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by Tomo2k
Thu Jan 05, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: sales date?
Replies: 131
Views: 47449

Re: sales date?

<r>RaTTuS said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Wall Street Journal says that RasPi not on sale until mid 2012 and a waiting list of 10,000.<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-euro.....-for-2000/">http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-euro.....-for-2000/</URL><br/> <br/> <br/>...
by Tomo2k
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:38 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Audio/Sound Chip & Joystick Support
Replies: 9
Views: 2819

Re: Audio/Sound Chip & Joystick Support

<t>There will be a sound driver, my guess would be ALSA.<br/> <br/> Can anyone from the Foundation confirm which driver architecture is being used, eg in the mplayer demo?<br/> <br/> (Edit) - Turns out that I can't read: OpenMAX is already implemented for both Audio and Video playback acceleration, ...
by Tomo2k
Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HTPC with XBMC?
Replies: 5
Views: 2152

Re: HTPC with XBMC?

<r>sorvad said: <br/> <br/> <br/> obarthelemy said: <br/> <br/> <br/> 2 threads about this:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.raspberrypi.org/?pa.....#038;t=309">http://www.raspberrypi.org/?pa.....#038;t=309</URL><br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.raspberrypi.org/?pa.....#038;t=534">http://www.raspberry...
by Tomo2k
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Portable DVD Player converted into LCD monitor
Replies: 3
Views: 4581

Re: Portable DVD Player converted into LCD monitor

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Low video quality? Huh? Who told you that?<br/> <br/> <br/> I would guess the OP means "Low video quality" of the DVD player LCD itself.<br/> <br/> There's some loss of quality by using composite output as well – that tops out at 625i in PAL, and though the horizont...
by Tomo2k
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: GPIO -> Multiple Serial Ports (UART)
Replies: 25
Views: 57301

Re: GPIO -> Multiple Serial Ports (UART)

FTDI even have USB to quad-serial chips (FT4232), which gives you quite a lot of serial without needing a hub or anything.

- Interestingly it can do JTAG, SPI and I2C as well, which sounds rather cute.
by Tomo2k
Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:29 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Controlling a mains power socket switch? (home automation)
Replies: 174
Views: 61971

Re: Controlling a mains power socket switch? (home automation)

<t>The supermarket-sold ones will be proper CE marked, because it'll cost Tesco et al too much if they aren't up to spec.<br/> <br/> - The importer is legally liable to ensure it meets CE.<br/> <br/> eBay, less so, as eBay don't care and the reseller is effectively untraceable.<br/> <br/> - Seen qui...
by Tomo2k
Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: KMS?
Replies: 2
Views: 1843

Re: KMS?

VideoCore IV, as said in the Wiki and the FAQs.

You won't find much (any?) detailed info on Google because it's a Broadcom designed GPU, and like all GPU designers they are very careful of their secret sauce!
by Tomo2k
Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 15
Views: 6463

Re: Minecraft

Good point.

It supports OpenGL ES 2.0, and not the 'desktop' OpenGL.
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: sales date?
Replies: 131
Views: 47449

Re: sales date?

<t>netomx said: <br/> <br/> <br/> If Liz make a preorder list, with payments, maybe the server will not hog… maybe I can be the 1st one on the list <br/> <br/> <br/> It doesn't work like that!<br/> <br/> The moment they go on sale in any form, lots of people will try to purchase them – whether as a ...
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Powering peripherals?
Replies: 9
Views: 2628

Re: Powering peripherals?

Liz has already posted the RPi PSU schematics on the forum.

The GPIO 5v0 and 3v3 pins are directly connected to the 5v0 and 3v3 rails.

Thus, you can power the RPi from an expansion card over the GPIO 5v0 and Gnd pins, but you will need to provide your own protection.
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: RTC
Replies: 36
Views: 16549

Re: RTC

<t>Probably because it would cost ~$3 in parts, plus the extra board space needed which adds more cost.<br/> <br/> Maxim DS1338 is $1.12, plus crystal, coin cell holder and coin cell.<br/> <br/> (A supercap is about $5 alone, and usually requires manual soldering)<br/> <br/> The margin on this thing...
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:01 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: RaspberryPi + GPS
Replies: 20
Views: 12477

Re: RaspberryPi + GPS

<t>Perhaps oddly, USB GPS modules are available for lot less than Sparkfun charge, and around the same price as the bare chip from DIYdrones.<br/> <br/> I will be getting one of the Maplin 16 quid units, and perhaps ripping it to bits to bypass the USB link depending on what chipset I find inside. A...
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How much sales do you think will raspi make?
Replies: 66
Views: 12792

Re: How much sales do you think will raspi make?

