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by SimonSmall
Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Remote Desktop Help
Replies: 9
Views: 1000

Re: Remote Desktop Help

Try installing the package "tmux" on the Pi. This allows you to create a new "session" (screen), then disconnect from that screen leaving it running. When you log in again, you can reconnect to that screen and continue doing what you were doing before I am not sure if this is exactly what you want, ...
by SimonSmall
Mon Sep 07, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Remote access GUI & USB drive
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Remote access GUI & USB drive

I am not sure that I understand the statement the file manager in my Raspi does not see the thumb drive I insert into the PC while in Remote Access" Are you inserting the thumb drive into your PC / laptop, when that PC / laptop is accessing the Pi remotely? If so, the Pi cannot 'see' anything on you...
by SimonSmall
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: SSH authentication failed
Replies: 2
Views: 1074

Re: SSH authentication failed

Usually SSH "just works" on the Pi - BUT - you have deleted the "pi" user which has all the authorisation set up for it, so some of the suggestions on the internet might not be applicable. Don't worry, having the default user "pi" is not necessary to get SSH running. You can see a consequence of thi...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:51 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: My micro SD card shrunk please help!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 569

Re: My micro SD card shrunk please help!!!

Let me guess... You have looked at or formatted the SD card using Windows? The Pi does not boot without an SD card as that is where it reads the boot files from. These must be held on a FAT formatted partition (a few GB). The rest of the files are on another partition formatted for Linux. When you p...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: error on loading
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: error on loading

... and the second question gui showed no icons (completely different issue, so different reply) This is the "new way" of hiding everything so the screen "looks clean and uncluttered" - how do you know to look for something if you don't know it is there? !!!! Your icons can be added to the desktop b...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:18 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: error on loading
Replies: 4
Views: 487

Re: error on loading

You can also search the Forums using the search box at the top. This shows two topics with answers: * Forum: General discussion * Topic: Searching for the right log-file The message about "cgroups" is safe to ignore. It's a feature that is not used by default. * Forum: Troubleshooting * Topic: [warn...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: installing processing
Replies: 21
Views: 2682

Re: installing processing

The message suggests that the "tar" command cannot find the "processing...tgz" file. You must run the tar command in the same directory as the processing file, or specify the path to that file. Where did you save the downloaded file? Where are you trying to run the tar command from? Type ls -l proce...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Unable to boot anything but NOOBS
Replies: 8
Views: 749

Re: Unable to boot anything but NOOBS

Firstly, your Pi boots with NOOBS, so you know that nothing is faulty. The Pi MUST boot from a correctly formatted SD card that has the correct boot files on it. The sdcard.org formatter just creates a "clean" format on the card ready to put files on to. Your problem is with writing "some version of...
by SimonSmall
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Dual-booting the Raspberry Pi with custom OS
Replies: 4
Views: 1403

Re: Dual-booting the Raspberry Pi with custom OS

An alternative option would be to try the NOOBS software; this allows you to have multiple OSs on a SD card. A custom OS can be installed using just a 'tarball' (zip file). The instructions are not too detailed but look like they should be easy to follow if you are reasonably experienced (I have not...
by SimonSmall
Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Compiling and testing NOOBS
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Compiling and testing NOOBS

I am not sure how much of a hint that was - but I do have another Pi, and SD cards.

However, it did suggest alternative Google searches that did point me towards cross-compiling; again not something I am very familiar with. Are there any good guides on this?
by SimonSmall
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Compiling and testing NOOBS
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Compiling and testing NOOBS

I have downloaded and compiled NOOBS on my Pi. It took quite a while :) (but then I ran out of SDCard space; I'll try again soon) What I really want to do is to play with creating my own OS, for which I think I just change the list of packages to install, and also experiment with what the NOOBS inst...
by SimonSmall
Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No screen standby on Raspberry Pi
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: No screen standby on Raspberry Pi

This has been something i have been waiting a long time for. The PI blanks the display, but does not properly put the display to sleep. <snip> The screen blanking is a feature of Linux, probably dating back to the old monitors that would burn into the screens leaving a faint image on the screen eve...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?
Replies: 42
Views: 1892

Re: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?

