This is a very interesting thread and would be super useful if my problem concerns a tv.
But it doesnt!? I got sick of my other family members not knowing about how rpi works and they seem
currently unwilling to learn! I wasnt about to stand for this due to them always switching it off at the wall
without proper poweroff and shutdown. So part of my solution was to move it to another room and run it as a plexmedia server for the entire household, which seems to be working fairly sweetly. trouble is on initial set up I needed a screen to see what I was doing as at the time I hadnt learnt how to ssh into it.
Anyway to cut a long story short I now have ssh putty on desktop with which I ssh into rpi and admin the system remotely (still within my home network, obviously) my question to you is now that I can ssh
is it really necessary to have the screen on (I bought a 5 inch lcd) if I leave the pi on permanently which was my original intention since I very first bought it, the screen stays on too and never sleeps, which to me seems very irrisponsible and wasteful of energy! So what I was thinking was either option 1:
Leave the lcd attached but figure out how to turn it off until further notice without it affecting the performance or the normal operation of the server and the system running on the rpi, and if ever needs be which I think probably never will happen, be able to send a command via ssh to turn it on again?!
Option 2: (And I dont know if this is actually possible, as Ive noticed sometimes this happens when pulling out other peripherals the rpi reboots!) Just remove the screen altogether, as I assume this is what one does in order to run it as a headless server? there must be a way I am sure I saw something on the web while browsing once about running headless server on rpi?? are there some prescribed measures that must be taken before and after removing lcd screen so as to do it with operational safety and health and safety (avoid electric shock) concerned about my kids! they have already noticed it sitting there looking like an innocent 5 inch (mobile screen)
I just want to do this properly?!
Any help would be hugely appreciated and apologies for replying to this old thread, cheers.
PS. I thought it would be helpful to mention that the external hdd connected to the pi and from which all the media files are served from is not self powered. I bought one of those 7 port usb hubs from the pi-hut to supply the required juice as they are mains powered, suffice to say it never got recognised by the pi or any other computer in our household for that matter, I should have returned it but never got round to it(real life gets in the way sometimes!) anyway I found a temp solution (Not ideal at all and probably the cause of the screen never sleeping!!???!!)
I have been using a tiny 4 port usb hub which I lost the psu adapter for, never mind - turns out my archos gmini 205 mains adapter supplies almost the right voltage to power the usb hub, and therefore power the connected external hdd, however I think it is too much voltage? And it was so long ago that I did all the configuration for plex and all that mount point nonsense and fuser bla bla that I just dont want to mess with replacing this botch job but at the same time the screen never sleeping is really really annoying even if I shutdown the pi and switch it off with the switch (yes I have one of those nice on/off switches for my pi) the screen remains on because of the usb hub continuing to supply power to the ext hdd and subsequently the rpi itself? so I had to resort to pulling the power to the usb hub everytime which when you are trying to run a server kind of defeats the point, you really dont even want to know its there, it should just be quietly serving from some corner of the room, doing what its supposed to do without making such a fuss over it!!!!!!! anyone know of any solutins to my dilemma (a recommended usb hub that is easy to use with rpi and plex would be the obvious solution I would have thought?? I dont want to use a different drive as this is a 1TB drive which has so many of my other NB files on it as well which I now ftp to and access from my desktop, so in actual fact it is a multipurpose server.
Also I have the Rpi rev 2 board with 1GB RAM not the original rpi) Thanks in advance for any help, cheers! sorry for being so long winded just thought I would provide as much detail as possible so we dont end up playing email or forum tennis!