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by Selectortone
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Will there ever be a Pi Zero [W] 2?
Replies: 48
Views: 1473

Re: Will there ever be a Pi Zero [W] 2?

If you need something faster than a Zero, then the Raspberry Pi 3A+ is the only Pi product that gives you a smaller-than-B form factor at a lower price than $35, and at $25 it's considerably more than the $10 (or $5) base price of the Zero. That should give you some indication of the costs and trad...
by Selectortone
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Will there ever be a Pi Zero [W] 2?
Replies: 48
Views: 1473

Re: Will there ever be a Pi Zero [W] 2?

The one thing that I think might be beneficial there (depending on the cost of DRAM packages) would be to shift the Pi3A+ to 1GB. (And the most prominent virtue of a Pi4A, should such a thing be feasible, would be a "A+" sized board with 1GB to 4GB, for those projects for which the smalle...
by Selectortone
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi desktop on a tablet using video capture dongle
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Pi desktop on a tablet using video capture dongle

I often see questions here about using old tablets for Pi screens. Heres a top tip from Tom's Hardware (with apologies if this is old hat to the regulars): Getting your RPI desktop onto a tablet screen using VNC works, but as the article says it has limitations, and a network is needed. I saw the ar...
by Selectortone
Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Forum Link on Home Page
Replies: 175
Views: 4854

Re: Forum Link on Home Page

But let's assume they were wrong. At some point of this exponential growth of the human race and hence destruction of it's habitat there has to be a stop. A final generation. For whom things will be terrible. Who will finally be right it suspecting life was better in the old days. This scenario hin...
by Selectortone
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Think we'll ever see a Pi 4A+? Would you buy one?
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Think we'll ever see a Pi 4A+? Would you buy one?

W. H. Heydt wrote: A better "path forward" would be to upgrade the Pi3A+ to 1GB, DRAM prices permitting.
Absolutely. The only drawback I have found with the 3A+ is the amount of memory. Otherwise, for things like Kodi/LibreELEC and music streaming the form factor/price point is perfect.
by Selectortone
Thu Dec 17, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Forum Link on Home Page
Replies: 175
Views: 4854

Re: Forum Link on Home Page

I now have a direct link to the forum bookmarked. Previously zI found my way here via the main page which often side tracked me to the blog and elsewhere in the Pi world. It seems rather counterproductive that I won't have that flagging itself up any more unless I hunt down the links.
by Selectortone
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Forum Link on Home Page
Replies: 175
Views: 4854

Re: Forum Link on Home Page

Phew, here you are. You took some finding after the main page got messed up. Most unsettling - since getting back into the Pi during lockdown a daily visit or two to this forum has become a habit. Could someone please pass on to whoever made these changes that they are most unsettling to a 70 year o...
by Selectortone
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Are the Pi 1's from 2012 still worth it?
Replies: 25
Views: 1275

Re: Are the Pi 1's from 2012 still worth it?

I asked a similar question in this thread
by Selectortone
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: OS download is rather useless
Replies: 115
Views: 4145

Re: OS download is rather useless

I thought I'd give this a try, as I bought my grandson a Pi4B desktop for Christmas and he and my son will be doing this on Christmas day. Did it all on a Pi4B running RaspiOS over (not particularly fast) wifi. I used the Pi Imager to download an image of the full RaspiOS image with recommended soft...
by Selectortone
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Creating a library of OS images
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Creating a library of OS images

Hi all, I'm a relative newbie to the RPi; been using a Pi2 for a long time as a Kodi device, but that has until recently been the limit of my experience. I had some problems with it a while ago which, coinciding with lockdown and the curtailing of other outside pastimes, kindled an interest in getti...
by Selectortone
Fri Nov 13, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Programs to Run
Replies: 14
Views: 700

Re: Programs to Run

Re programming: the Rasperry Pi Foundation have very helpfully included their Beginners' Guide to the RPi in the Bookshelf folder on the standard Raspberry Pi OS install. (/home/pi/Bookshelf.) There's a good introduction to python programming in that using Thonny, the python development environment ...
by Selectortone
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: To Buy or Not To Buy
Replies: 26
Views: 968

