Raspberry Pi Catch-All

I ordered two from Allied Electronics on the 20th of December and they came on the 4th of January. It was as easy as pi.

Totally easy!

Wow, that's a great scene.

Malor wrote:

Wow, that's a great scene.

I *must* qfmft this.

Dr.Ghastly wrote:
Malor wrote:

Wow, that's a great scene.

I *must* qfmft this.

Double qfmft'd.

Second post was better.

Anyone want to comment on the potential idiocy of me trying to power a raspberry pi from a usb cable plugged into a wall mount? My nice oem charger broke two days before the pi arrived.

Seth wrote:

Anyone want to comment on the potential idiocy of me trying to power a raspberry pi from a usb cable plugged into a wall mount? My nice oem charger broke two days before the pi arrived.

A wall mount? I don't know, I have a power bar thing that's connected to my desk that has USB outlets. It powered the pi just fine.

That's not idiocy, but you might want to check the amperage on the output. The Pi needs at least 700mA to work properly.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/260

Doesn't seem like that would be a problem as long as the wall mount provides the right amount of power. Something made for charging tablets should be good.

Two things are really important when trying to power the Pi. That you get 5v and that you have above the minimum required Amperage! They say 700ma is fine but I have heard that can be an issue if you plan on using everything on the device so you are better off finding something that can output at least 1amp minimum or higher. Unlike Voltage it's OK to have more amperage! So if you find a trustworthy 1.5 to 2 amp option go for it!

Yeah my pi will be my htpc and (if I can get it to work) will have an external hard drive attached to it while being connected to the network via a wired connection, so I am hunting for a 1amp or better power supply.

Of course that search is being run concurrently with the search for a system capable of formatting an sd card so I can put raspbmc on it. How did I get to 2013 without a single gadget that accepts an sd card?

Seth wrote:

Of course that search is being run concurrently with the search for a system capable of formatting an sd card so I can put raspbmc on it. How did I get to 2013 without a single gadget that accepts an sd card?

That's pretty amazing. Every laptop I've owned in the last 5 years has had an SD card slot. A lot of desktops I've seen as well. *shrug*

You can look for a SD to USB adapter, those are only a few bucks.

Seen this come up in a few guides that have linked to Amazon products:

AmazonBasics Wall Charger with USB Outlet (2.1 Amp Output) - $9.99

Seth wrote:

Yeah my pi will be my htpc and (if I can get it to work) will have an external hard drive attached to it while being connected to the network via a wired connection, so I am hunting for a 1amp or better power supply.

Of course that search is being run concurrently with the search for a system capable of formatting an sd card so I can put raspbmc on it. How did I get to 2013 without a single gadget that accepts an sd card?

Oh wow I totes didn't think about this. I have a card reader that can do vanilla SD but not the newer SDHC or SDXC cards.

Rykin wrote:
Seth wrote:

Yeah my pi will be my htpc and (if I can get it to work) will have an external hard drive attached to it while being connected to the network via a wired connection, so I am hunting for a 1amp or better power supply.

Of course that search is being run concurrently with the search for a system capable of formatting an sd card so I can put raspbmc on it. How did I get to 2013 without a single gadget that accepts an sd card?

Oh wow I totes didn't think about this. I have a card reader that can do vanilla SD but not the newer SDHC or SDXC cards.

I had an odd problem where the SD card reader I had purchased along with my PC worked fine when I first formatted my Pi's SD Card but a few weeks later, I started getting "Card is write protected" errors with the same reader. Drove me nuts until I finally fished out a USB SD card reader I had and figured out that my built-in SD card reader had gone bad. Might be useful to have a spare USB adapter anyway.

Here is one for $3. They don't cost much.

plavonica wrote:

Here is one for $3. They don't cost much.

But it's purple!!!

That's why it's $3.

Citizen86 wrote:
plavonica wrote:

Here is one for $3. They don't cost much.

But it's purple!!!

If you scroll down, you'll find there's a more manly black version available for 3.99 ;).

PS: Why do I feel like my post is ripe for OOCT?

There's not wireless on these right? I'm looking to start saving away for my next project (Automobile wifi media center using old androids as players or anything that can browse file shares really but android I'm guessing will be the best route) and looking for what to use as a server. I was thinking one of these or a Marvell plug computer.

No wireless, but you can use a USB wifi adapter

Eezy_Bordone wrote:

There's not wireless on these right? I'm looking to start saving away for my next project (Automobile wifi media center using old androids as players or anything that can browse file shares really but android I'm guessing will be the best route) and looking for what to use as a server. I was thinking one of these or a Marvell plug computer.

You have options

trueheart78 wrote:

You have options

Ah very nice, thank you.

EDit - I orded my Pi from element14 yesterday ($48 after tax/shipping), will let you know when it arrives to PacNW. I ordered the other stuff from Amazon to save on shipping (I'm prime). 58$ for this:
Car Adapter
Wall Adapter
USB power cable
Wifi
4GB SD Card
4 port hub More for setup than use in the car. All I want to do is run a samba share and use old android phones as clients/viewers.
Case

Thankfully, the only extra cash I've had to put towards my Pi was thankfully just a $6 HDMI to DVI cable. Been using it at the office as a system stays display for our servers (cooler purpose incoming, tho).

Eezy_Bordone wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:

You have options

Ah very nice, thank you.

Just a heads up, the most recent issue of Linux Format magazine actually has a few pages to setting up a Samba share on a Pi and accessing it via Android, etc.

trueheart78 wrote:

Just a heads up, the most recent issue of Linux Format magazine actually has a few pages to setting up a Samba share on a Pi and accessing it via Android, etc.

Dude thanks again!

Got everything but the car adapter (coming from HK) and the pi itself which is on back order from Element14 so no clue as to when it will show up.

Turn a Raspberry Pi Into an XBMC Media Center in Under 30 Minutes

I am putting this here so I can find the link when I am ready to do it.

Bought a pi to mess around with. Hoping to get working on making a rasberrypi powered coffee making complex.