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by ahstwin
Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: Teaching and learning resources
Topic: STICKY: Free Python Books / Tutorials
Replies: 62
Views: 120891

Re: Free Python Books / Tutorials

For those who want to learn python in a simple and supportive environment should give this page a go:

http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/python
by ahstwin
Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Best Cheap WiFi Dongle
Replies: 55
Views: 195073

Re: Best Cheap WiFi Dongle

Since Icetech have stopped selling the one posted and Comfast seem to be selling a different design now, I've ordered one of the new ones for evaluation purposes. It may not work out of the box, may even have one of these RTL8188EU chipsets. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261226675344 Looks a bit bigger...
by ahstwin
Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:34 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspberry Pi Powered from AC USB Hub
Replies: 21
Views: 37099

Re: Raspberry Pi Powered from AC USB Hub

^ spot on. I'm running mine straight off the usb hub which is powered through an ac connection.j just make sure the ac supply can provide sufficient current ( mine is about 1.5A max so you can also run a Wi-Fi adapter)
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Media Player
Replies: 2
Views: 1233

Re: Media Player

Unfortunately, there exists no purchaseable software for Pi which can just install and run like in windows. Rpi is very experimental and requires many applications to be compiled from source code. If you're interested in taking a step into the deep end of the pool, have a read of this page: http://w...
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Loosing HDMI Signal When changing Source
Replies: 9
Views: 2266

Re: Loosing HDMI Signal When changing Source

Have you tried a different HDMI cable? It may have issues with the idea of hotplugging.
by ahstwin
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:58 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: extracting raspbian image with peazip
Replies: 6
Views: 7350

Re: extracting raspbian image with peazip

Why couldn't you use the win32 tool? What errors were you getting?
by ahstwin
Wed Dec 12, 2012 4:40 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HDMI to VGA
Replies: 17
Views: 6613

Re: HDMI to VGA

HDMI to VGA converters are quite expensive although they're slowly becoming more affordable. You can't just blindly buy any hdmi to vga converter and expect it to work. If you read the basic setup guide on the elinux wiki page, it says you need to buy the right one. http://elinux.org/RPi_Hardware_Ba...
by ahstwin
Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Full Pi Computer Case
Replies: 4
Views: 1494

Re: Full Pi Computer Case

Wooden planks or aluminum sheets are okay materials to work with. The Al can be bent to shape then pop riveted to hold together
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Raspberry Pi Stuck at Raspberry Logo
Replies: 14
Views: 10938

Re: Raspberry Pi Stuck at Raspberry Logo

Don't be so quick to condemn the Rpi and call it flakey. Provided there are no manufacturing defects there are a few things which could be wrong: - Did you follow the process to properly flash the OS onto your SD card? Not just copy-pasting. - Did you try to run it through your TV using a composite ...
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Help
Replies: 6
Views: 1315

Re: Help

Don't forget RaspbianXBMC. Here's the link for the tutorial on how to do it.

http://www.raspbian.org/RaspbianXBMC

Ignore the thing that says you need a pisces image. The newest Wheezy release does the same job. The process may look long and complicated but I can confirm it works.
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Can't install software on the pi
Replies: 9
Views: 7948

Re: Can't install software on the pi

Generally, linux based OSs don't need AV programs. Easy as that. If you're starting out in linux then these commands in terminal will be your friend: cd .. - Goes up 1 directory ls - Gives a listing of all the files and folders in your current folder. sudo apt-get update - Checks the net for updates...
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Nexus 7 as monitor for Pi
Replies: 17
Views: 25562

Re: Nexus 7 as monitor for Pi

As stated above you'd need virtual networking client like software to work it. Simply plugging the HDMI cable into your phone won't do anything since they're both outputs. Some people using VNC have found some issues with speed however, not everyone is on that boat
by ahstwin
Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: R-pi motherboard
Replies: 9
Views: 2710

