
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

Re: DHCP Behaviour

<t>When my RPi's rebooted (Debian) its DHCP-assigned address tends to increment through the DHCP IP address pool – eg: if it's currently assigned 192.168.1.20, after a reboot it will be on 192.168.1.21.<br/> <br/> I'm not over familiar with the DHCP mechanism, but is this behaviour due to the lack o...
by linker3000
Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:17 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21384

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

I"m using one right now with my RPi and a 22"TV. No issues with the pic.
by linker3000
Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21384

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

<r>Thanks for the link. The range of prices you can pay for a lead is truly astonishing:<br/> <br/> The 1m Tesco 'value' ones are £4.99:<br/> <br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.tesco.com/direct/te.....4-3149.prd">http://www.tesco.com/direct/te.....4-3149.prd</URL><br/> <br/> An 'essentials' one from P...
by linker3000
Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 21384

Re: HDMI Leads - £1 in poundland (UK)

<t>Poundland seems to have just realised there's life beyond composite video and scart, and my local store (Chichester) has 1m HDMI leads for..well, you know!<br/> <br/> A tad short, but a good price if you need to get one locally.<br/> <br/> I've just bought a couple to check them out and the displ...
by linker3000
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Fixing power Stability Issues
Replies: 15
Views: 5097

Re: Fixing power Stability Issues

john_wage said:


won't the bleed resistor sag down on your initial power supply?



Yes, but it looks kinda cute and it'll only draw 5mA.
by linker3000
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pi Don't ... No.1 in a series of things to not do...
Replies: 23
Views: 12409

Re: Pi Don't ... No.1 in a series of things to not do...

<t>I had a similar experience with a 28K modem back in the days – we"d hooked it to a "Plessey" phone system in Jersey Zoo in the Channel Islands to do a remote link back to the Natural History Museum in London and although it worked fine, it started to smell "hot" and then the smoke appeared. The m...
by linker3000
Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3564
Views: 128372

Re: Introduce yourself!

<t>Hi Everyone,<br/> <br/> I'm a 46-year old IT Manager from the UK. I started with electronics as a hobby in the 1970s at primary school and became an electronics engineer working for a company making flight simulators, working in the R&D department on visual systems. At the time everything was...

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