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Fractaleyes last won the day on March 18 2017

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About Fractaleyes

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    Widely educated (convent, boarding school, grammar) lived in Sweden 5 years. Youngest of 5 siblings. Drug up as a catholic.
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    Swimming, 3D design, Reggae, elegance
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  1. The pi will run without a shell, but there's loads of suggestions out there in webland. I have seen some nice commercial cases too. The place to by is RS http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi. They are the official distributors. I'm not sure what the waiting list is now. Welcome to the pi world. It is a struggle to get some momentum going. You'll see something of my tribulations on the beginning thread. Cheers.
  2. Cheers. Yes, but I'm still struggling with the basics. Behind all of the practical nitty gritty of doing stuff to make the system do what you want in a useful way there is all the theory of programing and coding. All you literature will really help with that. Just at the moment I just want my pi to play an mp3 file! When I've completed that challenge I will feel as though I really have achieved something. In the GUI LXDE which is part of the native software on the SD card there is a music player, but I can't get it to play my reggae. I think I have finally found some stuff which will give me the necessary information. I'm going to put all of my information in a simple guide so that other uninitiated folks can get some practical stuff done, but first I've got to get my own head round it. more interesting links: http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/linux-tutorials-howtos-reference-material/64958-how-install-software-linux.html On my desktop PC I have loads of bookmarks which will prove to be helpful..... eventually (as Manuel from Barcelona ringing in my head often echoes). The other problem is that I can't spend more than a few minutes at a time fiddling without upsetting 'She who must be obeyed' (ref. see Rumpole of the Bailey, and She ~ Ursula Andress; otherwise a translation of Aisha). Talking of desktops, this one is rapidly approaching time for replacement; it is over five years old, and was budget even then. I really don't want to go to Windows 7 which to my mind fulfills the modern mantra of 'Style over content'. If I've got loads of processing power I want to use it, not waste it on stupid graphics which are totally unnecessary. I mean look at what they did to office. From 2007 onwards it it a complete dog's dinner. I can still use 97 thank god, where it does what I want it to, but they completely f***** up the menus now. Sorry for the rant. Catch you later.
  3. Since I started this thread I have been very frustrated by the amount of tech speak gets thrown around. Everyone assumes that we all know the same stuff and no real step by step information is given. For instance. How can I add new applications from within LXDE? No wait a minute, what is LXDE? Well here is some help if you are asking those questions. When you boot up the Pi and you get past raspberrypi login: (at the prompt ~ the flashing dash ~ you need to type in 'pi' press return and then type in 'raspberry') Then a line saying 'pi@raspberrypi:~$' will appear. If you then type 'startx' the pi will boot into LXDE, which if you are used to Windows will look much more comfortable. Well I consider myself to be relatively technical, but that is about as far as I've been able to get after much digging. I'm here to make your life much quicker (I hope). Meanwhile here is a bit more information which might do a bit of jargon busting: http://www.ghacks.net/2010/03/13/get-to-know-linux-shutdown-reboot-startx/
  4. Zag Thanks for this I'm sure there will be loads of people who find this really helpful!
  5. The Android development sounds good. I'm sure the diehards are seething! But the more accessability there is the better, just imagine all the things one could do. It'll encourage folks to develop stuff fo a whole load of different things; angry birds on the pi! Holiday beginning to wind up. Frustrating to have the had the opportunity to do a bit of work but unable to because of hardware failure. Still we've been to castles and markets and not too many family 'discussions'. Potentially I had been staring down the barrel of a nightmare. That's not to say there haven't been raised voices, 'cos there have been, but no blood shed ~ yet! Family restaurant meal tonight. Could still be Fractaleyes on toast, with lots of garlic etc. Saturday the long drive back. Cheers.
  6. Sat in France, set up the pi, plugged in logged in, and the keyboard 'G' and 'H' don't work. Aaagh. Ah well have to find something eles to do. Lets face it there is alot else to do, but I just thought if I had aq quiet moment, but no. C'est la vie!
