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by HB
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:28 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Rashiba?... Toshberry??... It's just a plastic box
Replies: 4
Views: 2400

Re: Rashiba?... Toshberry??... It's just a plastic box

That's actually a really interesting computing idea. Use all of the bits in the laptop (screen, keyboard, speakers) for interface, and have the actual guts of the computer in the power brick. If I had a spare laptop to gut, I'd be wanting to buy another Pi and do that.
by HB
Tue Jul 31, 2012 4:14 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Couldnt it have been Atoms?
Replies: 40
Views: 9317

Re: Couldnt it have been Atoms?

My atom netbook plays all formats of video fine in Ubuntu. Not sure about how this works in terms of licensing, but it does just work. Whatever media player you're using would be decoding in software, something that ARM CPUs, even faster ones, just don't handle well. The codec licensing here is rea...
by HB
Sun Jul 29, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Berryboot v1.1 - Boot menu / OS installer
Replies: 557
Views: 260040

Re: Berryboot v1.1 - Boot menu / OS installer

Wow, that's brilliant work you've done there. Kudos to you.
by HB
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:20 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Wearable computing on a budget
Replies: 2
Views: 757

Wearable computing on a budget

So recently I've been thinking a bit about wearable computing. There are battery packs that are known to work with the Raspberry Pi, so it's certainly possible to have one powered up on the go, and USB 3G dongles can provide net connectivity. But what about practical means of display and control? Th...
by HB
Sun Jul 29, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: AOC USB powered display?
Replies: 5
Views: 2806

Re: AOC USB powered display?

I'm pretty sure that USB monitors can only use their own GPU - so no, the Pi's GPU won't control it. This doesn't necessarily mean that the USB display won't work - as far as I know, Linux driver support for them is decent enough - but you wouldn't be able to use the Pi's GPU for hardware accelerate...
by HB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Shouldn't Rpi developers be payed by the Foundation?
Replies: 36
Views: 4776

Re: Shouldn't Rpi developers be payed by the Foundation?

...but it's not so suitable for an off-the-shelf commercial product where customers expect things to work, to be fit for purpose, and be quickly fixed if they don't or it isn't. Something to keep in mind here is what the intended and advertised purpose is . It's not "cheap media centre", though it'...
by HB
Wed Jul 25, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Hidden/Sneaky Cases
Replies: 10
Views: 16149

Re: Hidden/Sneaky Cases

There's any number of possibilities strewn around my living room. An A/V receiver. Its speakers. Another computer (in particular, I've kicked around the idea of building a Pi into a DVD-ROM drive casing, including a slot-loading laptop DVD drive so it remains apparently functional). A clock.
by HB
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:18 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: No Output to HDMI
Replies: 4
Views: 1213

Re: No Output to HDMI

Do you have a config.txt set up? It might be some conflicting settings in that confusing it; I just had a similar issue on Debian caused by that.
by HB
Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:08 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry PiNES
Replies: 3
Views: 3421

Re: Raspberry PiNES

Well, after many weekends visiting Dad and his tool shed, I've finally completed it. Having the SD card accessible through the original cartridge door was achieved by screwing a sheet of acrylic onto the posts in the case that used to hold the original motherboard in, then screwing a complicated arr...
by HB
Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:03 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: iPod as screen and battery
Replies: 3
Views: 2970

Re: iPod as screen and battery

Theoretically possible. I'm not sure that the iPod can supply the 700mA that the Pi needs, though.
by HB
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry PiNES
Replies: 3
Views: 3421

Re: Raspberry PiNES

Okay, it's wired up a bit better now. Actual power and composite video ports installed and functional, power switch and LED functional. Next step: make holes for HDMI and ethernet.
by HB
Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Novice seeking help with basic electronics
Replies: 5
Views: 1989

Re: Novice seeking help with basic electronics

Thanks for the info guys - it's working great.

