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by sgegreen
Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: It has finally arrived. :D
Replies: 16
Views: 2598

Re: It has finally arrived. :D

In http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1925 liz says that Sony sources the parts for RPis made on their production line. Would it make sense to have a completely different BOM for Farnell's and RS' boards?
by sgegreen
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: It has finally arrived. :D
Replies: 16
Views: 2598

Re: It has finally arrived. :D

Just received my Farnell 512MB RPi, but it has a pale blue audio socket and plain top to network socket (no manufacturer name or part number) just like the Made in Wales by Sony 256MB RPi I got from Farnell in September...
by sgegreen
Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Current Farnell Delivery Time
Replies: 62
Views: 10851

Re: Current Farnell Delivery Time

Ordered 14th Oct at 22:54, order shipped email 16th Oct at 11:14, delivered today 17th Oct. That's encouraged me to buy any future RPis from Farnell. Also, this Made in the UK one has components similar to my original Made in Wales by Sony RPi, pale blue audio socket and plain top to network socket,...
by sgegreen
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: It has finally arrived. :D
Replies: 16
Views: 2598

Re: It has finally arrived. :D

RS, pink box, but... Made in the UK?
by sgegreen
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Current Farnell Delivery Time
Replies: 62
Views: 10851

Re: Current Farnell Delivery Time

Ordered 14th Oct at 22:54, order shipped email today 16th Oct at 11:14.
by sgegreen
Sun Oct 14, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi with 512mb RAM in the Wild and Element14...
Replies: 213
Views: 50371

Re: Raspberry Pi with 512mb RAM in the Wild and Element14...

I was very favourably impressed with Farnell's delivery time on the 256MB Rev2 board, let's see if the 512MB one arrives as quickly...
by sgegreen
Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi in museum exhibits?
Replies: 29
Views: 9850

Re: Pi in museum exhibits?

The DVD was created specifically for the museum. The VOB files from the DVD play in omxplayer but the menu screen with hotspots does not work as it does using VLC on the net-top. The Iiyama T2250 touchscreen already cost over £200 and has DVI input so it is very unlikely we would replace it with the...
by sgegreen
Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi in museum exhibits?
Replies: 29
Views: 9850

Re: Pi in museum exhibits?

This is very relevant to what we are trying to do. At our local museum we have ten year old Windows XP PCs running slideshows created using either IrfanView or PowerPoint, and a much newer Ubuntu 11.10 net-top using VLC to show a DVD image on hard disk via an Iiyama touchscreen for the menus. At the...
by sgegreen
Sun Sep 30, 2012 9:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied
Replies: 775
Views: 138830

Re: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied

Re performance difference between Rev1 and Rev2 boards: There seems to be some anecdotal evidence that boards with Samsung RAM overclock more reliably than those with Hynix RAM. My Rev2 board from Sony's Pencoed factory has Samsung RAM. I've not yet tried Quake, but so far mine is OK using the 1GHz ...
by sgegreen
Sun Sep 30, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS & Allied Update #3 (27 Sep)
Replies: 105
Views: 18881

Re: RS & Allied Update #3 (27 Sep)

The six-digit number in the email title should be the order number.
by sgegreen
Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock

Maplin sell the Pibow case as well.

Has anybody noticed their L33T speak stock numbers, R45PI for the Raspberry Pi and P18OW for the Pibow case?
by sgegreen
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Poor Man's Photo Kiosk
Replies: 12
Views: 32727

Re: Poor Man's Photo Kiosk

Many thanks for this, I might be able to replace a ten year old PC at our local museum which is just running slideshows.

