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by spamurai
Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:42 am
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group
Replies: 41
Views: 7012

Re: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group

I've just posted this on the UEA Computing Sciences Facebook group. A Hand full of us own RPi's. Please post here if the date changes so i can forwards it on. Hopefully they'll join this forum anyway and see this :D Hmm, which group is this? I'm about to go into 3rd year... I've just finished my fi...
by spamurai
Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:40 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: On/Off Switch
Replies: 29
Views: 6549

Re: On/Off Switch

I would of thought the Pi is more vunerable to over heating/burning out than having a shorter life due to excessive stress to the electrical circuits. I see no proof of the PI's chips getting hotter than other similar circuits, or that there is excessive stress on its board. I don't see any PI boar...
by spamurai
Wed Jul 04, 2012 11:35 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9343

Re: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

http://www.alliedelec.com/search/productdetail.aspx?SKU=70231926 Worst... Case... Ever... :lol: What are your reasons for saying this is the worst case? It's much rather large, compared to the RPi. Kind of like that proportions of a medium or full tower to a standard PC-type motherboard. It's also ...
by spamurai
Mon Jul 02, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9343

Re: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

I would agree with what makes it a good case. The things i look for are: 1)Strong/secure (keeps RPi in place steadily) 2)Vented (no sides to allow air flow) 3)Additional holes (access to GPIO and headers) 4)Transparent (so you can see all the coolness) #1 Agreed. This covers the prime requirements....
by spamurai
Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Just ordered my 2nd RPi
Replies: 16
Views: 2544

Re: Just ordered my 2nd RPi

By the way, i brought it off ebay for £8 including postage & packaging. Heres some better pictures: http://i.imgur.com/ZBQpp.jpg http://i.imgur.com/V4Sa4.jpg Hey, spamurai! Can you please post a link from where you bought your case, as I too search for one for my new pi? Thanks! Hector Heres the li...
by spamurai
Mon Jul 02, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9343

Re: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

you can get a refund by simply telling the company "sales of goods act 1979..." Does the sale of goods act apply to American companies? I thought Adafruit was US based or do they have a UK branch? I believe it does in most States, but definitely should be covered by " Uniform Commercial Code Articl...
by spamurai
Mon Jul 02, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: On/Off Switch
Replies: 29
Views: 6549

Re: On/Off Switch

Hello. As some of you know, I'm a newbie to this stuff but I've been having an interesting read of: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=8820&p=104473 I was wondering if its beneficial to have an on/off switch because its going to get tedious to keep pulling out the plug :shock: a...
by spamurai
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: On/Off Switch
Replies: 29
Views: 6549

Re: On/Off Switch

Most electronic equipment lasts longer if left on all the time. Switching it on and off a few times a day is likely to shorten its life. That's just a theory. Never been proven nor disproven... I would of thought the Pi is more vunerable to over heating/burning out than having a shorter life due to...
by spamurai
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: On/Off Switch
Replies: 29
Views: 6549

Re: On/Off Switch

Yeah, power switch is somewhat problematic. I may splice into my 2.1A 5V power connector and add an in-line on/off switch. Actually I am looking at designing my own case, and may just add a switch with a USB connector on that. But it would have been really nice to have an on/off switch on the mainb...
by spamurai
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9343

Re: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

I don't know if this qualifies as "better"...it's pretty close to the same price and doesn't require tools (so far as I can tell... https://www.adafruit.com/products/859 I'm not sure there is a "best" case, anyway. It's likely to come down to individual tastes. I will say that I like the one you po...
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Returning a Pi to RS
Replies: 9
Views: 1442

Re: Returning a Pi to RS

I emailed them regarding something about my order (after i'd received it) and it took about a week to get a reply. I'm guessing they are just bombarded with emails, calls and letters and probably not used to the demand of a product. At least things get sorted in the end :D And also, that Youtube vid...
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group
Replies: 41
Views: 7012

Re: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group

Thanks Richard. I can't quite say it's set in stone, because I'm sorting out the papers, but by tomorrow lunchtime I should be able to announce that we'll be holding it at The Cube in The Forum between 12:00-17:00 on Saturday 25th August 2012 ;-) I'll update the top post, twitter and website with a...
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:25 pm
Forum: User groups and events
Topic: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group
Replies: 41
Views: 7012

Re: Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group

I live close to Norwich. I just got my RPi a couple of weeks ago too. Although i may not be clever enough to participate in projects, the discussion and meetings/watching others projects develop is definitely something that would interest me. Also, i'm currently studying Computing Science at the UEA...
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Guides for Emulators
Replies: 0
Views: 509

Guides for Emulators

Are there any Educational Guides on how to get things like Emulators running on a RPi?
Or somethings similar?

