Raspberry Pi

I bought a Raspberry Pi to act as a Media Server in the home. I bought a PI, case, SD card and power source. As ever here are my notes. Currently, getting started (or 1st boot), 1st customisations, and early days with the media browsers and XBMC/Kodi. I have BBC, ITV and YouTube working, Channel 4 is going to be very hard and so is Sky, since among other things since Silverlight is deprecated. I have given up, and bought a Roku stick. In addition to the challenges of getting all the channels I want, even v3 of the Pi struggles with iplayer HD; it might be the CPU, it might be the BT broadband plus speed but it’s too hard. I shall reconstruct the page and use comments, as one of the purposes of making a notes page was collecting the various web pages that helped me get to wherever I got. Continue reading “Raspberry Pi”

Dell Laptops, Summer 2013

Checking out another Dell for a friend.

I want a laptop and docking bay.

If a Dell, it needs to be a Latitude, they’re the only machines they ship with the old fashioned docking bay interface. We don’t want to connect a screen using USB and we want the machine to be closed while using the desktop periherals.

Here is the Dell E6530 configure page. Here is the docking station link. The laptop needs the E-Series Legacy Expansion Port added in the “Accessorize my Dell” section.

It also needs the O/S version upgraded to 64 bit. It comes without MS Office, soi this’ll need to be added. Wonder if the still do educational discounts, looks like not, since Office 365 seems about the same price.

Maybe the docking station isn’t worth it. Get a cheaper laptop, with a screen port, and buy a new screen with a newer interface standard.

How big is it, how much does it weigh?

Do Laptop Power sell docking stations?

Hitachi Travelstar disk,

Dan’s Dell Inspiron has a Hitachi Travelstar disk. Given that the computer won’t boot, it’s a bit tricky to recover the data.

I have inserted an Ubuntu Live CD into the CD player, and it still won’t boot. I have plugged an external screen into the VGA port, no go.

Questions

  • Do we need to fix the computer before we can recover the disk? Disking say they can read the disk and cut a DVD for us.

Answers

  • My colleague, Jim Barrett has lent me Magic Bridge II which is pretty awesome. I have recovered Danny’s disk, now onto Sue’s.

Links

ooOOOoo

It seems that USB to disk adapters are more common than I thought, I have added the Newertech and IOMEGA links to this page today. DFL 20 May 2011

BT Home Hub

On 13th July 2013, I upgraded to BT Infinity, and my HH was replaced with a V4 Hub. This page is completely outdated.

BT are the largest provider of broadband lines in the UK. They provide a hub/router as part of the package. This is was my bliki page detailing my use and knowledge about the hub, we’re talking V2. here. I cleaned the page up in March 2010, when I simplified the content on this page, mainly be shifting the Vista & Wifi stuff to “filesaveas.com”. Continue reading “BT Home Hub”

Replacing the Qube

It needs to be done, badly, has done for years, but is the DE bill an incentive to replace it with an appliance to act as a router/firewall etc. I am planning to move the internet facing services to a web hosting company’s server, but do I need something small and UNIXy.

Links

How would one perform the initial boot?

More or Less

I also wrote about the qube on my blog, originally at Sun and then latterly on my blog. The style is pretty pompous, but i suppose I’ve got to get used to it, that’s a bit of me.

I eventually had to get rid of it when both disks went in a couple of months. I eventually transferred the bliki to an AWS machine.

Centos 4.7

I built a Sun Virtual Box VM based on Centos 4.7. June 2009

1st Impressions

Its a long time since I used Red Hat. If you don’t want to cut CD’s use one of the single file .iso images. I used the DVD version.

When I tried to install it on my XP SP/3, the install process failed and rolled back. This trouble ticket, #3701 details how to fix the windows registry which was damaged at v2.2.0.

The Centos install process installs an SMP and uniprocessor version into GRUB and grub is configured to start the SMP version as default. This thread, entitled CentOS 4.7 guest won’t start, suggests that one should configure PAE/NX=on for the SMP image, which is not the default at V2.2.4. So I have set it and it works for me.

The above three items I posted to my Sun blog on 2nd July ’09

The screen resizing doesn’t work well out of the box but there’s a sticky thread called “Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions + Xorg config” in the Virtual Box Linux Guests forum.

There’s a sudo error. The default admin user is not authorised to use sudo. (See this at the Red Hat knowledge base.) One needs to unhash a line in the sudoers file and add the admin user to the sudoers group using visudo & usermod.

Locate needs updatedb run, but apropos works and I can’t find catman, even using apropos.

Shared Folders

Works as expected, define the share name in the GUI, install

# mount -t vboxsf sharename ${mountpoint}
# ls ${mountpoint}

then add the line to /etc/fstab and test using mount -a

# echo sharenamet ${mountpoint}t vboxsf >>/etc/fstab
# mount -a

Python 2.4

Looks like we need a parallel i.e. source code install and use the PATH statement to allow bzr and planet if necessary to utilise it. Certainly, bzr will not install against python 2.3. A shed load of the distro is written in 2.3. An upgrade would seem to be difficult and dangerous.

Dell Dimension 5150c

This was originally entitled “Our New XP Box”. I changed the title when I copied the snip across to WordPress in July 2013. I marked the snip as deprecated in June 2019, added a picture to remind me. Here are my notes; the tags give a pretty good idea of what I needed to write about. This was an XP system and I wrote about external devices, anti-virus, fax and video capture. Continue reading “Dell Dimension 5150c”

Audio on the Dell

Microphone

I tried to use the microphone to make video’s on the Dell and the sound track is inaudible. Sound Recorder also creats inaudible tracks. I have tried to discover how to audit the sound drivers. There is a Dell Community thread. 17th January 2009

I have just attempted to use both a Creative & Trust microphone on both the rear and front microphone ports of my Dimension 5150C & the Alienware. I am having zero success on the Dell. I bought a new labtec microphone and this works fine on the Dell.

CTMBHA.DLL

I get an intermittent error with CTMBHA.DLL on system boot. I have investigated this in the Dell forums and via google. This seems to be a ‘feature’.