Next step, replace the ones that are running PowerPoint presentations and DVD images.
by sgegreen
Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock

@liz I think I would be happier to have a timely delivery in a plain white or brown box than to wait for something that might (or might not) be the latest fashion by then. But then I'm just a middle-aged geek who was thrilled to be involved (along with my wife and oldest son) with Acorn in the heady...
by sgegreen
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied
Replies: 775
Views: 138830

Re: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied

Seems that RS shipped to Maplin, see http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 84#p182384 for jamesh's mention of pink boxes.
by sgegreen
Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: VLC 2.0.3 on Pi
Replies: 2
Views: 5440

Re: VLC 2.0.3 on Pi

VLC is included in Raspbian. However it's not very useful as it doesn't include the libdvdcss code, you have to download that separately. Nor does it offer GPU-accelerated MPEG-2 decoding. In theory, VLC should work with OpenMAX, and the Raspberry Pi supports OpenMAX, but at present omxplayer is the...
by sgegreen
Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock

It looks as if the pink boxes described by jamesh in the second post in this thread come from RS, not from CPC/Farnell. This seems to mean that RS are delivering in bulk to Maplin before delivering to those individuals who have already paid for their Raspberry Pis. All I can say is, I'm glad I cance...
by sgegreen
Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock
Replies: 64
Views: 12485

Re: Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock

Pretty pink boxes?

Aren't those the same as the ones in RS' latest post to tell us that their RPis have arrived?
by sgegreen
Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied
Replies: 775
Views: 138830

Re: Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied

It will be interesting to hear reports from Maplin RPi buyers as to which card version they receive and when, it might indicate whether their supplies were from RS or Farnell...
by sgegreen
Wed Sep 19, 2012 9:34 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Latest Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied
Replies: 209
Views: 47875

Re: Latest Order and Shipping update from RS & Allied

I also bought the SB Components case via eBay, I actually got two since I intend to get another RPi when I can be sure it will a Rev.2 UK board like the first. I can confirm that it's well made, I got the 'blue' transparent version (more grey than blue) which was cheaper than the clear one. The prev...
by sgegreen
Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: vlc automatic start at boot up
Replies: 14
Views: 35771

Re: vlc automatic start at boot up

There's a museum application for a Raspbery Pi here that also needs vlc to start at boot.

However it's to play a DVD stored on the SD card and it's too slow without video acceleration.

Does anyone have an accelerated version of vlc, preferably including DVD menu navigation?
by sgegreen
Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell VS RS delivery times
Replies: 143
Views: 28711

Re: Farnell VS RS delivery times

CPC/Farnell order placed 2nd September, shipped 5th September, delivered 8th September.

RS order from 29th June cancelled 8th September, PayPal refund 12th September, will be back in bank account 14th September.

RS refunds take almost the same time as CPC/Farnell orders!
by sgegreen
Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So: who's got a rev2 board?
Replies: 40
Views: 6971

Re: So: who's got a rev2 board?

@mahjongg The micro-USB power connector is not used. As the HDMI cables also haven't arrived, the only interaction with the RPi is via ssh and I don't have any USB peripherals plugged into the remaining full-size USB connector. One intended use of RPis here is for driving slideshow and video display...
by sgegreen
Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: So: who's got a rev2 board?
Replies: 40
Views: 6971

Re: So: who's got a rev2 board?

Got mine today, and because it arrived from Farnell before the Nokia AC-10X power supply, it's working just fine back-powered from a Belkin F5U701P 7-port Mobile Hub...
by sgegreen
Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell VS RS delivery times
Replies: 143
Views: 28711

Re: Farnell VS RS delivery times

Ordered from RS 29th June, expected delivery mid-October or later. Ordered from Farnell 2nd September, delivered 8th September. Confusingly, box was labelled 'China' but board says 'Made in the UK'. The board came so fast I'm still waiting for power supply and leads from eBay (case arrived). RS orde...
by sgegreen
Wed Sep 05, 2012 1:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Farnell VS RS delivery times
Replies: 143
Views: 28711

Re: Farnell VS RS delivery times

Ordered from Farnell on Sunday 2nd September, shipping today Wednesday 5th September. Meanwhile an email from RS, from whom I had ordered on 29th June... Dear Stephen, To help make your job more easier...this summer we are bringing you more great improvements to our online service. We know your time...

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