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by pluggy
Sun May 31, 2015 8:15 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RPi as Church Presentation Tool
Replies: 33
Views: 8449

Re: RPi as Church Presentation Tool

From someone who has seen inside a modern church and how a presention tool would typically work, (Typical use is displaying notices, sermon notes and the words to hymns - saves on Hymn books) I'd say the Pi is far from ideal. There is a large selection of church presentation software, which does the...
by pluggy
Fri May 29, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Class 4 microSDHC Card - Which OS?
Replies: 11
Views: 2915

Re: Class 4 microSDHC Card - Which OS?

Lower class cards don't usually perform better than higher ones, they just cost less. Running an OS is pretty much all about random piecemeal reads, whereas class is ALL about sustained sequential write speed (which is crucial if you're going to put it in a Video Camara). My class 4 Sandisks Will re...
by pluggy
Thu May 28, 2015 7:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Class 4 microSDHC Card - Which OS?
Replies: 11
Views: 2915

Re: Class 4 microSDHC Card - Which OS?

In my world, I'd consider buying a class 10 the mistake. I run all my Pis on class 4. Does nobody ever bother to check what the class is about ? I despair.... Long ago some clueless numpty thought that a class 10 would actually improve a Pi, its been followed closely by religious sheep ever since. F...
by pluggy
Thu May 28, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry PI A+ USB "Error -71"
Replies: 9
Views: 3465

Re: Raspberry PI A+ USB "Error -71"

The A series Pis are tetchy about hubs. I use them as headless servers with just a Wifi pllugged dierctly into the single USB. THey just won't work with my hubs, although they have no problems with any B variant. Other people have reported that their 'A' work fine through their hubs, so the logical ...
by pluggy
Tue May 26, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Reading mains status through GPIO
Replies: 13
Views: 1960

Re: Reading mains status through GPIO

If it were me, I'd find something with a fitted mains neon indicator and stick a phototransistor over it. No mains voltages required and simpler and more efficient than a dc power supply.
by pluggy
Sun May 24, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: Official WiFi Dongle as AP
Replies: 3
Views: 543

Re: Official WiFi Dongle as AP

Pity they don't tell you what chipset is in it.....
by pluggy
Sun May 24, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is this Solar Recharger suitable for Raspberry Pi B+
Replies: 7
Views: 899

Re: Is this Solar Recharger suitable for Raspberry Pi B+

In Scotland, I doubt an outlay of £500 would get you a 24/7 solar powered Pi.
by pluggy
Fri May 22, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power Supply
Replies: 8
Views: 783

Re: Power Supply

Powering the Pi from a powered hub is perfectly legimate and will work (connected with a lead to the MicroUSB port). Back powering is something entirely different.
by pluggy
Fri May 22, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Micro SD Reccommendation
Replies: 8
Views: 1237

Re: Micro SD Reccommendation

Benchmarks are next door to meaningless, SD cards are bought in by the "manufacturers" and branded with their name. There is no garantee that the '16GB Sandicks megadooper extravaganza' you bought last week is the same as this week's '16GB Sandicks megadooper extravaganza'. If they are real ones fro...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: RPi 2 Schematic
Replies: 22
Views: 2161

Re: RPi 2 Schematic

I think schematics have been a sore point with the foundation long before the Pi 2 came along. Or maybe I'm being too cynical.....
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: fetchmail > /dev/null\
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: fetchmail > /dev/null\

I think a lot of people get the impression (from reading the posts on this board) that if anything at all goes wrong with a command, putting "sudo" in front of it will fix it. I think a lot of people just put sudo in front of commands irrespective whether it works or not as a standard user. Quite s...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 2:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: Keyboard

If the PCs have built in bluetooth, they will work without a receiver if they are bluetooth keyboards. The Pi does not have bluetooth, it needs a receiver/dongle plugging into a USB port.
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: Keyboard

Specific models of keyboards, type of dongle (aka receiver), the OS the Pi is running, not your PC.
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 2:06 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub

It probably works with some hubs and not others irrespective of what version USB they support. My hub is plain old USB 2.0 which misbehaves on a A and works fine on a B.
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 835

Re: Keyboard

Some details would be helpful.

Which OS ?
Which Keyboard ?
How is it's 'dongle' connected ?
Have you tried SSHing into the Pi from another PC and querying whether it can see said dongle ?

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by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 1:39 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub

If its anything like mine, it will see the USB hub, it just won't see anything downstream of it.
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: fetchmail > /dev/null\
Replies: 9
Views: 1168

Re: fetchmail > /dev/null\

Joe Schmoe wrote:I think a lot of people get the impression (from reading the posts on this board) that if anything at all goes wrong with a command, putting "sudo" in front of it will fix it.
I think a lot of people just put sudo in front of commands irrespective whether it works or not as a standard user.
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 12:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: plug and play mini pc?is it possible?
Replies: 1
Views: 376

Re: plug and play mini pc?is it possible?

Presumably those prices are something other than American dollars. IMO, the Pi is far from a good candidate for a PC substitute. Too many limitations with using an ARM processor. The Pi is great fun and very useful in the right context, but I wouldn't extend it as far as being a viable desktop PC. I...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub
Replies: 7
Views: 1096

Re: Problems with keyboard and mouse through USB hub

From experience the A model Pis can be problematic with USB stuff, I have both an old A and the newer A+ they work identically to each other but entirely different to the same stuff plugged into a B/B+/2B . My A's won't work through my hub with my keyboard either but work fine with the keyboard plug...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Impossible to acces to Samba server
Replies: 6
Views: 1349

Re: Impossible to acces to Samba server

I wasn't going to suggest Weaved IoT because I don't think it will work for Samba. I also think it's an incredibly risky idea to open Samba ports to the public Internet if you expect your data to remain safe and your system to remain un-hacked/cracked/destroyed/turned into a spam spewing zombie. I'...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Impossible to acces to Samba server
Replies: 6
Views: 1349

Re: Impossible to acces to Samba server

It probably can't be done directly. The vast majority of mobile phone networks use NATted gateways and servers are aren't reachable from the outside world. Theres a service you can subcribe to too get around the problem, but I can't remember what it was. Where's Dougie when you need him ?
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 11:08 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Reinstall Raspbian
Replies: 3
Views: 1129

Re: Reinstall Raspbian

The easy answer is to use a new SD card, then theres no way it can behave like the old system. Using the Windoze disk imager software to install Raspdian SHOULD overwrite the entire SD card, but using Windoze tools to create Linux stuff is right up there with tying your shoelaces with a knife and fo...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 10:38 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)
Replies: 26
Views: 3646

Re: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)

Petomai wrote:I knew this was called the beginners thread for a reason but I didn't know that reason was to be hazed.
Don't take it personally, we're geeks and geeks love nothing better than showing off their prowess. (Largely compensatory behaviour because geeks don't tend to be great lovers........)
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)
Replies: 26
Views: 3646

Re: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)

Whoever put out that The Pi will run Windows 10 wants hanging by the thumbs..... Looks like a mod changed the title. The author of the thread can change the title by editting the first post in the thread. Nothing wrong with the Pi (I have 8 of 'em), fantastic lump of kit, but it will never make a de...
by pluggy
Wed May 20, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: Beginners
Topic: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)
Replies: 26
Views: 3646

Re: cannot install adobe flash (unsolvable)

Never heard of it. But windows 10 will be big. Anyway, I'm going to cancel the return, and try some more experimenting :P Thanks all for the info, how do I mark this as solved? Please can you point me to a Microsoft Statement which states Windows 10 Desktop Edition will be ported to the RPi ;) Actu...

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