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by xxxstarmanxxx
Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: A plea to the Foundation [video Encode]
Replies: 8
Views: 1676

Re: A plea to the Foundation [video Encode]

WebM would be the way to go if the GPU can decode with hardware acceleration. I know there was a push in early 2011 for hardware vendors to cater for WebM - and quite a few mobiles offer HA WebM playback (Samsung bada for one). Its an open codec & container - and it would be cool to have a hardware ...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: If money is not an issue, what is the best SD card for RPi?
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

Re: If money is not an issue, what is the best SD card for R

I'd say sandisk extreme pro - 95mb/s is its top speed - but I've not taken a look at the wiki to see what's compatible yet. Any good class 10 cards with write speeds between 20/30 mb/s should be best bang for buck depending on how big on size you go. I'm looking to run on sandisk extreme pro 32GB ca...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: £5 16GB SD Card from Play.com
Replies: 22
Views: 2521

Re: £5 16GB SD Card from Play.com

Class 10 card @ 20mb/s reduced to £8.99 doesn't seem bad also

http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electro ... fer=search

Justin :)
by xxxstarmanxxx
Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Got get_iplayer downloading from BBC iPlayer
Replies: 61
Views: 39885

Re: Got get_iplayer downloading from BBC iPlayer

Heres a tip for getting the best available download via get_iplayer. Rather than probing the schedule number to find out what formats are avaiable for the programme you need just use the following command: --modes=best This will download 720p if available for the programme or flashhd if not Example:...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:23 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is this legal? "www.Raspberry-Pi-Store.co.uk"
Replies: 11
Views: 2278

Re: Is this legal? "www.Raspberry-Pi-Store.co.uk"

It seems the Ebay seller has already sold a Raspberry Pi domain name back in May 2012 for £6.50 lol

Doesn't seem like his new money making venture is working as he's dropped the price of the latest offering to £19.99 haha!

Got to love Ebay sharks :)
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is this legal? "www.Raspberry-Pi-Store.co.uk"
Replies: 11
Views: 2278

Re: Is this legal? "www.Raspberry-Pi-Store.co.uk"

Curious to how this turns out - because as I understand it Raspberry-Pi-Store doesn't infringe on the 'Raspberry Pi' word mark due to the dashes. I may be wrong but I don't think that can be classed as a trademark violation Take a look at these sites that have been up for months without challenge:: ...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Puppy
Topic: Pre-alpha iso
Replies: 21
Views: 22537

Re: Pre-alpha iso

There is mention of dependencies. You just have to keep selecting those options and the installer then goes away and installs those as well. I suspect I didn't take full notice of the small print when I installed iceweasel so will have another go. Yup - I missed the dependancy notes also - will try...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Puppy
Topic: Pre-alpha iso
Replies: 21
Views: 22537

Re: Pre-alpha iso

I've had better luck with Chromium though. Up and running! Moving between the various tabs on the BBC site is brisk and visually I cannot see any difference from my Lubuntu running Firefox. Interestingly, while the CPU on my 1GB RAM Lubuntu will often max out moving between screens, the Puppy CPU t...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: RISCOS
Topic: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 356
Views: 113473

Re: RISC OS on Raspberry Pi

Seems one of my 2GB SD cards only has 3862528 sectors available regardless of formatting choice. The image requires a minimum of 3968055 sectors available so that rules out cheap no name 2GB cards. In theory your SD card must offer 1.89GB of available formatted writeable space - Cheap 2GB cards won'...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Rpi for playing video mp4 files- not easy!
Replies: 5
Views: 3788

Re: Rpi for playing video mp4 files- not easy!

Nothing is as easy as one might wish! I had hopes of using the Rpi to play 1080p film files but I am beginning to think that this might not be possible. The test file with the Debian squeeze latest image plays just about OK but with no sound. I'm thinking it might need serious overclocking and mayb...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Poor analog audio from 3.5mm Jack in raspbmc
Replies: 15
Views: 13489

Re: Poor analog audio from 3.5mm Jack in raspbmc

That its an 1-bit PWM signal doesn't necessarily mean it gives poor audio quality, many high end CD players in the past used 1-bit converters because of their high quality. The PWM signal of the RPI is probably not in the same league, but the quality of the RPI has been compared to FM-stereo, so no...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: App w/ Debian Squeeze to play HD video
Replies: 3
Views: 980

Re: App w/ Debian Squeeze to play HD video

dbach wrote:Is omxplayer preferred over VLC?
Thanks
I would say yes as omxplayer takes advantage of decoding 1080p using the Pi's hardware GPU.