Wiring it up and programming it so it lights up when it's finished booting is an interesting idea. Not something that suits my needs here, but I'll be keeping it in mind for possible future projects. Potentially quite useful.
by HB
Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: Interfacing (DSI, CSI, I2C, etc.)
Topic: Novice seeking help with basic electronics
Replies: 5
Views: 1989

Novice seeking help with basic electronics

As part of a project for fitting a RasPi into a NES case, I want to have the NES's power LED functional for showing if the Pi is being powered. Based on the LED output tutorial on the wiki , I believe hooking the LED along with a 270 Ohm resistor up to the 3.3V pin on the GPIO should work and not bu...
by HB
Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Raspberry PiNES
Replies: 3
Views: 3421

Raspberry PiNES

Not a terribly good name, I know. Anyway, the general idea is pretty simple; gut an old NES and put a Raspberry Pi in the case. My goal is to do it with as little modification to the exterior of the case as possible; putting USB ports where the controller ports usually go, composite video and analog...
by HB
Sun Jun 17, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

I didn't time it, but the resize did take a while on mine.

Is there some way to have a progress meter for it? A useful thing to have, if possible.
by HB
Sun Jun 17, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

Smartybones wrote:although I installed dcfldd, an enhanced version of dd, only because I hate the way I get no indication of how far through the process dd is up to....
Thank you! That is definitely going on the list of things I keep installed on all my systems.
by HB
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

asb wrote:Yes, it will be appending to config.txt and for some reason this is clearly resulting in junk...but only sometimes. Hmm.
Does it necessarily have to be appending the file? I would have thought it would make more sense to use sed to uncomment the existing relevant line.
by HB
Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:38 am
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

Ok, that's what happened to me. I reported this issue on asb's Git/Spindle and am trying to decide whether its real or just my finger trouble. Could you look at /boot/config.txt using nano, not leafpad, and see if there is a long line near the end which has possibly a # followed by a long string of...
by HB
Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

KenT wrote:Although you didn't see the extra line did the reconfiguration work? I has a little trouble with it and I wonder if anyone else has.
No; I noticed this because when I rebooted it expecting overscan to be disabled, it wasn't.
by HB
Wed Jun 13, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: Debian
Topic: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)
Replies: 443
Views: 134890

Re: Help test the next Debian image (wheezy)

I'm generally impressed with the progress made with this image. Two issues to note, though. 'Change overscan' in raspi-config didn't seem to actually do anything to the relevant line in config.txt, and the package 'usbutils' wasn't installed by default, and I think it ought to be.
by HB
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Have's and Have Nots
Replies: 28
Views: 5333

Re: Have's and Have Nots

<t>AndyD said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Not me! Took me ages to work out the two distributors. Once I made it to the Australian element14 site I was able to make an order, but I haven't got a expected delivery date as yet.<br/> <br/> <br/> I'm in more or less the same boat. At the time of the launch I need...
by HB
Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Windows apps for Pi
Replies: 12
Views: 4644

Re: Windows apps for Pi

<t>While it's not impossible for the OS to be ported to ARM, you still have the same problem as with Windows CE or a hypothetical Windows 8 port: almost no Windows applications are compiled for ARM. To get a useful set of applications you'd wind up needing to port open source applications, and given...
by HB
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: PS/2 to USB Adapter
Replies: 13
Views: 4899

Re: PS/2 to USB Adapter

I've used one with Linux, and it worked fine for me. Of course, technology being what it is, what works for me may or may not work for you. If you've already got one, it can't hurt to try it, but if you'd need to buy one you may as well just buy a cheap new USB keyboard and/or mouse.
by HB
Tue Feb 07, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: what will you name your pis?
Replies: 104
Views: 16824

Re: what will you name your pis?

<t>ArborealSeer said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Plus, I tend to call 'headless' machines Motoko (G.I.T.S fans will get that)<br/> <br/> <br/> I've always intended to use that if I ever put together a persistent USB thumbdrive install of Linux to take from computer to computer. Lately there's been no point t...

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