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  1. Folks, I bought a 3.2 inch display and downloaded the drivers/image. Not exactly a "professional" way of doing it, but the options were somewhat limited. It boots, and the display works. No worries, but it seems to be "stuck" at that point. In the PDF file it is said I can switch to the HDMI output with: HDMI-SYS-SHOW And switch back to the 3.2 display with: LCD32-SYS-SHOW It goes on to say it will take a few minutes to load the drivers. I have tried a couple of times and it doesn't seem to work. Ok, I may not be waiting long enough. But here is the real problem with which I face: SUDO APT-GET UPDATE takes about 15 hours (if lucky) and fails. Stupid me hasn't made a log so I am not sure why. On the 3.2 inch screen it is somewhat difficult. Then: SUDO APT-GET UPGRADE Well, I gave up after 36 hours. It seemed to be stuck on wolf farm....... 10% and it was on for 36 hours. I don't think it is going to work. My ADSL is ok, and I can get faster speeds for watching videos etc, but the downloads are coming in at less than DIALUP speeds! I want to get things UP TO DATE before I try all this again. So when I get it all "up to spec" I will make an image of the card and work from there. But for now, I have basically nothing other than the image supplied with the display.
  2. Help. Background: My PI is STATIC IP. It works/worked on my LAN. I took it somewhere to get a bit of help getting it set up as a NAS device. Of course their network was DYNAMIC - or at lest not compatible with the settings I had. I didn't fret on what was done as the person was helping me and we needed network access. We got the initial problem fixed and all was good. I got home and now I can't browse or PING any URL. Eg: google.com But if I PING it works. /etc/resolve.config has the correct nameserver addresses. They work by virtue that the PC is working ok with those as the name servers. Thing is: It used to work, now it won't. I edited the nameserver enteries to and it worked...... Go figure. Anyone? P.S. The /etc/interface/networks is as it was. It is set for STATIC IP.
  3. Sorry for the ambiguous topic. When my PI boots I see this error on the screen: GDBus.Error.org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1 error failted. An authentication agent already exists for this given subject. Sorry if there are spelling mistakes. I was trying to type it from the screen. I can't seem to attach a file.
  4. Well here is an update - well overdue I may add. I finally got time to try what you said. Amazingly it mounted itself automatically. It popped up a little requester asking me if I wanted to browse it. I clicked ok, and voila! It was accessible! But I don't know its "name". I don't know the command to list "available discs". Shall dig around ITMT, but may need help with that. Well it seems to be called sada and it is accessible from the "file explorer". I haven't tried reading/writing files, but I can browse quite happily. I guess things are looking good. But I may need a bit of help getting to step 2 - or even knowing what that is. I have deluge installed - I hope. Do I use tinyvnc or the deluge program to talk to it? Gotta do some more reading. Further update: I have it working! Woo Hoo! But I haven't started any torrents yet. I am a bit stuck in how to specify WHERE it puts the files - like on the USB drive rather than .......?
  5. To be honest, I have done nothing since. I am "stuck" with mounting the USB sticks. Once over that step, I can move to the next phase. But until then, I am stuck.
  6. If this is still being looked at..... Saw this advertised on ebay. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3-6-inch-TFT-LCD-Display-Touch-Screen-Sain-Smart-for-Raspberry-Pi-B-Plug-Play-/141648033077?_trksid=p2054897.l4275 I am not saying this is THE ONE, but either this or similar. I am not sure if it is for the B or B+, or both. If this "plugs onto" the PI, it would be nice. Thoughts?
  7. Thanks. Yes, I am new to Linux. I have a bit of an idea, I use to use an Amiga and it has similar files but it has been too long to use it as a base line. I mentioned VNC only because I had it installed on an earlier version and it allowed me to look at the PI on my windoze machine. Maybe not the correct use of the word "headless" but I thought that meant with no local keyboard and display, which is what is will be doing. So: Now do I mount the USB sticks? I appreciate the MOUNT command, but the extras which go at the end are way different. Getting my head around all those things can be a bit overwhelming for someone like me with little/no experience in LINUX. Thanks.
  8. Hi again folks. My second PI is the newer one with the 4 USB Ports. This is because I am wanting to set it up to download torrents and the two extra ports would give more space to save files. I don't know the vocabulary so I am inundated when people speel off the commands, which I don't understand. How do I mount the USB sticks? Also to allow me to run it headless, I have installed tightvnc but can't remember how to make it auto start when it boots. Would someone please help me with this too? On a bit of an off topic: I have a C++ book for dummies, but that doesn't really help me with the PI. (more for Arduino) Which "language" does the PI's OS use? UBUNTU? So I can learn how to add/edit auto start programs, etc. Help appreciated.
  9. Folks, I am a "noob" as by name says. I have one with the 2 USB ports and have installed XMBC. I installed one version and it didn't work/install, so I tried another one and it installed. I have it working as in I can see things, explore network drives and view pictures. Playing AVI or MPG files: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. It just starts to load and then nothing. Luckily it hasn't hung. I can exit out of the play, but I am really stumped to what is going on. I have a printed file of how to install the VNC program so I can run it from the PC, but just for setting things set up now and then. I appreciate running the VNC isn't a good idea for XMBC but as I said..... Sorry I don't have the XMBC version as it is not often used as it doesn't play videos, so there is little point. Oh, P.S.: The original one (I think raspbian) could get the weather add on working, but the new version says the add on is NOT COMPATIBLE. I shall try to find the time to get the version for my next post. But I hope someone can help me. P.P.S. I think it is debian XMBC. Dunno. Sorry as I said, I am new to this world and vocabulary.
  10. Update: The "INSTRUCTIONS" given and what really needed to be done ARE different! Fixed that problem, but now I have noticed there is no USB power. So the mouse/keyboard don't "work" - funny that. The screen is working and I am asked which OS I want to install..... But as I can't select any and press "go" it is a bit of a sticking point.
  11. Folks, I know I am way behing with getting the new one, but now I have. Got the micro SD card, coppied the files as needed and booted it. "I need network connection" Ooops! Forgot that that! Quickly grabbed my Cat5 cable and plugged it in the Pi. N O T H I N G ! I notice the new one has LEDs on the RJ45 connector. They aren't glowing. HELP! Tried a couple of cables, a couple of sockets. NADA!
  12. oldcity, Yes, I agree. But please understand: I am up to my eyeballs in this. I am playing with this, and arduino and other things. Each with their own "vocabulary". As these two are not my main/primary one/s, I get voids in what command to use to get "help". So: Granted MAN works, but remembering that command is somewhat difficult. Anyway, thanks. I am now slightly smarter than I was before. Still need to test it. (ofcourse, it would be nice to learn also what "changed" to make it not shut down too.)
  13. Thanks. Shall try. Shall research the command also. Dumb question, but for us "noobs": sudo - "SUperUserDo" shutdown - (ok, obvious) now - well that is when the machine is to shut down. But what does the -h do/mean?
  14. Folks, This is a curve ball for me. Until now: After playing with the Pi - which wasn't that often - I did a SUDO SHUTDOWN NOW and it shut down. The other night I was doing work on getting the HDMI resolution correct. (Now good) and so was done with that and wanted to shut down. Exited out of "startx" and did the usual command. ROOT ACCOUNT LOCKED - or something like that. It won't shut down. Sorry I don't have EXACT details. It happened last night and it is the next mornining. I have kind of just got up and am wanting to post this before I forget to. (Gold fish brain syndrome I believe it is called.) Can anyone help?

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