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Raspberry pi+ slice of PI/o

A new branch of Maplins has opened in the town next door so I don’t have to make the 1 1/2 hr round trip anymore to get some electronics! 

Being its grand opening, I popped into get some Raspberry pi bits and walked out with the bits + a free catalogue and 1 GIG usb drive. 

One of the items I picked up was the Slice of Pi/o. I got the thing home, dug out the soldering iron and got to work. It was an easy affair to assemble however the software side was a pain to get working. The instructions were fine until I got to.

i2cdetect -y 1,

And got the dreaded

Could not open file 

Well, not alot is available on this issue and in the end, all I needed was to do the sudo halt and restart routine 3 times to get it to work!

So I got it running, now i just need to learn how to use the pi.

New psu.

Well after a visit to Maplins I found a new power supply.
code:L06BR is the only adapter sutable in the shop and its works, Way hay 19″ lcd instead of a crummy 14″tv.

Oh I found out how tho change the header pics and before anyone asks the images is copyright Adam “AJB2K3” Bryant 2007. permissiion to use it is refused as it is now part of google earth.

Well I’m on 8.10 and still got wifi isses ( constantly disconnecting) but I solved my speed issues.
By issueing pre-up iwconfig wlan0 rate 54M and restarting the networking my speed went form 24 to 54M, Now that one issue solved.

Kworld crap
Well got a Kworld tv/monitor adapter used in twice and its stopped working ! upon exploring I found the PSU adapter has literally blown ! several components on it have blown apart !!
I’ve tryed to contact Kworld but had no response and like with the noontec jobbie I’ve lost the receipt.
Oh and Yahoo geocities are terminating there free and pay web hosting so its time to go shopping for a new host.

Maplins Noontech Gigaview A50FW

Well Maplins are selling these @ £39.99 Maplins Noontech Gigaview A50FW
First thoughts are “ouu cheep media enclosure”, I snapped it up and headed for home.
Well anyway I popped open my laptop (Ubuntu 7.10) opened up my video folder and started dropping vids on to my MSDP and XD card.
I slapped them in the enclosure (1 @ a time) and tryed to play them,
hmn these psp formatted rips didn’t work,
Downloaded avi’s didn’t work
the only thing that worked was a .mov file.
Thinking “well that’s crap” I opened up DVD::RIP and transcoded a copy of FMP EPS1 to and mpg.
copied to xd card – Didn’t work, WTF?
copied to MSDP – worked but stuttered.
Copied to some 10.8 gig hd (9.8 formatted in fat 32)
Well that works ok, that will do for me next up mp3’s
Putting the cards back where they came from I slapped some tunes from a scooter album and stated playing them.
The unit has a built in equalizer type jobbie but it was very slow keeping up with the music.
Being curious about its working I pulled out the main board and starting looking at the chips.
The biggest chip I assume Is the main driver chip and has Power media V1.0 written on it.
After a bit of google I find absolutely nothing on the technical specs of this unit, So no chance of hacking it.
The old “you get what you pay for” speaks true for this unit,
Cheep aluminium case, crap gui and slow read/write on internal hd’s.
If this could be hacked I’m sure the bugs could be fixed how ever google does show 2 different version of this unit, one with a square button, one with a round button.
Ill play with this some more and test out the vob playback and the post some more comments.