Oct 222012

I recently bought a 2 terabyte Goflex Home network drive to run as a media server and file server on our local home network. So I figured I’d see how to connect it to the Pi. After searching around various forums, I found a solution that worked. Over the weekend, someone on the Raspberry Pi forums asked how to do this, and so a new “How To” was born. Pre-requisites for Hooking up goflex drive the drive is already installed on your home network it’s fully up and running You have a userid and password […more…]

Sep 192012

Last week I published a blog and video of watching a DVD in Raspbian using omxplayer. At that time, as far as I could make out, nobody had managed to watch a commercial encrypted DVD, with the DVD drive attached to the Pi, but I figured it was only a matter of time. I ended that blog with… There is a way to watch encrypted DVDs in linux, but I haven’t sorted it out on my Pi yet. Hopefully a future video will detail that process. Well, I tried a few different things but was […more…]

Sep 142012
Play a DVD on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian, omxplayer and the MPEG2 codec

In the last week in August (2012), the Raspberry Pi Foundation started selling MPEG2 codec licenses for the Pi. Basically without this you can’t do anything worthwhile with MPEG2 – the DVD file format. Although it’s an old codec, a lot of people have media libraries with MPEG2 files in, and some TV is still broadcast in MPEG2. You can use this license code to unlock the hardware decode functionality (for MPEG2) of the Pi’s GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). The Pi’s GPU is 95% of the main chip. It’s a real powerhouse for its size. […more…]

Sep 092012
How to change the name of your Raspberry Pi - new hostname

Using two Pis at once I recently started using two Raspberry Pi’s on the same network. On top of that, I had a nicely developed and updated image of Raspbian, so I made an exact copy of the SD card for Pi #2. (see: how to backup an SD card image here | how to write an SD card here). But there were issues, and it took me some time to figure out why Pi #2 was crashing. Pi #1 (RS) is the one I’ve used since May. Pi #2 (Farnell) arrived a week later […more…]

Aug 102012
Where's my Pi? pifind - locate your missing raspberry pi

pifind.py A week or two ago, the illustrious Jim Manley ran a Raspberry Jam – a meeting of people interested in the Pi. Unfortunately someone walked off with his Raspberry Pi. A bunch of us were chewing over ideas, on the Raspberry Pi forums, for how to add security features to make it possible to locate a stolen Pi. The whole thing reminded me of a fabulous book I used to love as a kid: The Great Pie Robbery by Richard Scarry Except the pies in the book were cherry, not raspberry. Someone else (rurwin) […more…]

Jul 292012
How to Make a Raspberry Pi disk image to SD card with win32diskimager

Why do I need to know how to write a raspberry pi disk image to SD card with win32diskimager? Even if you bought a ready-prepared SD card with your Raspberry Pi, sooner or later a newer, better version of the operating system (OS) will be released. Unless you know how to make a bootable SD card from the downloaded OS image file, you won’t be able to take advantage of the improvements (and believe me, there will be lots of them as time progresses). There have already been three versions of Debian since I got […more…]

Jul 222012
How to back up your Raspberry Pi SD card

Why bother backing up your SD card? There is some new information (September 2016) concerning Raspbian images and methods of SD card flashing that may be useful to you. How to flash an SD card with >4GB files I had a difficult time getting the new Raspbian image up and running. That wasn’t because there was anything wrong with it. It was because I am in an unusual position. I’m away from base without my normal Samsung HDTV/monitor, and without ethernet, so I’ve been running my Pi “headless” via ssh and VNC, using wifi. I’d […more…]

Jul 202012
Get_iplayer installation on Raspberry Pi with Raspbian

Installing Get_iplayer on Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi Update 15 November 2016 Installing latest Get_iplayer instructions here… http://raspi.tv/2016/get_iplayer-on-raspberry-pi-update-november-2016 Update 5 November 2014 Installing latest Get_iplayer instructions here… http://raspi.tv/2014/get_iplayer-raspberry-pi-update Update 23 Jan 2013 Installing Get_iplayer just got a whole lot easier. Now all you have to do is type… sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install get-iplayer ffmpeg atomicparsley libmp3-info-perl You may still find some of the following information useful. I’ll leave it there anyway. ;) Original post Following on from my original two postings on get_iplayer, (for Debian Squeeze & wheezy distros for the Raspberry Pi), […more…]