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by Eclipse
Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Basic admin tools for non-expert users
Replies: 3
Views: 1886

Re: Basic admin tools for non-expert users

<t>Interesting thoughts on SD card management. Until now I had been thinking that a customised version of UNetbootin that could be pointed at a list of Raspberry Pi-specific distros would be the easiest way for users to roll their own SD cards.<br/> <br/> But the idea of handling everything on the R...
by Eclipse
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<t>This is unrelated to my earlier ramble on reversing monitors - I've come across a deal that may be of interest to those in the UK.<br/> <br/> When walking past my local ASDA At Home store earlier, I noticed that they had a pile of 15" LCD TVs towards the front of the store. Unknown manufacturer o...
by Eclipse
Thu Dec 08, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Is there a way to use the LCDs for, say, the PSP with the pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 35672

Re: Is there a way to use the LCDs for, say, the PSP with the pi?

Since vehicle reversing displays have come up, this thread may be of interest:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/for.....stid-19466
by Eclipse
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<t>Quote from nALLITeT on December 3, 2011, 11:12<br/> Can you disassemble that screen, so we will know what LCD interface it has?<br/> <br/> I've taken a few photos of the innards of the display. The controller appears to be a MSTAR MST703-LF. There are two connectors on the board - a 4 pin (+12v, ...
by Eclipse
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement
Replies: 104
Views: 33166

Re: RasPi as a basic school desktop replacement

<t>The power consumption figures for your existing computers are probably a little off. The power supplies might be rated at 300W, but the computers you described shouldn't be using anything close to that. Of course, the savings will still be significant.<br/> <br/> For light (non-multimedia) web br...
by Eclipse
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:05 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<r>Vehicle reversing display review - Part 4<br/> <br/> Next, an X desktop. I'm using LXDE with the interface font size set larger than one would normally have it, running at 800x450. The first image depicts a basic desktop while the second shows the Raspberry Pi forums rendered in Midori. The web b...
by Eclipse
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:03 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<t>Vehicle reversing display review - Part 3<br/> <br/> To test the display, I hooked it up to the composite output of a trusty old Pentium 3. I've tried to cover a few common use cases below. They will hopefully be varied enough to give you some idea of how these displays are likely to perform in y...
by Eclipse
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:58 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<t>Vehicle reversing display review - Part 2<br/> <br/> The display is a 4.3" LCD with a resolution of 480x272, the same size and resolution as the display used in Sony's PlayStation Portable console. It's mounted in a lightweight housing on the flimsiest stand I've ever seen. The whole setup is a b...
by Eclipse
Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:47 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<r>Vehicle reversing display review - Part 1<br/> <br/> First, an apology. I can't for the life of me figure out how to attach more than three images to a post, so I will have to break this review over multiple posts. If any forum moderators have an issue with this and feel like merging them, please...
by Eclipse
Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:24 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Microtouch - Possible alternative for portable projects
Replies: 5
Views: 2215

Re: Microtouch - Possible alternative for portable projects

<r>I stumbled, via Slashdot, across this interesting little portable platform on LadyAda's site:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.ladyada.net/product.....icrotouch/">http://www.ladyada.net/product.....icrotouch/</URL><br/> <br/> It looks very basic - the Raspberry Pi is in a completely different leag...
by Eclipse
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How would you complete a Raspi for a needy child.
Replies: 12
Views: 2602

Re: How would you complete a Raspi for a needy child.

[quote]Items: £7.95
Shipping: £4.18
Total: £16.93[/quote]

I think you\'ll find that the total is £12.13.
by Eclipse
Fri Oct 07, 2011 10:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Some late night musings
Replies: 12
Views: 2177

Re: Some late night musings

<t>[quote]A simple command prompt is going to scare the hell out of them[/quote]<br/> <br/> What would be so scary about it? True, it would be something unfamiliar and unknown, but things only really tend to be scary when there is danger involved - danger of breaking something, for example. Back in ...
by Eclipse
Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Vote For Red Circuit Boards
Replies: 49
Views: 7993

Re: Vote For Red Circuit Boards

I have a solution for anyone who yearns for a little colo(u)r in their Raspberry Pi computing experience:
http://www.krylon.com/

Just don't pick a metallic option...
by Eclipse
Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: [Request] Please add some more Ram, they are really cheap right now.
Replies: 95
Views: 15893

Re: [Request] Please add some more Ram, they are really cheap right now.

<r>The trouble is that anything costing "a few Pounds" is, relative to the cost of the other components, not an insignificant amount. Additionally I quite like the idea of an amount of memory that is large enough to be useful but small enough to be slightly restrictive. Providing a platform for budd...
by Eclipse
Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: VGA
Replies: 126
Views: 29250

Re: VGA

<r>I'm afraid that I've lost track of the thread, but it was mentioned the other day that it may be possible to repurpose the composite port to create a monochrome VGA signal at a higher scan rate than composite would normally allow through some nifty software/firmware hacking. Did anything come of ...
by Eclipse
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:57 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Low cost monitor
Replies: 69
Views: 40935

Re: Low cost monitor

<r>I've been looking at the various options for a small (< 12 inches), cheap monitor for a while. Most have been covered above and elsewhere, but I'll share my findings in case they are of use to anyone.<br/> <br/> HDMI/DVI-D<br/> <br/> A great option for home/car use, but while there are many small...

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