Re: To Buy or Not To Buy

The thing I like about the Raspberry Pi is that the investment is relatively small. I'm a pensioner on a small budget. When my years old Pi 2-based Kodi system failed a few months ago the ensuing trouble-shooting (it was the PSU) rekindled my interest in them amd I have subsequently bought a few mor...
by Selectortone
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 400 naming choice
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Pi 400 naming choice

Given the location of the RP Foundation and the history of Cambridge computing, I immediately thought of the Acorn Archimedes A400.
by Selectortone
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup

It's a 4gb Pi4B. Yes, using wifi and bluetooth at the same time. It's not a problem, I just wanted to see how to get bluetooth streaming up and running with a view to setting a spare Pi up as a headless music streamer connected to some old hifi kit I have. This will be great, so thanks very much for...
by Selectortone
Wed Nov 04, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup

I don't know; it always works for me. You did follow instructions and remove the devices from the Pi and phone, and then re-pair and trust them, after having made those edits? Hi, thanks for bearing with me. I didn't remove the devices from the Pi and the phone. After I did this and rebooted I got ...
by Selectortone
Wed Nov 04, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup

i am running the latest freshly updated Raspberry Pi OS. result of systemctl status bluealsa : bluealsa.service - BluezALSA proxy Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/bluealsa.service; static; vendor preset: Active: active (running) since Wed 2020-11-04 11:23:45 GMT; 2h 48min ago Main PID: 834 (bluea...
by Selectortone
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup

Thanks for your reply. I tried the edits listed in your thread and rebooted. When I use the bluetooth manager (not blueman) my phone is listed as a paired device as before (the only item listed) but when I click 'connect' it comes back with "Connection failed - no usable services on this device...
by Selectortone
Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Bluetooth: blueman audio source setup

I have trawled through previous topics but I'm still unable to find a solution. I'm trying to stream music from my smartphone and play it over a pair of speakers connected to a Pi4. I have paired the phone and the Pi and I am able to send files in both directions. However, I am unable to set the pho...
by Selectortone
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!
Replies: 1036
Views: 61828

Re: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!

"a monitor with audio pass-through 3.5mm jack. Mine (an LG) has this feature. It works well (it might be my imagination, but the sound seems better than via the output from the Pi's audio jack). " Do you mean it has hdmi audio decoded and output on a 3.5mm socket ? My monitor has this and...
by Selectortone
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!
Replies: 1036
Views: 61828

Re: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!

My two cents (FWIW - keep Reservations: (note: I'm happy to become more informed about these) - missing analog headphone jack. I can't recall the last monitor I saw that had built-in speakers. My current PC speakers are externally powered and are fed audio by an analog jack...... I have the same ki...
by Selectortone
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Raspberry Pi 400
Topic: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!
Replies: 1036
Views: 61828

Re: The Raspberry Pi 400 thread!

Intended use? Take you pick. First time Pi users, people who need a cheap PC, commercial sites where twin monitor setup are used (e.g. call centres, but clearly vast prospects elsewhere as well), education of course, third world. It's endless. Anywhere you need a cheap PC. Of course, if it doesn't ...
by Selectortone
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Kodi + pi-hole on RPi4B - Kodi installation not working?
Replies: 4
Views: 298

Re: Kodi + pi-hole on RPi4B - Kodi installation not working?

If you want a painless Kodi experience use LibreELEC. I've been using a Pi as my main Kodi device since the early days of Openelec and it just works and the installation/learning curve isn't too steep. But yes, unfortunately, as stated, Kodi (whatever flavour)doesn't work over VNC. Up until lockdown...
by Selectortone
Fri Oct 09, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Sense Hat stuck at splash screen
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Sense Hat stuck at splash screen

I received a replacement unit and this one is working perfectly. Pleased to know it wasn't operator error.
by Selectortone
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: HATs and other add-ons
Topic: Sense Hat stuck at splash screen
Replies: 4
Views: 410

Re: Sense Hat stuck at splash screen

Yes, both Pi's work normally without the sense hat fitted. The board has gone back to the supplier.

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