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by Balthazar54
Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PhotoPi - a TV photo viewer DIY kit
Replies: 2
Views: 2280

Re: PhotoPi - a TV photo viewer DIY kit

This is a big chunk of a project I was thinking of trying! The rest of it is hardware, a sensor to see if someone is in the room, an ir led to turn the TV on and off, and an easy way to stop it so someone can use the TV with a switch, or more ambitiously an ir sensor. I had no idea how to start an i...
by Balthazar54
Sat Mar 26, 2016 9:33 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: STICKY: WiFi Dongle Issues ? Start here !
Replies: 581
Views: 642291

Rp3 connected, not getting set up by router

I had the same problem with my network password not being accepted using the window interface. Figured that one out by going to menu -> preferences -> raspberry configuration (going off memory here, might not be exactly right) and setting wifi country. Now it's connected but not getting set up by th...
by Balthazar54
Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: STICKY: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi
Replies: 313
Views: 1223527

Wifi setup for Rpi 3

Haven't played with my B card in several years, I now have a 7 year old grandson who has some autistic symptoms staying with us. I got him a Pi 3 to see if he's interested in modifying or building the computer games he spends his time on (in between frustration fits). He is a wiz at Minecraft, I fig...
by Balthazar54
Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:47 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Camera lucida
Replies: 2
Views: 643

Camera lucida

I came across this the other day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camera_lucida and wondered if anyone might want to develop an electronic version for the RPi? Basically, it is, or mostly was, a method of projecting an image onto a work surface for drawing by looking through a prism with four optical fa...
by Balthazar54
Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Unable to connect to device by name, but can by IP
Replies: 9
Views: 1742

Re: Unable to connect to device by name, but can by IP

The same happened to me. After I rebooted the Ubuntu system I was connecting from, I was then able to connect by name.

I left a message on the Ubuntu forum asking if anyone knew where the name was being cached, never got a response.
by Balthazar54
Mon Oct 29, 2012 4:04 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Which Dev-Board for me?
Replies: 13
Views: 2281

Re: Which Dev-Board for me?

I have both a 256MB RPi and a 1GB Hackberry. The RPi has a much better support community, but there a couple of folks on the Hackberry forum that are very responsive and interested in getting us noobies up and running on various Linux distros. I currently am running the headless Ubuntu linaro-server...
by Balthazar54
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:48 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Setting up cups
Replies: 2
Views: 2760

Re: Setting up cups

I switched to my 1GB Hackberry for a wifi print server using a headless Ubuntu image. It has cups, samba, lighttpd, mysql, and Wordpress up and running with a Canon Pixma ip5000 and a 3T USB HD attached. And not to forget Hacknet.Certainly not quick, but only draws 1A. The weird part is that I chang...
by Balthazar54
Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS news on shipping time
Replies: 66
Views: 17784

Re: RS news on shipping time

I've ordered a Hackberry ( to go along with my RPi's, if you get something cheap is it still the same as not spending the money at all? ) and I see that Miniand is also having production problems. The difference is that they are posting updates on their forum. And only taking money when they are rea...
by Balthazar54
Thu Sep 27, 2012 12:05 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: List of open source games that can be ported to the R-Pi
Replies: 43
Views: 28286

Re: List of open source games that can be ported to the R-Pi

I guess it's because of my age, but I've always like the Rogue style character graphic games like crawl, which are available through apt-get. Runs really fast on RPi through a ssh connection too.
by Balthazar54
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting keyboard to print correct characters
Replies: 6
Views: 2816

Re: Getting keyboard to print correct characters

Thanks, changed my keyboard file to match, and now it works great.

