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by tawalker
Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: No time sync on boot when Pi is using WiFi
Replies: 11
Views: 10186

Re: No time sync on boot when Pi is using WiFi

Thanks pepedog :) I also have an Eee 701SD (running Arch/x86), and where possible I try to run the same kind of applications on the 701 and the Pi. That said, wicd has not always behaved well for me on the Eee - it frequently refuses to log onto some WiFi networks, even though I know the authenticat...
by tawalker
Mon Jan 21, 2013 5:02 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: No time sync on boot when Pi is using WiFi
Replies: 11
Views: 10186

No time sync on boot when Pi is using WiFi

I recently added a Belkin "nano" USB WiFi dongle to my Pi, and am glad to report it is recognised and enabled "out of the box" under Arch (though I had to tweak wicd to use the correct interface, but that by the bye). However, there's a curious issue, which I hope someone here can suggest a fix for:...
by tawalker
Tue Jan 15, 2013 7:07 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Delaying time sync until WiFi has connected
Replies: 4
Views: 2258

Re: Delaying time sync until WiFi has connected

Thanks MaxK1 :) I've been looking again at what goes on when the Pi boots, and from the messages displayed by systemd (which Arch now uses to manage running services, replacing rc.local / initscripts), it looks as if wicd starts up quite early in the boot sequence. I think the WiFi link must be acti...
by tawalker
Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Delaying time sync until WiFi has connected
Replies: 4
Views: 2258

Delaying time sync until WiFi has connected

I just took delivery of a USB WiFi dongle for my Pi - a Belkin F7D1102ED, which basically worked out of the box, at least in Arch. (I say "it worked", in the sense that the driver and firmware appear to be included in Arch/ARM, and loaded automatically; however, I had to "tweak" wicd (the network ma...
by tawalker
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:38 am
Forum: Cases
Topic: PiHouse case: is it still available?
Replies: 0
Views: 1023

PiHouse case: is it still available?

Since the news about new RPi's shipping with 512MB RAM, I've been thinking about buying one more to go with my existing "oldie"... like many of you, I suspect ;) My current Pi is mounted inside a PiHouse enclosure, and as I like both the transparent look and the fact that there's a slot in the case ...
by tawalker
Fri Oct 19, 2012 9:43 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Terminal window managers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1535

Re: Terminal window managers?

dvtm seems what you want after re-reading the above postings, it is in repositories http://www.brain-dump.org/projects/dvtm/#screenshots Thank you!!! I've been looking for a "tiling window manager" which doesn't require X11 - I have experimented with awesome (X-based), but it doesn't quite "tile" t...
by tawalker
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is 512mb a good thing?
Replies: 109
Views: 15342

Re: Is 512mb a good thing?

Accelerated X will be a solved problem soon; we've put engineering resource on it, and it's actively being worked on. That would really put the icing on the proverbial cake for me... or should that be the "custard on the Raspberry Pi(e)"? :P I don't think the extra RAM would make much difference to...
by tawalker
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:54 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Pi as media player for CRT TV: which distro?
Replies: 5
Views: 3639

Re: Pi as media player for CRT TV: which distro?

The RPi has composite output, not component. Composite video = 1 yellow plug Component = 1 red, 1 green, 1 blue plug you can feed the composite plus (3.5mm audio jack - stereo rca) into a rca/ scart adaptor, easily available Thanks for clarifying that - I didn't actually know there was a difference...
by tawalker
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:38 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Pi as media player for CRT TV: which distro?
Replies: 5
Views: 3639

Pi as media player for CRT TV: which distro?

Now that the Model B is shipping with 512MB RAM, I'm thinking about ordering a second Pi... which leaves me wondering what I would do with my existing one :) My "front-runner" idea at the moment, would be to repurpose the "old" Pi as a media player for our old Toshiba CRT TV in the lounge. We've not...
by tawalker
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: 512MB Pi supported by Arch?
Replies: 4
Views: 2608

512MB Pi supported by Arch?

With today's announcement of new Model Bs shipping with 512MB RAM, I spotted that the firmware needs to be upgraded so that the OS will recognise and use the extra memory. Not that I'm likely to be taking delivery of a "B+" in the next month (AFAIK), but will a simple pacman -Syu update be enough to...
by tawalker
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch
Replies: 5
Views: 5781

Re: XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch

Thanks pushpop - I might try grabbing the AUR version and building it this evening, though I guess I might need to leave it compiling for much of the evening :D
by tawalker
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: Counting Packages
Replies: 12
Views: 2522

Re: Counting Packages

I've encountered a couple of instances where there are packages missing from the official armv6h repos, which come up in the package search at the Arch Linux ARM site. No "showstoppers" from my perspective (and sadly I can't remember specific examples), and I imagine the "hard float" Arch will catch...
by tawalker
Mon Oct 15, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Logitech wireless keyboard: mapping volume keys
Replies: 2
Views: 3046

Re: Logitech wireless keyboard: mapping volume keys

I've made some progress on this over the weekend - the main one being to find out why the volume controls didn't appear to work with the Fluxbox keymapper code. I eventually discovered by trial and error, that the problem was down to the particular amixer commands I was issuing. In a nutshell, I fou...
by tawalker
Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:13 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Problems with serial port adaptors?
Replies: 32
Views: 6596

Re: Problems with serial port adaptors?

