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by Higgs
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How to get from Raspberry pi to a PCB?
Replies: 11
Views: 1414

Re: How to get from Raspberry pi to a PCB?

Posted this recently in another thread

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ3ajIoNIkA

He goes to extremes, physically altering the board. His cam takes snapshots but there's no reason it couldn't record video also.
by Higgs
Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: SSH into Rpi very slow/hangs when network typ is different
Replies: 1
Views: 772

Re: SSH into Rpi very slow/hangs when network typ is differe

I don't think anyone can give an answer to questions like this, only suggestions on how to troubelshoot. Sounds like a router problem, but who knows.... If I were you, I would try process of elimination. 1) SSH using a linux PC if available (eliminate Windows as the problem - always a concern) 2) At...
by Higgs
Tue Sep 22, 2015 4:23 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Voting system for the forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5321

Re: Voting system for the forum

The only exception to the above is if I feel someone is looking for somebody else to do his homework. Then I just ignore the post, and let others "give him s**t" ;) Ben I agree with this, but I would also point out that "do" is the operative word in these cases. Answering a Q, unless the questioner...
by Higgs
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Using Rpi as a remote display bridge. Ideas?
Replies: 4
Views: 950

Re: Using Rpi as a remote display bridge. Ideas?

I've used the Pi as a MaxiVista-type substitute (didn't really have a need for it - was just mucking around to see if I could do it.) I used tightvnc on a Windows PC and just exported the 2nd screen (I created a fake VGA plug with some resistors so the PC thought there was a second screen when there...
by Higgs
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Voting system for the forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5321

Re: Voting system for the forum

I also dislike the use of LMGTFY, I do find it rude and try to avoid using it (even though sometimes I'm sorely tempted). TL;DR: "Me too" +1 The problem is you have no idea if the poster is some 40 yr old geek or some 12 yr old kid that just got his RPi and posted a Q hoping to join a friendly comm...
by Higgs
Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Voting system for the forum
Replies: 42
Views: 5321

Re: Voting system for the forum

IMO there is a need for some type of time differentiator for recent solutions vs older/outdated ones that no longer apply due to changes in OS functionality. The problem is that troubleshooting searches will tend to aggregate results by number of posts, not timely relevance. Outdated "solutions" wil...
by Higgs
Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:12 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wpa_gui is scanning forever....
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: wpa_gui is scanning forever....

None of this is my forte either - I just recently decided to experiment with adding a camera and wifi dongle to my RPi2 just for the heck of it. What I discovered is that there were system changes made to the usage of the /etc/network/interfaces file (maybe around May of this year?) https://www.rasp...
by Higgs
Sat Sep 19, 2015 5:18 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: wpa_gui is scanning forever....
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: wpa_gui is scanning forever....

According to

http://elinux.org/RPi_USB_Wi-Fi_Adapters

that adapter needs firmware installed. Do you even see it in lsusb? What about iwconfig?
by Higgs
Fri Sep 18, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: /etc/network/interfaces changed,weird 2 LAN IPs instead of 1
Replies: 71
Views: 112813

Re: /etc/network/interfaces has changed

Yoly Moley......... Just getting around to trying a wifi on my Pi2 and have been going around in circles until by chance landing on this thread. There are so many old posts about using "static" or "dhcp" in the interfaces file that I have been using those references to troubleshoot without knowing t...
by Higgs
Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RDP on Pi kind-of works...
Replies: 2
Views: 850

Re: RDP on Pi kind-of works...

For anyone else interested in RDP audio, apparently XP will only forward tsmf, so will only work with Media Player and things that Windows itself can play. So no Youtube vid sound. VLC may be able to multicast what it plays. For Win 7, there are things like AirFoil (paid) or Stream What You Hear to ...
by Higgs
Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Win-OS for Pi 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 1815

Re: Win-OS for Pi 2?

Well, in the early days of Windows you may have noticed that Microsoft wasn't too strict on cracking down on OS piracy. It worked pretty well as a strategy to gain ubiquity in the marketplace. Software writers knew what they wrote would be most common for Windows rather than anything else. Things ha...
by Higgs
Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Win-OS for Pi 2?
Replies: 10
Views: 1815

Re: Win-OS for Pi 2?

No way. Pi uses an ARM CPU, not Intel, so you need to use Linux, not Windows. I think the software you use requires Microsoft proprietary add-ons like .NET and DirectX. The best way might be to use either a Windows Surface tablet or (cheaper) buy a used/small Netbook off eBay that runs a flavor of W...
by Higgs
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RDP on Pi kind-of works...
Replies: 2
Views: 850

RDP on Pi kind-of works...

I have been experimenting with possible different uses for the Pi2 before buying more of them and was wondering if anyone using it as a thin client under RDP has had this issue: Since I am only testing I am using an older system - in this case Win Xp Pro - as the RDP server. On the Pi, i am running ...
by Higgs
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Use raspberry pi as third monitor
Replies: 14
Views: 5773

Re: Use raspberry pi as third monitor

I've done this as an experiment (just for spitz and giggles) but YMMV. First, I used an old laptop running Windows XP as the main server (should work for later versions but I'm not interested in testing the flavors). Since all laptops have a VGA output for an external monitor, I created a fake virtu...
by Higgs
Tue May 26, 2015 8:01 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi as a desktop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1968

Re: Pi as a desktop?

Agree about XP. I timed an old netbook (Intel Atom) I had transplanted one of my original SSD's into after upgrading another PC (transferred XP onto it too) and it boots to a working desktop in 25 seconds (YMMV). Also, if Windows needs swap space for lack of memory, it uses the swap on the SSD, whic...
by Higgs
Tue May 26, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi as a desktop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1968

Re: Pi as a desktop?

One other thing you might consider if you have not already done it. Since a Pi2+power supply would go for roughly the cost of a 60 or 90GB SSD these days, you might consider installing a SSD into her PC and putting on a fresh copy of Windows. Her existing work files should be copied/backed-up regard...
by Higgs
Tue May 26, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Pi as a desktop?
Replies: 16
Views: 1968

Re: Pi as a desktop?

Greetings all. New Pi2 owner here. (Edit: - Booting linux from USB stick already given as an answer.) The browsers in Raspbian and Mate have all crashed on me. They lack hardware acceleration so Youtube is agony. This is probably why I will hold off buying more Pi's - because while it is great I can...

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