Re: R-pi motherboard

It's quite intuitive and logical to say that it's no simple job. But it isn't impossible. More rather, it's not worth the effort and modifications you'd need to do to the pi to even get it to remotely represent a mobile phone. Note the Rpi is an experimental board and everyone is still tinkering wit...
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Boot Issues
Replies: 2
Views: 737

Re: Boot Issues

Have you tried reflashing the OS onto the SD card? Followed by swapping cards if the first step doesn't work.
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:06 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: R Pi Apparently Not Starting
Replies: 4
Views: 958

Re: R Pi Apparently Not Starting

Have you got a composite tv to try the alternative output? Check your config.txt to make sure you have the hdmi_safe option enabled to force the hdmi output. Uncomment the hdmi_boost option too if you need to
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Set up Raspbian with XBMC
Replies: 2
Views: 1042

Re: Set up Raspbian with XBMC

The first method is long and you could use the newest wheezy distro. It may look really long and complicated but it works. I can verify it's integrity. All good.
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: YouTube
Replies: 5
Views: 1646

Re: YouTube

Use the search function please. There are a few threads on setting up yt-downloader and XBMC on almost any distro for Pi.
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Best Distro for XBMC, Webserver & NAS?
Replies: 2
Views: 3429

Re: Best Distro for XBMC, Webserver & NAS?

In terms of XBMC, you could use Raspbian Wheezy paired with the XBMC release for it. The only downside is you have to compile it from source. Refer to this link for a guide on how to: http://www.raspbian.org/RaspbianXBMC Don't take notice to the reference of the Pisces image. You can use the newest ...
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:33 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: raspberry pi bed device , cool idea
Replies: 2
Views: 1134

Re: raspberry pi bed device , cool idea

http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=64&t=19394 That thread should give you some insight as to how some particular touchscreen platforms have been set up. Can't stress to you how experimental this process is and you might only find success with the components others have used instea...
by ahstwin
Sun Dec 09, 2012 1:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Raspberry as backup PC
Replies: 7
Views: 2457

Re: Using Raspberry as backup PC

Please consider what you're buying. An experimental computer system for about $50. It's not going to rival most contemporary desktop systems with quad core i7s. I've found acceptable speeds with using the web browser on some content rich sites like ebay.
by ahstwin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:10 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: No HDMI Output...
Replies: 5
Views: 2808

Re: No HDMI Output...

If I remember correctly, some HDMI cables do not support hotplugging. Your cable might be dead. Have you tried a replacement cable for the signal?
by ahstwin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:04 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question, just want to make sure i dont blow up my Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 9326

Re: Simple question, just want to make sure i dont blow up m

You just have to make sure the hub can supply enough current. Check the Output tag on the plug which powers your hub. Minimum 700 mA just for the Pi itself. But beware that the hub may be rated at something like 1 A but supply a maximum current to each port which is lower than the 1A rating.
by ahstwin
Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Possible running software on pi
Replies: 3
Views: 3812

Re: Possible running software on pi

Hi everbody I'm new to linux and raspebbry pi but I'm getting my board today and I have some questions about some software is it possible to run on rasberry 1. Google sketchup 2. Libreoffice 3. Antivirus Now forgive me if I'm a total noob but like I said I'm new Thanks for any help I use Raspbian (...
by ahstwin
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:49 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Raspbmc setup fail
Replies: 6
Views: 2130

Re: Raspbmc setup fail

To have Raspbian XBMC, you don't necessarily need Pisces. The newest Wheezy distribution will work the same. It was probably just at the time of writing that guide that the Pisces distro was the newest available.

Your Midori problem might be solved if you do it using the Wheezy distro.
by ahstwin
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:54 am
Forum: Raspberry Pi OS
Topic: It won't boot
Replies: 4
Views: 1502

Re: It won't boot

What sort of video output are you using? is it the composite or the HDMI? Sometimes it defaults to one when you're trying to use the other.

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