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by mooblie
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Issue playing .MOV file with VLC
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: Issue playing .MOV file with VLC

That is a full-HD file, with quite a high bit-rate.

Can the sender send you a lower resolution, smaller frame-size and/or lower bit rate version to try?
by mooblie
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Remote power button or reset button?
Replies: 10
Views: 392

Re: Remote power button or reset button?

Putting a SPST push-to-momentary-make switch across GPIO pins 5 and 6 performs something like what you want, but it's not remote! You have to modify the /boot/config.txt file too. See here:

viewtopic.php?t=191145
by mooblie
Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: wpa_supplicant.conf not working/connecting
Replies: 8
Views: 4824

Re: wpa_supplicant.conf not working/connecting

FWIW I can absolutely confirm that if your wpa_supplicant.conf file has been "got at" by a word processor, "helpfully" replacing the double quotes with "pretty ones", then it will fail. Smart double quotes - what I call 66+99 - WILL FAIL, Dumb double quotes - what I call 11+11 - are NECESSARY. Easy ...
by mooblie
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry Pi 3 Lightning bolt and no red light
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Raspberry Pi 3 Lightning bolt and no red light

Check and double-check the circuitry you connected. It is easy to get wrong - we all do it, and it could be over-stressing your power supply (i.e. trying to pull too much current from it) causing the behaviour you're seeing.
by mooblie
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI

Non-deterministic behaviour implies hardware. Tried a different HDMI cable?
by mooblie
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Connecting LCD screen
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Connecting LCD screen

That eBay product picture doesn't look like it has HDMI input, as it says in the eBay item title. Is there not a standard HDMI socket on the item you have? There are items available like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capacitive-1024x600-Display-Monitor-Raspberry/dp/B07YJDSCKR .....which come with a...
by mooblie
Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: White Stripe on Left of Desktop / Icons Shifted Right
Replies: 8
Views: 3051

Re: White Stripe on Left of Desktop / Icons Shifted Right

Agreed with the above: where did it come from? I also created a panel "accidentally" while testing a touch screen, by some combination of touch/drag/click.

I can't do it again!

How did I do it (albeit unintentionally) anyone?
by mooblie
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New "Can't update Chromium" message?
Replies: 40
Views: 4634

Re: New "Can't update Chromium" message?

....and, if the message can't be acted upon or resolved on a Pi, is there a way of stopping it popping up?
by mooblie
Sat Feb 08, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New "Can't update Chromium" message?
Replies: 40
Views: 4634

Re: New "Can't update Chromium" message?

I got the same message today, so I did the update/upgrade thing, and now the message has gone.

I now have Chromium showing:

"Version 78.0.3904.108 (Official Build) Built on Raspbian , running on Raspbian 10 (32-bit)"
by mooblie
Tue Feb 04, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PI 4B - Headless Resolution Via VNC Poor
Replies: 7
Views: 229

Re: PI 4B - Headless Resolution Via VNC Poor

I wonder if this sort of dummy HDMI-emulator would do the job? :

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B072PV6K8J
by mooblie
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Help with watching MP-4 movies on Pi-3B
Replies: 4
Views: 238

Re: Help with watching MP-4 movies on Pi-3B

You can easily install Kodi as an app. to run from the Raspian desktop - if that's what you're already familiar with.
by mooblie
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI

Glad you got it working OK. That's interesting - on MY Sony Bravia TV (~8 years old), my Pi is on HDMI-3 - and the HDMI-CEC control works perfectly without lag/problems. I guess it's TV model dependent, or some other configuration issue dependant, that we haven't found yet. Anyway - the moral is: tr...
by mooblie
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI
Replies: 6
Views: 185

Re: Remote control of Sony Bravia not working over HDMI

Make sure - on the TV - that "Bravia Sync" (Sony's name for HDMI-CEC) is turned ON.

I think it's on the External Inputs: HDMI Setup menu: HDMI Control = ON.
by mooblie
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Messenger Options?
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: Messenger Options?

Google "pidgin" for Pi.

Not used it myself, but I am investigating it now.....
by mooblie
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Looking for 5" LCD goodness
Replies: 19
Views: 821

Re: Looking for 5" goodness

I have one of these, and it works well:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZD4QGQJ

...but it has a standard HDMI socket, hence the PCB module alone is 14mm thick. A shame if it is really too thick for your application?
by mooblie
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: total newbie with Pi in here
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: total newbie with Pi in here

You can indeed install Kodi as an application running on demand from the Raspbian desktop.

See here:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/view ... p?t=251645
by mooblie
Tue Jan 07, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi4 Kodi and remote controls.
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: Pi4 Kodi and remote controls.

Assuming your Kodi-powered Pi is plugged into an "ordinary" TV via HDMI, have you tried the TV's own remote? I expect the TV remote has transport and cursor controls that should work out of the box. The system is known as "HDMI-CEC" and is enabled by default in Kodi. Your TV may call it something di...
by mooblie
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 487
Views: 190126

Re: What was your first computer?

eee... we used t'DREAM of punched cards! My first computer experience was a Ferranti Pegasus (valves, from the late 1950s) that had been pensioned off from the commercial/military world, or maybe the MoD itself, to the local technical college where it was used to teach us students in the early 1970s...
by mooblie
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 487
Views: 190126

Re: What was your first computer?

Yes. It wasn't my personal computer though. I was a fresh-faced PhD student doing research with an SRC grant. It did cost £thousands in total, and I spent a lot of time soldering, and then programming in Basic and Assembler! Happy days. If only I had a Pi then. (I guess I'm a couple of years older t...
by mooblie
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: What was your first computer?
Replies: 487
Views: 190126

Re: What was your first computer?

MSI-6800 built from a kit, in 1977. Eventually upgraded to 48K of RAM on 6 large PCBs, 8K each! Initially used a paper tape reader/punch via a teletype (110 baud RS-232 anyone?) and finally got a 160K 5.25" floppy drive. Magic.

https://www.old-computers.com/museum/co ... st=1&c=732
by mooblie
Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Resolved - Scaling for a large screen TV
Replies: 12
Views: 810

Re: Scaling for a large screen TV

Windowsfree wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:29 am
Simple easy fix. This worked.
Errr... which fix worked, Bob?
(For the benefit of future readers!)
by mooblie
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: RPI 4: USB Wireless Kbd/Mouse requires hot-pluging to start working after booting
Replies: 19
Views: 772

Re: RPI 4: USB Wireless Kbd/Mouse requires hot-pluging to start working after booting

HawaiianPi wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:55 pm
Perhaps you should be asking, what's wrong with your Microsoft wireless Keyboard and Mouse?
...specifically: are the batteries in them good?
by mooblie
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Breakout board that will give all ports on one side?
Replies: 1
Views: 128

Re: Breakout board that will give all ports on one side?

I have built a few Pis into custom boxes I made using HDMI and 3.5mm mini-jack stub cables (i.e. very short male-to-female cables). The block of USB sockets and network connector on the Pi poke directly out of the back of the box, and the stub cables bring the other connectors to the same panel - al...
by mooblie
Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Resolved - Scaling for a large screen TV
Replies: 12
Views: 810

Re: Scaling for a large screen TV

Try (on the Raspbian Desktop) the following setting:

Preferences: Raspberry Pi Configuration: Pixel Doubling = Enabled?
by mooblie
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: big hands
Replies: 9
Views: 2978

Re: big hands

Brilliant! Thanks for the information, everybody.

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