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by maddogdave
Sun May 19, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: disable_camera_led no longer working
Replies: 3
Views: 1815

Re: disable_camera_led no longer working

Tried the software solution and it didn't work for me - so have taken the blu tak option too until the software fix is updated. I'm sure there will be plenty of tweaks & features in the future once a few more of us have our hands on the camera. (Such as the hf being reversed by default for one examp...
by maddogdave
Thu May 16, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: Camera board
Topic: Any in UK get there's from CPC ?
Replies: 37
Views: 8909

Re: Any in UK get there's from CPC ?

Same here. Squashed box through the letterbox but contents ok. CPC / Farnell don't seem to have the same packaging budget as RS. But at least they have stock and have shipped orders which is the important thing right now.
by maddogdave
Wed May 15, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: Documention?
Replies: 4
Views: 1461

Re: Documention?

Thanks Mike for the rtf copy of the documentation.
by maddogdave
Wed May 15, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: Camera board
Topic: How do you wrap/encode the .h264 video files into mp4
Replies: 14
Views: 13175

Re: How do you wrap/encode the .h264 video files into mp4

Just used vlc player on my PC (which plays the files) and selected the stream / convert option. Gave the clip a new filename ending in .mp4 and it will now open in other players.
Also tried 'Handbrake' software which failed to convert the file.
by maddogdave
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:28 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Simple question, just want to make sure i dont blow up my Pi
Replies: 22
Views: 8596

Re: Simple question, just want to make sure i dont blow up m

I have been using the Belkin F5U404-BLK hubs (purchased from Tesco last year) and these work fine with no backfeed. I've just bought two more of the same model from the same store, but the design and casing / labelling is slightly different and these do give a backfeed. So Belkin have altered their ...
by maddogdave
Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Model A now available !
Replies: 28
Views: 5346

Re: Raspberry Pi Model A now available !

Fiberglass strands on the edge of my new Model A PCB. Anyone else have a board with a similar rough edge. Not a problem for me, and easily fixed but may be an issue with these ending up in schools and being handled by kids. Tiny fiberglass strands can be an irritant. Ordered the Model A yesterday ev...
by maddogdave
Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc & HD44780 LCD
Replies: 6
Views: 3967

Re: Raspbmc & HD44780 LCD

Thanks for the tip. The problem is that the character string and the degrees symbol used is embedded in the code within XBMC (I assume) used to give CPUTemp. In python I've managed to strip / add characters to create the text string I want on the LCD display using the degrees character rather than a...
by maddogdave
Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: New IT (UK) Supplier
Replies: 178
Views: 31522

Re: New IT (UK) Supplier

Let me add myself to the list of happy customers. However, I noticed that the modmypi case that I added to my order didn't have a good fit as well. After a bit of searching around, I discovered that these cases should come with a set of nuts and screws to secure the rev. 2 boards to the case (see n...
by maddogdave
Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: Media centres
Topic: Raspbmc & HD44780 LCD
Replies: 6
Views: 3967

Re: Raspbmc & HD44780 LCD

Using this with a few amendments to the text file to display CPUTemperature and IP Address when under some of the menus in XBMC. But the degrees symbol is the wrong character. Anyone know whether this is configured in a file that can be altered easily. The degrees symbol requires changing from Chr22...
by maddogdave
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:14 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: HD44780 on Raspberry
Replies: 3
Views: 2313

Re: HD44780 on Raspberry

I've used both of the above links and must say thanks to those that have put in the time and effort to give us simple step by step instructions and diagrams to get the displays up and running. I've managed to edit the raspberry-spy codes to try a few time / date and CPU temperature display options f...
by maddogdave
Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:50 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Beginners help required to varify downloaded OS
Replies: 14
Views: 4292

Re: Beginners help required to varify downloaded OS

The sha1sum check on a downloaded image confused me at first as I was checking the unzipped file rather than the zipped one - the instructions didn't give detail on this. I've had mine for a while now and can confirm that the Raspberry Pi is a great device. Software is still in its infancy of develo...
by maddogdave
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RS USB Hub - Beware - Non Powered
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

