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Raspberry Pi

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware' started by amusicsite, 19 Jun 2012.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I figured it would be good to set up a dedicated thread to talk about setting up and getting started with the raspberry pi.

    So to start with here are the things you need to get started...

    1) USB keyboard, some fancy ones seem to have problems.
    2) either an SD card with the OS preinstalled or an SD card and computer with access to a SD card reader.
    3) Monitor that can take HDMI or svideo TV/ monitor.
    4) micro USB cable and a good power source to plug it in to.

    That's about it.

    What to expect when you boot up.

    After streams of text you will be asked to log in. All the OS's have default names and passwords.

    Then you are dumped onto a command line...

    Don't expect to see a desktop boot up, well not yet anyway. I'm sure it will come.
     
  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I tried...

    Poke 35136,0
    Load ""

    But nothing happened, guess it's because there is no tape machine :p:
     
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  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Oh well, found out why they have pulled the fedora image from the Pi website. It's unstable :(

    Got it almost to boot into its GUI login screen. But would not log in.

    Will try out the debian release tomorrow hopefully.
     
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  4. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    I got a post from RS inviting me to order my Raspberry Pi, which I did :) Then it suggested a list of other stuff I needed to make it work similar to the OP. That doubled the price :thumbsdown: Mind you, it's still pretty cheap for a computer. They said it should arrive in the next nine weeks. I wonder what it's electrical consumption is like.
     
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    CD usr
    Ls
    Bin games include lib local sbin share src
    Ls games -l
    Total 0

    Sick puppies. Add a games folder with no games :p:

    Debian up and running, updated over shared Ethernet. Not got the wireless dongle working yet.
     
  6. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    List of things I've used so far with the pi to get it running.

    1) another computer
    2) SD card reader
    3) SD card
    4) micro USB cable and USB power adapter
    5) HDMI cable (I have used HDMI to HDMI and HDMI to dvi) just to try it I also tried out the svideo cable.
    6) Ethernet cable
    7) USB keyboard (and mouse)

    Managed to mount a USB drive today and copied what I hope will be the drivers for my small USB wireless adapter. Got to try compiling and installing it later.

    Tried out vi too, which if you don't know is the basic text editor you get with Unix based systems. I've forgotten all the commands though and they left the help files off the image...

    I've got too use to using terminal on gui's where you have a mouse and can copy/ paste names. The driver unpacked to a folder rtl819CU.9.35.65 bla bla bla. Which was a pig as thats rt (L) 8 (one) and the L and 1 look very similar. Also Linux is case sensitive.

    Getting back into this command line stuff. At first I was 'must get a GUI' now I'm feeling more 'must learn all the commands'. :p:

    I know quite a few but there is a lot I have not used much.

    P.s. Initial boot was about 20 mins, after that it boots up quite quick. :thumbsup:
     
  7. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  8. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    What are you running??
     
  9. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  10. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    The Debian image has a gui just type startx when you are logged in
     
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  11. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  12. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

  13. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  14. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    nope, I keep screwing the install!
     
  15. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Oh well, I'm fairly sure I have the right drivers, although just seen there is a newer one, but I can't get my Edimax EW-7811UN wireless dongle to work. It could be a power issue. Maybe I'll try and get a powered USB hub tomorrow. I think it might be the Apple keyboard with USB hub draining too much power. Maybe I'll look into getting a dumb keyboard too. Though the idea is really to get the wireless set up and the remote into it from my phone so I don't need a keyboard, mouse or screen.

    Still had a good day. Got my head around the /dev/ folder, /boot and found, thanks to rusty, that it does have a GUI. Though I still want to use it mainly without, at least to start with.
     
  16. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

  17. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    No, VNC I want to be able to run software with a graphical interface too. :wink:
     
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  18. rusky

    rusky Staff Member

    I couldn't get mine to completely load Debian with my Apple keyboard connected!
     
  19. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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    I've finally got all the peripherals and plugged them all in. I actually asked for a chip with the O/S already installed. As a substitute for a PC, it is 5h1t. My heart sank when I saw it had Midori installed as the web browser. It's really slow and it won't let me post anything.
     
  20. Yellow Fang

    Yellow Fang Veteran Geek

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