  7. Thanks for the encouragement (I don't need much). I'm now the proud posessor of two pi (r2 ho ho) I submitted two e-mail addresses. I have to admit; I'm struggling but isn't that half the fun, and challenge isn't it? To start off with I can't get my mp3s to play on LXmusic. so I went down a new route; to get LibreOffice installed. Well it isn't easy. From inside LXDE it isn't obvious how to do an installation. So far the only thing I've really been able to do is use a different image on the desktop (oh wow!). I like to think that I'm relatively competent, but browsing various forums I'm lost. All of the information is gobbledegook. Working from the command line outside LXDE scares the raspberry out of me. Hey ho! I refuse to give up though. Here are some useful links I've found. When I've cracked it I intend to write an idiots guide, and I'm really well qualified for that. http://www.designspark.com/theme/raspberrypi http://www.designspark.com/content/raspberry-pi-non-expert-linux http://wiki.lxde.org/en/Main_Page alternative music player compiling??? http://aqualung.factorial.hu/compiling.html http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/how-do-you-install-tar-bz2-files-209557/ http://linuxhtpcguide.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/howto-add-custom-application-to.html
  8. Sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself. If you get this far: I hope you're enjoying yourself!
  9. Well I've been struggling (I would like to think manfully) with LXMusic for a couple of hours, but still nothing. I've seen various things on other forums, when I get to the bottom of it I will post an idiots guide. It is amusing to see how little in the way of explanation there is about. People that post information seem to assume that you have an equivalent level of experience as themselves. Ah well; In the land of fools who is the king?
  10. So, I'm up and running; plugged into my large sittingroom TV with the HDMI cable, I'm using the Linux visual interface, I'm on th internet (obviously). Great.However, I've been trying to get the installed media player LXMusic to play anything really, but so far no joy. I've got tracks into the #. Artist, Album, Title window / field, pressed play, and..... nothing. The position indicator doesn't move.I'ried accessing it in loads of ways, but no luck.Is it because I'm trying to play mp3s or what?
  11. I'd love to be getting my teeth into playing with my Pi, but I'm now at work, and once back home I have to contribute to the running of a household. Once the family is sorted tonight I've got an end of term choir social to attend so the poor sweetie will probably have to wait a bit longer still. On the other hand I'm just about to get a nice TV to plug into her (phnar phnar). If I didn't learn to put things like this off a bit I'd be a 20 stone single geek (not that I've got anything against that as a life choice; just less opportunity for a reach round).
  12. I never suggested that the british were the only ones or by any means the worst (we brits do have some pride ~ 4-0 in the cricket against the Aussies!). Incidentally my pi arrived today and it's great. Plugged into a 37 inch TV and begging to be fiddled with. I'm resisting though; imagine; deferment of pleasure?! Suits you Sir!
  13. This thread doesn't seem to be going anywhere so far. I have been writing some stuff which chronologies my strifes and musings. There's lots of useful links and advice. Take a look at 'Beginnings'. Some feedback would be nice, but I suppose I'm big enough to survive without.
  14. Found this on a search for HDMI to VGA on Amazon: [h=1]Neewer Black HDMI Input To VGA Adapter Converter For PC Laptop[/h] One of the reviews reads: I bought this to use with a Raspberry Pi and an old, but still good, LG Flatron L1510S LCD monitor. I imagine many Pi would like to make use of a similar old VGA panel and for £15 this converter is a cost effective solution. Using the Pi I have a very sharp display at 1024*768 60Hz, which I think is the maximum my VGA monitor can support. It took quite a long time to get the display to work but the problems were not really to do with the converter. Firstly, I found the HDMI plug on the converter a very snug fit in the HDMI socket of the Raspberry Pi (which is good), but initially I did not have it pushed fully home which meant of course that the monitor received no signal. Having worked that problem out I had to create a config.txt for the Pi. I found the following settings worked with my monitor: # Settings for Flatron VGA monitor # 1024 * 768 # Force HDMI signal even if monitor not detected hdmi_drive=2 hdmi_group=2 hdmi_mode=16 hdmi_force_hotplug=1 disable_overscan=0 hdmi_mode=16 is the display resolution at 1024 * 768. Full information is at[...]. Having discovered the correct config.txt settings the only further issue was that the screen kept blanking and the Ethernet controller kept going down. I found that the solution to these problems was to power the Pi from my laptop rather than the wallwart USB power supply I was using. The converter draws a significant amount of current from the HDMI port and in my case this appeared to exceed what could be obtained from my power supply. Powering from the laptop's USB cured the problem. So hopefully as well as a TV (or two) with an HDMI socket I'll be able to hook up a standard VGA monitor. 'Till later.
  15. Would you believe it. The electrickery just went down. I've packed her away for now, but this was a great start.

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