RS USB Hub - Beware - Non Powered

For those ordering via RS, the USB hub shown on the web page is a non powered hub. Please be aware of this as most users have required a powered hub (and a powered one is recommended). Farnell are showing powered hubs and there are many other inexpensive hubs available. Hopefully RS will update the ...
by maddogdave
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Tenda WiFi Dongle - Trying to get Internet Access
Replies: 13
Views: 9662

Re: Tenda WiFi Dongle - Trying to get Internet Access

Just a note to say that these instructions have helped me in getting connected and test out 2 other dongles containing Ralink chips. There are lots of posts on the forum regarding wireless, and the instructions here were the simplest I've found, and the only ones that have worked for me so far. Othe...
by maddogdave
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: rj45 Wi-fi not usb
Replies: 17
Views: 4612

Re: rj45 Wi-fi not usb

I've also been looking into wireless connections using spare equipment I already have rather than buy new, also to see what I can get to work. There's a lot of posts on wireless dongles and luckily the ones I have appear to work for some (but not yet for me). Ultimately I will probably stick to a wi...
by maddogdave
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Not happy, I've been charged twice
Replies: 14
Views: 3328

Re: Not happy, I've been charged twice

In the UK Farnell did take orders with card details (and gave an estimated delivery date), but with RS you just registered an interest and were invited to order once they knew supplies were available (for me it was approx 3 weeks before the delivery date). However, Farnell didn't bill until the unit...
by maddogdave
Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Where to get power supply UK?
Replies: 6
Views: 2313

Re: Where to get power supply UK?

I'm using a Masterplug single USB 1.0A PSU purchased at Sainsbury and it works well. Sainsbury have their own brand which looks identical and is slightly cheaper but I've not tried one. A similar Masterplug black coloured one is on Screwfix (Sainsbury sell the white ones). http://www.screwfix.com/p/...
by maddogdave
Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: libreoffice - how to install?
Replies: 23
Views: 17180

Re: libreoffice - how to install?

I've not tried installing that version, but the similar OpenOffice is available and will work. But don't expect it to speed through any complex spreadsheets. Link below is the general guide, there is a post on one of the other wiki pages about openoffice which is where I got the information from ori...
by maddogdave
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: Puppy
Topic: PARM Puppy on ARM
Replies: 25
Views: 17407

Re: PARM Puppy on ARM

In agreement with the previous comment having tried running Puppy from a USB stick on my Netbook whilst waiting for the Raspberry Pi. It's certainly a speedy OS. I've just downloaded Barry's test release and got it up and running on a 4GB Sandisk card without problems. Just a note for anyone downloa...
by maddogdave
Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400: Does it work for you?
Replies: 97
Views: 118899

Re: Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400: Does it work for

Works for me in Debian & XBMC. Sometimes sticky keys (whether via hub or direct), so I've left it connected direct. Sometimes slow response / misses the 'mouse click' but this could be due to the CPU working overtime in these early software releases. So it's a 'yes it works' for the hardware and the...
by maddogdave
Thu May 03, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Checksum Question
Replies: 15
Views: 2796

Re: Checksum Question

<t>I was having exactly the same problem.  Tried a number of different downloads and the sha1 file was always the same but didn't match the download page.  Still on countdown for receiving my Raspberry Pi so thought I would get an image ready.  The code I get for the latest image matches the .img.sh...
by maddogdave
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Is normal Debian a good start if you have no Pi yet?
Replies: 9
Views: 5208

Re: Is normal Debian a good start if you have no Pi yet?

<t>As a newcomer myself I have also spent time loading bootable images of a number of variants to get a feel for the various flavours and trying these out on a laptop & netbook, whilst waiting for my Raspberry Pi. The difference in speed on my netbook using a cut down version such as Lucid Puppy...

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