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#1 2012-05-25 06:07:57

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A slice of Raspberry Pi

2012_05_25_12_51_17.jpg

Waiting for it for months smile


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#2 2012-05-25 06:45:10

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

my order still in queue...

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#3 2012-05-25 14:01:12

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Damn, that's awesome.  Grats!

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#4 2012-05-25 16:02:03

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Sigh.
So I guess its time to guess what it is.


T-shirt or other arch linux merchandise.

open-source linux tablet.

Complete collection of Debian install DVDs (only 8!)

Jusenkyo transformation water.

Death-ray.

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#5 2012-05-25 16:13:06

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

For the ones that can't read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi Model B

Raspberry-pi_2153834b.jpg


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#6 2012-05-25 23:56:40

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

It certainly is smile

The plan is to use it as a small server [Arch based!]

Will look for a case at some point


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#7 2012-05-26 02:55:53

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Many of us are very interested in your experiences with this wonderful little computer.

I know, I state the obvious all the time, but hey, we are who we are... wink

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#8 2012-05-26 07:10:46

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Well I graabed an 8gb sd card for OS, so figured I would load it up in my card reader. Nothing came up no sd* no mount nothing. Tried it  in my camera same thing.

Got my other half a cheap card reader for her camera so tried it in that, yay it mounted fine. Guess my old card reader does not support the high density cards.

For storage bought an 8gb micro usb drive you would not know it was there.

My HTC camera charging lead fits Pi so can power it either from my desktop or mains.

Once I get it running then hopefully I can give you some stats, specs and how well it performs.


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#9 2012-05-27 06:24:05

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Stuck depain on sd card for a test run, hooked up power and it booted.

But it is slow very very very slow, grass grows quicker.

At log in typed username and password dumped to prompt typed startx then waited....

Decided to stick Arch on the card and see how that goes.....


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#10 2012-05-27 11:07:24

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

...waiting in anticipation (patiently) for your results ?   smile

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#11 2012-05-31 01:53:42

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Arch image works out of the box, did add a swapfile [which is not recommended on sd card] reason is that some operations are painfully slow.

With limited ram I thought this was the way to go.

Booting takes ages...so after tweaking some boot option [namely moving a couple of config file] can now see what is slowing boot down [SWAP} and I have an ipv6 error.

Got X running of sorts but I want to run Pi as a small home server, set up lighttpd and port forwarding is up and running linked to no-ip address.

Still early days for Raspberry Pi still much work to do thinking that with more people buying units development will move at a greater pace.

Those Arch Linux Arm boys are overclocking Pi already!


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#12 2012-05-31 23:54:24

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

I got my raspberry yesterday, it was a fun toy for second but now i really don't have any good use for it. It's slow as hell.

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#13 2012-05-31 23:59:42

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

You got Arch running on it?


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#14 2012-06-01 00:01:47

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

No, i tried the Arch-arm image first but it didn't start(sha1 sums was correct etc..). The Debian image worked for me.

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#15 2012-06-01 00:13:30

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Arch image worked for me, much quicker... depain was very very slow

Even managed to overclock it smile

Going to use it as a small home server so will not need that much power.


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#16 2012-06-01 03:17:01

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Now i have Arch running, i was lucky and found a fix. I had to remove config.txt from /boot.

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#17 2012-06-01 04:55:09

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Can you post your free -m please.....


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#18 2012-06-01 07:46:30

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

>free -m
                   total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           121        117          3          0          7         61
-/+ buffers/cache:         48         73
Swap:            0          0          0

Here is a nice post related to Pi memory selector:

http://sirlagz.net/?p=437

edit: and a never version: http://sirlagz.net/?p=445

edit2:

I change to start.elf 192:

free -m
             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           184         28        156          0          4         13
-/+ buffers/cache:          9        174
Swap:            0          0          0

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#19 2012-06-01 10:31:01

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

[mrgreen@alarmpi ~]$ free -m
                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:           216         30        186          0          5         14
-/+ buffers/cache:         10        205
Swap:            0          0          0

You may have already found this,

'rename the file /boot/arm224start.elf to /boot/start.elf to get more ram'

Which is exactly the purpose of the script in your link, for me I need very low gpu memory [no X] so have opted for maximum ram

Booting is very slow at the moment think it was network issue [along the lines of ipv6 error not checked that yet]


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#20 2012-06-01 23:39:27

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Arch is much faster than Debian. I disabled ipv6 because i don't need it. Now i have sshd running with sshguard. Also I'm hosting a web2py server. Trying to think next project idea for the Pi..

