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by mike_bike_kite
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

All credit to my spell checker, it has a much better sense of humour than me ;)
by mike_bike_kite
Fri Dec 14, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

It's a difficult thing releasing a project you've worked on in private for a couple of years - they become like children. To be honest I find it a difficult concept writing code for others to use for free but that's the nature of the world these days and I'll admit the game isn't good enough to sell...
by mike_bike_kite
Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

I've put out a new version of the game which has a bunch of improvements. I haven't had the time yet to put in your suggestions - I think it's just the fear of trying new stuff. I did send you a message via the java gaming site but you might of missed it. If you have the time (and know how to use th...
by mike_bike_kite
Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Stuck on Raspbian setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Stuck on Raspbian setup

Sorry, I meant the install menus where you pick the language etc. This all worked fine until it came to getting "debian" off of the mirror. It first asked me to enter a name for the computer (I wasn't sure whether it wanted the name of my network group, a made up name for the computer RPi_1, a manua...
by mike_bike_kite
Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Stuck on Raspbian setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Stuck on Raspbian setup

It said "bad archive mirror"
The little LED lights going back from the edge of the board are amber, flashing green, green and red.
Does that help?

Mike
by mike_bike_kite
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Stuck on Raspbian setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Re: Stuck on Raspbian setup

It seemed to imply that it couldn't find the mirror but then I tried 2 or 3 including the ones on this sight. I'll admit I'm a bit of a noob at this stuff so I could of made a mistake but I was pretty certain the addresses were all correct. I can set everything up again and write down the message bu...
by mike_bike_kite
Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Stuck on Raspbian setup
Replies: 6
Views: 1401

Stuck on Raspbian setup

I bought a long (20m) ethernet cable to go from my router to my TV room - the TV is the only display I have that works with the Pi. I put Raspbian (?) onto the SDHC card and plugged everything in. I went through the various menus asking me about languages etc fine but when it came to the part where ...
by mike_bike_kite
Tue Oct 09, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: connecting monitor?
Replies: 8
Views: 3993

Re: connecting monitor?

It's definitely VGA on the monitor and HDMI on my telly - I tend to build my own PC's from components but inherit peripherals from all over the place so that's the reason for no HDMI monitors. I don't think I'll be buying a special monitor for the Pi. I might get a 20m ethernet cable to run from the...
by mike_bike_kite
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: connecting monitor?
Replies: 8
Views: 3993

Re: connecting monitor?

Thanks guys, I guess I'll have to lug my telly to the router and then try everything on that. It will be odd programming a tiny circuit board on a huge telly. I don't suppose there's a way of remotely logging into the Pi on my normal computer (XP) and using the kb,mouse etc on that? It does seem a l...
by mike_bike_kite
Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:09 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: connecting monitor?
Replies: 8
Views: 3993

connecting monitor?

My monitor has connector requiring a plug with 3 rows of 5 pins (serial cable). How do I connect my Pi to the monitor?
by mike_bike_kite
Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: all in one keyboard/pointer/hub?
Replies: 1
Views: 412

all in one keyboard/pointer/hub?

Does anyone know if there are any cheap keyboard, mouse (or trackpad or trackball etc) and hub. I have found compatibility lists on the net but they rarely give prices. I have seen mini keyboards with hubs but no pointing device etc. Also it's difficult knowing what will work with the Pi. Is there a...
by mike_bike_kite
Fri Oct 05, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Joystick / Gamepad install for Advance Mame
Replies: 11
Views: 30957

Re: Joystick / Gamepad install for Advance Mame

You can use a i-pac which reads arcade buttons and joysticks and outputs key presses via the USB as if your control panel were a keyboard. I haven't done this with an RaspPi but I've used them a few times when building standard arcade machines. Unsure about power requirements but it's only a small m...
by mike_bike_kite
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

171k - that's quite a good score, I'm quite impressed. Every 200k you get special power up options (Nukes, a more powerful canon and automatic shields). It can be quite difficult trying to manoeuvre to get the correct power up without loosing the opportunity. Did any combination you tried work with ...
by mike_bike_kite
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

I'll admit I'm amazed your helping me so much with this but it's definitely appreciated! Yesterday I thought I'd have to abandon the idea of using the Pi and now it's looking quite hopeful. The only issue currently appears to be the sound. There is normally a full range of arcade sound effects being...
by mike_bike_kite
Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

Perhaps you can advise ... I'm going to build a dedicated arcade machine around that little game (a bit like one of the old galaxian arcade machines). For this to look ok it must be running in full screen ie no task bar etc. It also obviously has to be fast enough to be playable and would require so...
by mike_bike_kite
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Re: Dedicated arcade project in Java

Fantastic response ! that told me everything I need to know. You can view the FPS etc by pressing P - this brings up a pause screen with some options and one of them is to turn testing on - this shows FPS. It looks like the Pi isn't going to go into this project though - shame but not a big issue. M...
by mike_bike_kite
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Dedicated arcade project in Java
Replies: 20
Views: 7588

Dedicated arcade project in Java

I'm still waiting for my Pi (ordered in May! thanks RS) but my intention is to build it into a dedicated arcade machine. I have a particular Java arcade program I want to run but wondered if the Pi is fast enough to run it? Does it produce sound on the Pi? Is it running full screen with no task bar ...

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