I've always been a huge Robert Tinney fan, it sucks that when I moved 15 years ago I had to throw out all my Byte magazines. All the A.P.P.L.E. ones too...
by Balthazar54
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting keyboard to print correct characters
Replies: 6
Views: 2816

Re: Getting keyboard to print correct characters

Forgot to add, I have the keyboard plugged in to a powered usb hub.
by Balthazar54
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Getting keyboard to print correct characters
Replies: 6
Views: 2816

Getting keyboard to print correct characters

I have a Logitech k120 keyboard. I have tried picking various Logitech keyboards in the setup, and the generic ones. I have set locale to en_us 8. The double quote key prints @, the @ key (shift 2) prints ", the tilde key prints ¬, and the pound key (shift 3) prints £. Any suggestions? I have tried ...
by Balthazar54
Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Setting up cups
Replies: 2
Views: 2760

Setting up cups

I am trying to set up a printer to work with my Pi. In looking around, the only way I have come across is by using cups. I did an update, then installed it. I was able to install it, it showed my printer as being availible by usb (Canon Pixma ip5000), I selected a driver, kept the default options, s...
by Balthazar54
Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Simulate a keystroke
Replies: 5
Views: 2788

Re: Simulate a keystroke

Found a way to disable the monitor screensaver. It's either the system command: xset s off or xset s -dpms I am using both at the moment, just to make sure. from subprocess import call call(["xset","s", "off"]) call(["xset","s", "-dpms"]) then to turn the screensaver back on: call(["xset","s", "on"]...
by Balthazar54
Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:31 am
Forum: Python
Topic: Simulate a keystroke
Replies: 5
Views: 2788

Re: Simulate a keystroke

Thanks BlackJack, I'll see what some searching turns up on how to control it.
by Balthazar54
Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS news on shipping time
Replies: 66
Views: 17784

Re: RS news on shipping time

I got tired of waiting, so I ordered another one from newark, which did not charge my card until they shipped. They were out of stock when I ordered, but that was 3-4 weeks ago, and it arrived last Wednesday. Am going to let the first order continue. What the heck, it's just 10 fewer mochas. I don't...
by Balthazar54
Sat Sep 08, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Simulate a keystroke
Replies: 5
Views: 2788

Simulate a keystroke

Is there a way to have Python simulate a keystroke to the OS? The idea is a program to launch a GPicView slide show and then have a routine to tell the OS that there has been keyboard activity to delay the system going into power saving mode. The next step would be using a motion sensor or camera to...
by Balthazar54
Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:39 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: R-Pi as a component in a commercially sold product?
Replies: 14
Views: 5342

Re: R-Pi as a component in a commercially sold product?

There was a card for the Amiga called the Video Toaster. For I believe something like $2000 US for the first time you could do video fades and wipes on a home computer for a total cost, including the computer, of $4000 to $5000 US. Other video systems with the same capabilities at the time sold for ...
by Balthazar54
Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:17 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OS for a old pc similar to Raspberry Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 1842

Re: OS for a old pc similar to Raspberry Pi

Thanks for the tips folks. I'll try burning a couple of live cd's and see what works out.
by Balthazar54
Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3462
Views: 67927

Re: Introduce yourself!

I'm tonyb in Seattle. I administered a few SCO Xenix systems back in the 80's, but really have not done much under hood stuff for a long time. I went through some chemo sessions a few years ago to get ready for a marrow transplant, and am finally ready to start exercising my brain again. I bought my...
by Balthazar54
Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OS for a old pc similar to Raspberry Pi
Replies: 7
Views: 1842

OS for a old pc similar to Raspberry Pi

I have an old Compaq 5000 series pc with Windows XP on it. It has an 80gb hard drive, dvd, cd r+w, 500 mb ram shared with the video card, and if I remember right an AMD cpu running somewhere about 1.2 to 1.5 ghz. I have not even turned it on in years. What would be an os I can use to replace xp that...
by Balthazar54
Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:56 am
Forum: Python
Topic: A little help figuring out Eamon's Applesoft code
Replies: 1
Views: 798

A little help figuring out Eamon's Applesoft code

I figure I've been vegging long enough after my association with chemo, and to start stretching my brain a little again. Decided use learning Python for that. So I figured that translating a program that ran on my old Apple ][ would give me a good goal. The Wonderful World of Eamon was a text advent...

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