Answer 1: How do I manually mount a USB memory stick / thumb drive in NOOBS (that is missing the auto mount functionality, and is not connected to the internet) (to keep it REALLY simple, I have not explained what all the things here mean - you don't need to know what is not explained) 1) The OS doe...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?
Replies: 42
Views: 1892

Re: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?

... The program had another catch to it which would have stumped me in that it needed different "rxtx" to work correctly. Perhaps the "rxtx" refers to something like "http://eclipsesource.com/blogs/2012/10/17/serial-communication-in-java-with-raspberry-pi-and-rxtx/" - this seems to be a logical rea...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:14 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?
Replies: 42
Views: 1892

Re: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?

... I now don't even have a GUI, just a command line. I just re-read your posts. If you are at the command line prompt, type "startx" and press enter. That will start the GUI. Depending on what you changed, your Pi might boot to the command line every time (that is easy to fix - you use the "raspi-...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?
Replies: 42
Views: 1892

Re: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?

@ Jonsmiller I am not near my Pi at the moment, but I will be in a couple of hours. It may well be passed the point where you have resolved any issues yourself (with your friends help), but I will check with my Pi and a new NOOBS install and will post both answers. If it does not help you, it might ...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: The MagPi
Topic: More help on Git - e.g. Gitolite?
Replies: 2
Views: 1025

More help on Git - e.g. Gitolite?

I have read about Git in MagPi # 27,28,29 (Oct-Dec 2014, by Alec Clews), and am now using Git repositories for a lot of my work. I can easily see changes and wind them back if I change my mind. I have found Git a useful tool for both things that I code and for documentation, and it was these three a...
by SimonSmall
Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?
Replies: 42
Views: 1892

Re: Missing most of tools in NOOBS installed on Pi2?

I'm not sure of what the tools are but I purchased this product to do one thing, load a program via a thumb drive...<snip>. The non ability to just plug in a thumb drive is a no starter. Just leaving aside the fact that NOOBS has not installed the right stuff to auto-mount your thumb drive... Do yo...
by SimonSmall
Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Need for a specific Board for NOOBS installer?
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Need for a specific Board for NOOBS installer?

Thanks for the comments... " 90% of posts about "NOOBS" are actually OS related or covered by the "boot sticky" instead " - I think that this sums up my attitude. However good the documentation may appear to those of us who "know this stuff" it is very hard to know what those "who don't" will unders...
by SimonSmall
Sun Jun 21, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Need for a specific Board for NOOBS installer?
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Need for a specific Board for NOOBS installer?

I have been checking the NOOBS installer, something I have not done as I have had my Pis for a while and used images of full distributions for my SD cards. I am wondering why there isn't a specific Board for NOOBS in a prominent position in the Forum to help out new users with their problems I searc...
by SimonSmall
Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:40 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Shutting down
Replies: 10
Views: 4647

Re: Shutting down

Using the idea that there are many ways to do something... have you considered the several remote access options for the Pi? One common one is Putty, but there are RDP (same as in Windows) and similar "Apps" available for mobile devices. You can probably do this just as quickly as opening the Browse...
by SimonSmall
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Mounting FAT32 devices
Replies: 3
Views: 701

Re: Mounting FAT32 devices

A FAT32 format (or vfat in Linux) does not 'do' individual permissions, so chmod and chown do not have an effect The permissions you get are set by the fstab entry when it is mounted, with all files and directories having the same permissions. You can use uid, gid and/or umask values to set them - s...
by SimonSmall
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: SD cards and repeated reads
Replies: 3
Views: 574

Re: SD cards and repeated reads

You could look into having memory based storage (a ramdisc) if your repeating file is small enough for the memory, or put that file on a USB memory stick. Neither of these are as vulnerable as the SD card
by SimonSmall
Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where did the Wiki link get to ?
Replies: 21
Views: 3889

Re: Where did the Wiki link get to ?

the recent avalanche of commercial edits in the Wiki, and the passive attitude of other editors not stopping this misuse of the wiki The problem with a wiki, and wild accusations like this, is that the wiki keeps all the history of changes, and I don't see evidence of this in the Raspberry Pi secti...

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