<t>I don't think it matters all that much for the first batch.<br/> <br/> As I understand it, essentially the Foundation has enough cash to make one batch, and once the first batch are sold (hopefully at a small profit), they'll have the cash to immediately "hit the button" on a second batch, and pu...
by Tomo2k
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is Rpi the best for this?
Replies: 31
Views: 8644

Re: Is Rpi the best for this?

<t>Ampix0 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Well I do not want to give away too much, But I own a store where we sell a device that takes one type of data and emulates a keyboard to a computer to dump the data as text.<br/> <br/> <br/> Hang on, did you say that the "new" device should pretend to be a keyboard...
by Tomo2k
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 15
Views: 6463

Re: Minecraft

<t>Benedict White said: <br/> <br/> <br/> JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I'm no Minecraft expert, just had to look it up on Wikipedia, but looking at the graphics, and the fact in runs in JAVA, I reckon its not going to be playable on a Raspi without decent GPU acceleration, and I'm not sure it woul...
by Tomo2k
Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 15
Views: 6463

Re: Minecraft

<t>The PC version of Minecraft certainly used to struggle occasionally on >2GHz x86 machines, so I don"t think it is likely to be playable on a 700MHz ARMv6.<br/> <br/> - I understand that Mojang have made some efficiency improvements since I last played the 1.8 beta, so it will be a better proposit...
by Tomo2k
Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Can i use raspberry pi mainly for web browsing?
Replies: 62
Views: 26585

Re: Can i use raspberry pi mainly for web browsing?

Raspberry Pi is not an x86 device.

Thus it requires a lot more than Adobe Flash Player simply being in the repo – it has to be an ARM v6 version as well.

It's the same reason WINE will not work.
by Tomo2k
Sat Dec 31, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry pi robot
Replies: 3
Views: 2012

Re: Raspberry pi robot

<t>I'm very much with Gert here.<br/> <br/> (To be honest I find EMC and EMC2 frightening concepts – in my opinion that is quite simply Doing It Wrong.)<br/> <br/> Most of the power controllers we build use a secondary controller (FPGA/microcontroller/discrete analogue logic) to do the really timing...
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:03 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: NTP PPS
Replies: 285
Views: 128363

Re: NTP PPS

<t>k.elliott said: <br/> <br/> <br/> My question is, can the gpio pins be used for the pps signal?<br/> <br/> <br/> I see no reason why not – and good idea for a project, I may just do that as well!<br/> <br/> - Always wanted to try playing around with GPS a bit.<br/> <br/> The thing to watch out fo...
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: What I would like to see in a future version of Raspberry Pi...
Replies: 42
Views: 11823

Re: What I would like to see in a future version of Raspberry Pi...

<t>goos63 said: <br/> <br/> And most of all; standard wireless internet<br/> Why?<br/> <br/> I personally think that WiFi as standard would be a foolish idea, because it adds a lot of cost (chipset, board area, antenna, a lot more testing to meet CE later) for very little benefit.<br/> <br/> It's mu...
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Usb kvm?
Replies: 8
Views: 2705

Re: Usb kvm?

<t>Vindicator said: <br/> <br/> My KVM is not going to work with Raspi since it is VGA, the PS2 ports are not a problem as I have had no problems using adapters to convert usb to PS2<br/> Caution!<br/> <br/> Most PS/2 to USB adapters are just dumb connectors and rely on the keyboard or mouse actuall...
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:45 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: HDMI CEC support?
Replies: 2
Views: 1623

Re: HDMI CEC support?

According to the Wiki, yes. No drivers as yet.
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: VGA
Replies: 126
Views: 28394

Re: VGA

<t>paulglave said: <br/> <br/> <br/> So, all I need to use an RPi with a VGA monitor is a TV license then?<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> No. This thread got more than a bit derailed!<br/> <br/> Short answer: You don't. RPi does not support VGA monitors.<br/> <br/> Longer answer - it's possible but expensiv...
by Tomo2k
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: No OS news?
Replies: 87
Views: 24288

Re: No OS news?

<t>The site looks very overloaded to me, so patience please!<br/> <br/> Liz, Eben, JamesH, and the rest of the Foundation – I am astounded by your patience and hard work and am really looking forward to having one of these devices in my hands.<br/> <br/> Thank you very much, and keep up the good wor...
by Tomo2k
Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:55 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories
Replies: 24
Views: 10747

Re: D-sub/Vga Monitor Cables/ Accesories

<t>Mushroom_Lord said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It doesn't have HMDI, but DVI, which should pretty much flawlessly convert into HDMI, with the right cable, right? <br/> <br/> <br/> Correct, you only need a "dumb adapter" to convert between HDMI and DVI-D, as they are internally the same signal for the vide...

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