I invested in one of these USB/RS232 converter modules via eBay UK (as they'd been recommended elsewhere on this forum for Pi use). It cost less than £1.50 including postage, though I had to wait nearly three weeks as it had to be shipped directly from China (I could wait :) ). The pins on this modu...
by tawalker
Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Logitech wireless keyboard: mapping volume keys
Replies: 2
Views: 3046

Logitech wireless keyboard: mapping volume keys

I'm running Arch (hard float) on my Pi, with both Fluxbox and XFCE as my WM/DE's. At present, I use a Logitech K360 wireless keyboard (longer-term, I'd like a K400 for the integrated touchpad, though :) ), and I'm trying to get the multimedia keys mapped, to do what they're supposed to. This is supp...
by tawalker
Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:16 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: Sound fixed in Arch yet?
Replies: 2
Views: 1295

Re: Sound fixed in Arch yet?

Well, that's a welcome surprise - I got home, modprobe'd snd-bcm2835, fired up XMMS... and it played back without problems. I'm guessing the module wasn't loaded, so I've just set up a config file in /etc/modules-load.d which I'm about to test, but hopefully it'll auoload snd-bcm2835 on boot. It loo...
by tawalker
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: Sound fixed in Arch yet?
Replies: 2
Views: 1295

Sound fixed in Arch yet?

I did a fresh install of Arch ("hard float") on my Pi last week, and whilst I'm generally very happy indeed with the improvement in performance with HF, I was disappointed to find that sound still doesn't appear to work (as it hasn't in Arch for weeks, AFAIK). I wondered if I haven't set up the modu...
by tawalker
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Fantasy RPi 2 spec (what's yours?)
Replies: 86
Views: 8132

Re: Fantasy RPi 2 spec (what's yours?)

There's not much that I'd change with my Pi for a Mk2 version (at least on the hardware front) - yes, it would definitely be welcome to have more RAM to play with (512MB would suit me nicely), and if it were possible to give the "Pi2" a Gigabit Ethernet port, I wouldn't complain. That said, I seem t...
by tawalker
Thu Oct 11, 2012 12:01 pm
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: how to set up fonts for big screen
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: how to set up fonts for big screen

[EDIT: Sorry, I just spotted that you're more interested in X fonts than the console, but just in case this helps someone else... ;) ] You could check out this page on the Arch Linux wiki about console fonts - it's where I learned how to change the font on my Pi (and my Eee netbook (Arch/x86)) outsi...
by tawalker
Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Remote monitor viewing
Replies: 3
Views: 1407

Re: Remote monitor viewing

There are quite a few ways you could do this, though the methods I'm aware of are a bit on the technical side: a VPN of some kind (rather involved, so probably best not to "go there"); run servers for Secure SHell (SSH) and VNC (remote desktop display) on the remote Pi, and "tunnel" the VNC connecti...
by tawalker
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:34 am
Forum: Arch
Topic: XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch
Replies: 5
Views: 5781

Re: XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch

Note to self: always search the forums before posting... :oops:
/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=18251

Will check this out, but by the looks of things, I might be best to keep RaspBMC on a second SD card after all?
by tawalker
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Arch
Topic: XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch
Replies: 5
Views: 5781

XBMC (or other media centre suite) on Arch

Has anyone who uses Arch on the RasPi, has much success running XBMC (or another media centre suite) under this distro? I'm running Arch (hard float), and I'm thinking of using the Pi partly (not exclusively) as a network media player for a spare TV we're thinking of for the bedroom. However, the Pi...
by tawalker
Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:20 am
Forum: Arch
Topic: Upgrade Soft to Hard float.
Replies: 2
Views: 974

Re: Upgrade Soft to Hard float.

But setting up a new Arch Linux is fun ;-) I "bit the bullet" last week - imaged my Pi's SD card, wiped it and installed the "hard float" Arch image. It's a bit painful at times, figuring out/remembering what I did to set up the "old" system (I don't always document things very well - so grateful f...
by tawalker
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: Getting serial console to respond in Arch/ARM
Replies: 21
Views: 24043

Re: Getting serial console to respond in Arch/ARM

Truthfully I am really getting attached to systemd I'm starting to grow used to systemd, mainly as I've had to - I did a fresh installation of the "hard-float" Arch/ARM on the Pi, and it came with systemd all set up, so I figured I'd roll with it :) Mind you, I'm now in the weird situation of havin...
by tawalker
Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Arch
Topic: Getting serial console to respond in Arch/ARM
Replies: 21
Views: 24043

Re: Getting serial console to respond in Arch/ARM

Odd thing: I can start the service with # systemctl start getty@ttyAMA0 and the serial console runs fine, but if I run # systemctl enable getty@ttyAMA0.service and reboot the Pi, the console service doesn't respond when I try and log onto it from a connected machine. (The systemctl "status" seems to...

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