Thanks.
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?
Replies: 42
Views: 9343

Best Pi Case - Opinions/Recommendations?

I'm seeing lots of stuff about cases on here. Its cool that there are so many to choose from. Anyway, just wanted to throw my opinion out there. This is the case i've brought. I got it off ebay for £8 including postage & packaging. Here's some pictures of my RPi in it. http://i.imgur.com/RswqE.jpg h...
by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Just ordered my 2nd RPi
Replies: 16
Views: 2544

Re: Just ordered my 2nd RPi

By the way, i brought it off ebay for £8 including postage & packaging.

Heres some better pictures:
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by spamurai
Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Just ordered my 2nd RPi
Replies: 16
Views: 2544

Re: Just ordered my 2nd RPi

I'm still looking for a basic clear enclosed case with enough ventilation. You've seen the AdaFruit case? It is the one i'm waiting for. It's out of stock at the moment but you can sign up to be notified: https://www.adafruit.com/products/859 This is the case i've brought. Here's a picture of my RP...
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Internet connection for apt-get?
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Re: Internet connection for apt-get?

In principle no, apt-get can "get" its stuff from local storage too, if you tell it where to find it (on a PC that would usually be a CD-rom player), in this case yes, it will most probably "getting it" from a "repository", that is a server on the internet that contains files that apt-get can get a...
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:45 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Shutting Down/Turning Off
Replies: 20
Views: 22276

Re: Shutting Down/Turning Off

alexeames wrote: And if you just want to reboot, you can change the -h for an -r
Actually I wrote a short blog post on shutting down properly earlier today (in case you're interested).
Thats an interesting read. Thanks for posting the link :D
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:36 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Screen Resolution
Replies: 4
Views: 3066

Re: Screen Resolution

Progressive is better than interlaced (interlaced alternates displaying odd and even lines each frame, and tends to be more flickery). Use 1080 progressive and add: framebuffer_width=1280 framebuffer_height=720 Awesome, thats handy to know. Thanks. I used overscan_left=-20 etc. Is that the same as ...
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Internet connection for apt-get?
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Internet connection for apt-get?

Hi there, I'm trying to get my sound to work though the HDMI. I've already forced it and followed a guide from: http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting#Sound It returns with "Failed to fetch "...long address..." Could not resolve..." Does the RPi have to be connected to the internet in order to do wh...
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Screen Resolution
Replies: 4
Views: 3066

Re: Screen Resolution

/opt/vc/bin/tvservice -m CEA /opt/vc/bin/tvservice -m DMT Will list the supported resolutions. 720p60 is pretty widely supported, so would be a good choice. hdmi_group=1 hdmi_mode=4 (from http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt) Yeh i've been trying many different ones from both CEA and DMT. Do you know w...
by spamurai
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Screen Resolution
Replies: 4
Views: 3066

Screen Resolution

Hi, I'm having trouble with my screen resolution. I've been through loads and loads of threads but still can not find a solution. As i'm a beginner, maybe i'm doing something stupid, i don't know. My Tv is 1920x1080i. I've fixed the overscan so it fits my screen properly. I did that in the "sudo nan...
by spamurai
Sat Jun 23, 2012 6:48 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Shutting Down/Turning Off
Replies: 20
Views: 22276

Re: Shutting Down/Turning Off

Rodney Wertz wrote:If you are using the command line type:

sudo shutdown -h now

unplug after it says the system is halted.

-Rodney
Oh cool, thats handy to know. Thanks (:

I'm still looking into a switch I can adapt/use to turn the power off without unplugging it everytime. Proving difficult.
by spamurai
Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: On/Off Switch
Replies: 29
Views: 6549

Re: On/Off Switch

There's this thing called a four/six gang extension. They are usually about £4.99 and are found in a big bin at B&Q or similar. I always pick the ones with individual switches. Its mainly because my Pi is powered from a four gang extension which i can not get to with ease (behind desk) and even if ...

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