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#21 2012-06-02 04:12:03

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

thanks for the stats so far. -looks fun.

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#22 2012-06-02 07:45:26

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Ordered mine last night and looking forward to getting it.  Needless to say I've been following this thread with great interest and appreciate you guys sharing what you have discovered so far.  Please continue the updates.


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#23 2012-06-02 09:13:55

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Seems you do need to get the right SD card, I did check the list of working cards on RB site but seems mine is running slow. Have been told to expect a boot time of 24 seconds. As opposed to mine at 24 minutes smile.

So going to try a different if smaller sd card.

One thing I noticed about Arch is that there is no entry for / in fstab weird!


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#24 2012-06-10 10:07:05

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Decided to hook up pi this morning, but pi would not boot... then keyboard did not work.... then I got no hdmi signal

Figured last update had screwed Arch so dd'ed another version onto a different sd card .... but nothing....

Started to think I had fried it!

Then I switched power supply and booted fine.

Never ever ever going to buy a cheap usb adaptor off amazon again


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#25 2012-06-10 18:34:07

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

What did you decide on for an SD card?


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#26 2012-06-10 23:55:04

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

I bought an 8gb card. [Kingston]

Most os images are 2gb in size so to use rest of space on card I used gparted to expand /


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#27 2012-06-13 01:32:41

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Mounting a usb drive [8gb] on Pi for nfs storage, have noticed transfers are a little slow [copying to pi] but that might be as its going via network...

I will see how transfers go to sd card [add a new nfs share]


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#28 2012-06-13 03:48:00

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

I'm currently using the Raspberry Pi as my main computer. Yesterday my motherboard went broken and now i have to wait new one. So i plugged my 24" monitor to Rpi. Currently using Arch-arm with 1920x1200 dwm. Browsing internet is little slow and specially youtube sucks. sad But I can code and do something useful instead playing Diablo 3. smile

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#29 2012-06-13 04:11:59

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Raspberry PI looks good. I'd love to use it to create my own kind of xbmc/roku/appletv/boxee box. But I plan to wait awhile till it becomes available in stores. Then I will pounce.

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#30 2012-10-03 06:35:29

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

once wrote:

my order still in queue...

hey guys, is Oct. still in queue...
but i had ordered Motorola Atrix 4G lapdock.

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#31 2012-10-06 18:49:16

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

That is so weird that it is taking so long to get.  I ordered mine in July and got it within a few weeks.  I ordered from Newark. 

I did noticed a few comments out there about glibc failures when updating.  ArchArm was a little behind, but the update that took down half of our x86 based installs finally hit the PI.  There is a newer image out there that has hard float built in for better performance.  They went full systemd with that image.


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#32 2012-10-06 23:33:23

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@mike4ca  After going through all the trouble of building an openbox system including fixing all the problems caused by update I'm really aprehensive about starting over with the new image.  My system is pretty fast now overclocked to 950 Mhz don't know how much more speed I would get with the new image plus, as you mentioned would have the full systemd.


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#33 2012-10-08 01:45:37

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

If someone is in hurry to get Rpi, i can sell mine. I got bored with it. smile

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#34 2012-10-08 02:13:08

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Sold mine about a month ago on ebay, just did not use it.. put the money towards extra ram smile


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#35 2012-10-12 07:31:51

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

once wrote:
once wrote:

my order still in queue...

hey guys, is Oct. still in queue...
but i had ordered Motorola Atrix 4G lapdock.

hey, i got it yesterday...test with RCA-TV boot well.

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#36 2012-10-12 16:35:51

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

I had a very specific goal for mine.  I wanted a small server.  I am running Arch Linux for Arm headless.  I have castget pulling in podcasts and torrents for video casts.  rtorrent handing the torrent stuff including seeding a few other projects that I like supporting (lightening up their server load).  And mini-dlna so I can watch and listen to what I have on my TV or any computer with VLC.

Next I want to add an external hard drive to store my movies and music so I can watch/listen to them through the mini-dlna (again on my TV or VLC).

