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by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: sd card required?
Replies: 21
Views: 6242

Re: sd card required?

All the information you need is here https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Se ... stallation.

Post back with more specific installation problems.
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is my ICQ
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: What is my ICQ

Seasons Greetings to Detroit from Dundee :D
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What is my ICQ
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: What is my ICQ

ICQ (I seek You), a fairly dated instant messaging service. If you don't have an ICQ account then leave it blank.
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1411

Re: Where to buy?

It is a very open computer. It has a full suite of software, either with the initial install or capabel of being added later, and all of it is free . A small correction, most of the software is free, certainly enough for your son to have a perfectly viable working computer, but there are exceptions...
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: sd card required?
Replies: 21
Views: 6242

Re: sd card required?

Another thing to consider is the validity of your SD card, many fakes are available (8Gb cards reputed to be 32Gb cards etc). Did you buy it from a reputable supplier?
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good games for a 10 year old?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: Good games for a 10 year old?

Thanks James, completely forgot about mame and now you've triggered memories of Interactive Fiction, I feel a few months of text adventures for me and hopefully several years of a pleasurable Pi experience for Natalie.
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good games for a 10 year old?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: Good games for a 10 year old?

She has one, I'm more interested in getting her excited about what she can eventually do with a Pi that isn't available with a tablet. Sure initially she'll use it for game playing but with a slow introduction she'll see there's much more to computers than games. Natalie is a clever girl and I just ...
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 1411

Re: Where to buy?

The Pi Hut https://thepihut.com/, but don't go for a B, it's showing it's age. Get your kid a 3B but budget for cables case Power supply etc (Pi's come only as a circuit board)
by wildfire
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Good games for a 10 year old?
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Good games for a 10 year old?

As I posted in another thread I'm buying my friends 10 year old daughter a Pi3B for Christmas, she's not into electronics or programming at the moment (that'll come later) but she does enjoy playing games on her Android tablet. The plan is to bring all the bits and bobs up and supervise while she pu...
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: power an usb hub
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: power an usb hub

ludo75 wrote:4
No such Pi model, maybe in a year or so. Seriously each Pi requires different power levels, A zero or A/B can probably live of a USB Hub, the 3B would likely draw current outwith USB specs.
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: power an usb hub
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: power an usb hub

Not a good idea, back feeding power via a hub could cause issues, use a proper PSU or a powerbank and leave the hub to worry about the devices connected to it.

After saying that, you don't mention which model of Pi you have.
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: battery in mAh needed for running rpi3 for an hour..?
Replies: 33
Views: 9923

Re: battery in mah needed for running rpi3 for an hour..?

FWIW I bought a 1800MaH power bank for £10 from the corner store, primarily planned to power a zero (a lot less power requirements) but it should be capable of powering your Pi3 for an hour or so.
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Update and upgrade question
Replies: 21
Views: 2944

Re: Update and upgrade question

robbes wrote:Use the newer
apt
command: saves wear and tear on your fingers and your keyboard, and gives you some nice progress bars.
Yep, it also makes more sense than apt-get -remove, why are you typing get to remove something???
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 3B powering a zero
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Pi 3B powering a zero

No explosions in Dundee, The zero is working powered by pi3 even with HDMI connected.

Thanks guys.
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Supply and Demand of Pi Zero's 12 months on?
Replies: 10
Views: 2101

Re: Supply and Demand of Pi Zero's 12 months on?

I'm under the impression that Pi's have now been streamlined down to just a couple of models and I thought maybe that would mean it was easier to get them now, I take it demand is still high? The Pi Zero is made solely by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, unlike other models. Ergo slim lining available ...
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 3B powering a zero
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Pi 3B powering a zero

Cheers, if you hear about a small explosion in Dundee you can rest in your laurels and say yeah I did that :D
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pi 3B powering a zero
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Pi 3B powering a zero

Is it safe to power a zero from a Pi 3B, I'm using an official 2.5 amp 5V supply for the 3 and other than HDMI WiFi Keyboard and mouse nothing else is connected, The Zero will have nothing at all connected. I'm just trying to save a wallwart.
by wildfire
Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Testing security on my Pi, will it make me a target?
Replies: 6
Views: 1038

Re: Testing security on my Pi, will it make me a target?

And change that username, even with a strong password you're already given the black hats half the information they need.
by wildfire
Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: As gift for 12 year old?
Replies: 24
Views: 5491

Re: As gift for 12 year old?

Buying my friends daughter (10 years) a Pi 3B for Christmas, She's not permitted to use the families computer in case she breaks it, but hey £30 quid or so she can tell mum and dad to F'Off. Be aware to buy a case keyboard & mouse as well as power supply and other cables, that £35 quid computer does...
by wildfire
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Just got a Pi Zero
Replies: 9
Views: 1717

Re: Just got a Pi Zero

The power lines are connected to both the power (PWR IN) and data (USB) ports, so you can power it from either Micro USB port, but you can only get data through the one closest to the HDMI port (PWR IN). To use the data port for power you would need an OTG adapter with power injection similar to th...
by wildfire
Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Just got a Pi Zero
Replies: 9
Views: 1717

Re: Just got a Pi Zero

DougieLawson wrote: 2. What sort of solder? Lead free or leaded?
http://www.rfcafe.com/references/electrical/solder.htm
Leaded, with flux, I'll take a peek at your link, BTW I've a Pi B a Pi 3B and now a zero (it's bleeping tiny) congrats to the Pi foundation, keep up the good work.
by wildfire
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Just got a Pi Zero
Replies: 9
Views: 1717

Re: Just got a Pi Zero

Thanks Doug. I feel safe plugging in now, I'll blow it up tomorrow :D
by wildfire
Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Just got a Pi Zero
Replies: 9
Views: 1717

Just got a Pi Zero

A couple of questions before I blow it up... 1) 2 USB connections, which one is for power or does it matter... Looking at the Zero is it the one furthest from HDMI or closest (again does it matter). 2) As well as acquiring the zero I also purchased a solder station, my first project is to solder on ...
by wildfire
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:58 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Finding config.txt
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: Finding config.txt

I stand corrected, I posted merely on my own experience which involves several VGA monitors with a singlen HDMI->VGA convertor and a couple of HDMI TV's and have never had to edit config files. However, as you suggest others experience may vary. I still suspect the adaptor though ;)
by wildfire
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Finding config.txt
Replies: 15
Views: 2078

Re: Finding config.txt

II read it somewhere that if you are using a VGA monitor then you need to edit that file You read false information, I switch my Pi's regularly between HDMI TV's and VGA monitors (via convertor) without having to change any settings. Are you sure it's a HDMI->VGA convertor you have, adaptors won't ...

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