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by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Multiple Serial ports on the RPi
Replies: 4
Views: 120

Re: Multiple Serial ports on the RPi

A terminal server can be had fairly cheap used if you look around, there should be plenty of them in surplus, We used them in the mid to late 90s when I worked at a dialup ISP to connect our many USR external modems to the network. Assuming they haven't all been "recycled" finding one under $10 a po...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Headless install on RPi 3B from Windows 10
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: Headless install on RPi 3B from Windows 10

Did you configure the wifi network on the card? https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentation/configuration/wireless/headless.md The ssh file just sets a flag telling the OS to configure/enable the SSH server. Once that is done the file is automaticaly deleted. No need to add it again, the configuaratio...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: USB C power port fell off
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: USB C power port fell off

I'd expect no argument whatsoever from the vendor, that was a cold solder job, could have been caused by a few different things none of which are your fault. The part soldered before yours might have come out fine, the one after it almost certainly didn't solder at all and failed QC. Yours was the u...
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 22, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Needing an Android controlling RPI to stream .pls audio stream to BlueTooth speaker.
Replies: 2
Views: 89

Re: Needing an Android controlling RPI to stream .pls audio stream to BlueTooth speaker.

Check out Volumino

https://volumio.org/volumio-overview/

It does most of what you want out of the box, and can be set up for Bluetooth output pretty easily.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Background Interference with IQAudioDAC
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Background Interference with IQAudioDAC

Most likely it's being picked up by the cables connecting the DAC output to the speaker inputs. Try moving them as to minimize the amount of them that's near the Pi. Next step is better shielded cables.
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Access internet only from USB 4g dongle.
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: Access internet only from USB 4g dongle.

Interface metrics should work without breaking anything else.

https://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/debi ... ic_package
by dustnbone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Connect Raspberry Pi 3 to Cellular Data for VOIP
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: Connect Raspberry Pi 3 to Cellular Data for VOIP

As long as it's supported by Linux, it should just show up as a USB network device, get an IP address from the wireless provider and go to work providing internet access. Once you put a SIM card in it that's activated with a data plan on a cell provider of course. EDIT: The device you linked to abov...
by dustnbone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:22 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?

I have not found a usb 3 powered hub, with 5V power supply that will work with the Pi 4 and power a usb powered HDD or SSD! i have one of these and I've tested it with an SSD and a 2.5" HDD and both seemed fine. Only issue I had was it backpowering the Pi4 and not allowing it to restart, but new fi...
by dustnbone
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Static IP address
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: Static IP address

I guess in this case I assumed (not necessarily correctly) that since OP was accessing the Pi from outside the LAN, via port forwarding, they had access to the router configuration. They want a consistent IP on the Pi so that port is forwarded to the correct device on the LAN. The reason that doing ...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Static IP address
Replies: 12
Views: 391

Re: Static IP address

Remember that for a line to be valid you need to uncomment it. Lines beginning with # are considered comments and will be ignored by the daemon, so you must remove that # from lines you want to "use" This convention applies to most configuration files in Linux. Personally, I prefer to configure my r...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: How to work around power limitations of the USB ports on the Pi4?

Pretty much, yes, a powered hub is your only option without some serious hardware hacking. The limitiation isn't the power supply itself, but a regulator on the board that limits total USB power output to 1.2A. This power is shared across all 4 USB ports.
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4

I'd put both of them on the powered hub just to free up power for other things you might want to plug in, there's a hard limit of 1.2A combined total to all the USB ports on the Pi. But just putting the drive that keeps shutting off on there would be a good first troubleshooting step. The 2 ports (a...
by dustnbone
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Networking and servers
Topic: Neatest way to attach 2x USB HDD’s
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: Neatest way to attach 2x USB HDD’s

Most of the ones I've seen don't have external power connectors, but this one does.

https://www.amazon.com/Mediasonic-ProRa ... B01N44HETR

The only question is if the USB -> SATA bridge plays nice with Raspbian, most likely it does but I don't know for sure.
by dustnbone
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4
Replies: 3
Views: 153

Re: One SSD drive keeps disconnecting on USB3.0 port on RPi4

Sounds like it's running low on power at some point, try running it through a powered hub and see if the problem persists.
by dustnbone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: OMXplayer won't play content
Replies: 15
Views: 379

Re: OMXplayer won't play content

Try Kodi, there are probably several sports streaming plugins for it. You wouldn't need a browser for that.
by dustnbone
Wed Jan 15, 2020 5:03 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 23
Views: 1363

Re: Will adding an external SSD speed up Raspberry Pi?

Even if there's a bottleneck holding back sustained transfer rates, an SSD will generally be considerably faster at random IOPS than any microSD card. This is what really holds back desktop performance, especially with limited RAM. Even on my old Pi2 with it's slow USB2, an SSD as root device is way...
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi 4 cluster
Replies: 14
Views: 389

Re: Raspberry pi 4 cluster

I was just thinking about using two Pies to do alternate frame rendering with an external dongle to merge the HDMI streams, like an old school crossfire system... SLI/Crossfire depend on very fast interconnects between the GPUs and their respective memory, no such way to connect 2 Pis together exis...
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:17 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: PI 4B will not boot
Replies: 12
Views: 242

Re: PI 4B will not boot

I am aware that that section in the PI4 post says that "if you still can't recover its probably blown" but obviously i'm going to make a post here and ask before I assume £50 of my cash is down the toilet. If it came out of the box not working as it should then you have a legitimate warranty claim,...
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: How to run .exe files on raspbian
Replies: 82
Views: 66903

Re: How to run .exe files on raspbian

You can't run that game on a Pi. For around the same price as a Pi4 you could easily find an 8-10 year old Windows desktop that could, that's your best option. Even if you somehow made it run on the Pi4, it would perform worse than the 8-10 year old Windows machine. Much worse. Please read the first...
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: fat32 sd card
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: fat32 sd card

Was I under the wrong impression? I thought Balena-Etcher formatted the card...no need for sdformatter. No you're right, when an image is written to a raw device like Etcher does, the image contains a partition table and all the data inside the partitions, including the appropriate file systems. Th...
by dustnbone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:36 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: 1080p video playback error in VLC
Replies: 1
Views: 101

Re: 1080p video playback error in VLC

Have you tried playing the files with omxplayer? That's what I've always used to play H.264 with my Pi4 and so far it's played everything I've thrown at it (up to 1080p)

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