VLC would decode using software decoders thus I doubt 1080p would be possible without major framerate drop out!

Justin :)
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

Its not everyday you get to make a 1080p laptop with 7 hours battery life for £120 :) The RPi is capable of playing 1080p video, but the lapdock screen is 720p. Just to nitpick :twisted:[/quote] Ah yes but its still capable of playing 1080p in hardware = for me not having multiple MVK's laying all ...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

So I'm scratching my head wondering how I can take HDMI audio from the dock to headphones. If you feel like doing some hardware hacking, I guess you could replace the speakers on the lapdock with a headphone jack? I dunno if the voltage-levels would be compatible though...? Hmmm That's a pretty goo...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

Got mine all set up - However a spanner has just hit the works......... I was hoping to use this setup as a nice 1080p portable video unit - but using headphones via the Raspberry Pi's onboard analog jack is hideous. Really poor quality as it picks up electrostatic from nearly everything on the boar...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:37 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Poor analog audio from 3.5mm Jack in raspbmc
Replies: 15
Views: 13489

Poor analog audio from 3.5mm Jack in raspbmc

Just posting some findings using headphones via the onboard 3.5mm audio jack via Raspbmc. It seems that distortion is present at any audio level in high frequencies using the following test files: MP4 video with 192kbs AAC audio MVK video with 384kbs Dolby Digital I'm not sure if this is being cause...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Recover 16GB SD Card
Replies: 7
Views: 1226

Re: Recover 16GB SD Card

Partition Wizard 7.1 minitool will sort it out nice and quick

http://www.partitionwizard.com/?gclid=C ... tAod3hc3zg

Free also

J :)
by xxxstarmanxxx
Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Issues with encoding video for the Rasp PI
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Re: Issues with encoding video for the Rasp PI

Yes using raw, and tried various levels. xxxstarmanxxx have you encoded any videos yourself? can anyone confirm they have done it? Hi matey - No I've not begun any codec tests yet until I'm happy with an xmbc setup but glad you got it sorted. Weird that that the decoder seems picky about CBR bitrat...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Issues with encoding video for the Rasp PI
Replies: 7
Views: 1824

Re: Issues with encoding video for the Rasp PI

Are you playing these back as raw h.264 files or inside a container ??? MP4/Matroska??? IF NOT - and you're just using the raw h.264 video that at least rules out header compression. The only other thing I can think of that springs to mind is the encoding output level is above L5.0 and its some kind...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How many Pi's are out there now?
Replies: 35
Views: 4910

Re: How many Pi's are out there now?

I think the whole foundation should be hugely proud of the fact that they have already managed to distribute such huge numbers concidering the following statement: The Sinclair ZX80 is a home computer brought to market in 1980 by Science of Cambridge Ltd. (later to be better known as Sinclair Resear...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

Nice job Hetman - Can't wait to build a box! I've also been looking at this as a way to encolse the RasPi underneath the lapdock. I'm gonna strip it out to bare bones and so there is room for portable harddisk and all manor of things that come along in the future. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TARGUS-LA...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Tue Jun 12, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

Still available through Amazon UK - Price has risen to £74.99 - distributed by Pandy. It doesn't seem to be anywhere else in the UK at the moment :( I got mine from Nextgadget.co.uk for £59.99 (Free next day delivery) It might be worth giving these guys a phone call on 0871 7042 506 Their a small co...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Mon Jun 11, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop
Replies: 840
Views: 373708

Re: I made a Raspberry PI Laptop

Great thread people :) I've also gone down this route for a portable device the only difference in my setup is I've ordered this for the HDMI conversion. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270982484668?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 The hope is once its shaved down a bit it will hold the ...
by xxxstarmanxxx
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Background picture
Replies: 33
Views: 16754

Re: Background picture

The more I look at that raspberry - especially whilst drinking - the more it looks like 'Mario' a la Nintendo lol
by xxxstarmanxxx
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Cases for the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 866
Views: 381221

Re: Cases for the Raspberry Pi

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-.....125wt_1181

These look quite good - You could adapt the tray underneath for all manner of peripherals.

I like the idea that its flip top also.

:)

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