I could have done this with an old desktop or laptop, but for the price having a low powered, silent, and small PI was just the thing.

I am getting an extra microSD card with a SD card "converter".  I might try the Bodhi (enlightment) version of Raspbian on that.  If I like it, I might get an extra to have as a "media center" for my TV.


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#37 2012-10-13 18:20:20

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

once wrote:
once wrote:
once wrote:

my order still in queue...

hey guys, is Oct. still in queue...
but i had ordered Motorola Atrix 4G lapdock.

hey, i got it yesterday...test with RCA-TV boot well.

banger, i have a problem...

archlinuxarm moved to systemd, not familiar with and dont like it, problem is i using arch pacman from linux beginning only.
with apt yum etc. all atranger, what shall i do?

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#38 2012-10-13 18:56:14

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@once
Not sure what you are asking.  I am sure that the archlinuxarm will continue to toe the systemd line, there seems to be universal support on their forums for systemd.  My experience is arch has been very unstable for me on the pi since they have gone that route.

Raspian which is the debian flavor built for the pi is very stable (I'm typing this on my atrix lapdoc on raspian).  The learning curve for apt-get is not bad and the pi/debian forums pretty helpful.

I heard bohdi has something for the pi.  I haven't tried it but I probably will.  That's the nice thing about the pi, for the price of a sd card you have another drive.

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#39 2012-10-13 19:17:30

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

thanks moravec

i'll try raspian, learn some about apt-get.

one question, my rpi is Rev.1 ver0003 (where F1 & F3 polyfuses are replaced with 0 ohm resistors and diode D14 is omitted), so dont need to cut 5V red line on usb cable when plug into lapdock, is that right?

now i waiting lapdock to come, meantime tune RCA-TV on it.

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#40 2012-10-13 22:36:22

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@once
If you are wiring the way I think you are wiring it, then yes you still want to cut the red power wire because you don't want any voltage in that connection.  The fuse fix was for items that required power, they dropped too much voltge.


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#41 2012-10-14 01:31:03

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

http://www.pibanglinux.org/
if archbang can not go on, another bang with openbox.

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#42 2012-10-14 06:44:24

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

It is based on debian.


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#43 2012-10-14 11:31:49

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@once
Thanks for the link I may try it.
  Right now my archbang system on my pi isn't rolling release anymore.  Lately my system is running along just fine until I upgrade which trashes my system so I have to restore my system from a backup.  I think I have narrowed it down to the new firmware upgrades and I wonder if my problems are due to not having the latest systemd image.  My choices seem to be 1. not upgrade for a while   2.  Start over and join the "dark side" with the new systemd image 3. Run openbox on another distro.

One good thing to come out of this is I wrote a script to make my backups and restores on my sd cards easier.  If anyone needs this kind of utility let me know and I can post it.


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#44 2012-10-15 03:41:35

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@moravec
can you share config.txt about atrix lapdoc on raspian, mine will come weekend.

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#45 2012-10-15 18:05:32

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@once

of course.

config.txt....

# uncomment if you get no picture on HDMI for a default "safe" mode
#hdmi_safe=1

# uncomment this if your display has a black border of unused pixels visible
# and your display can output without overscan
#disable_overscan=1

# uncomment the following to adjust overscan. Use positive numbers if console
# goes off screen, and negative if there is too much border
#overscan_left=16
#overscan_right=16
#overscan_top=16
#overscan_bottom=16

# uncomment to force a console size. By default it will be display's size minus
# overscan.
#framebuffer_width=1280
#framebuffer_height=720

# uncomment if hdmi display is not detected and composite is being output
#hdmi_force_hotplug=1

# uncomment to force a specific HDMI mode (this will force VGA)
#hdmi_group=1
#hdmi_mode=1

# uncomment to force a HDMI mode rather than DVI. This can make audio work in
# DMT (computer monitor) modes
hdmi_drive=2

# uncomment to increase signal to HDMI, if you have interference, blanking, or
# no display
#config_hdmi_boost=4

# uncomment for composite PAL
#sdtv_mode=2

#uncomment to overclock the arm. 700 MHz is the default.
#arm_freq=850

# for more options see http://elinux.org/RPi_config.txt
arm_freq=1000
sdram_freq=500
core_freq=500
over_voltage=6

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#46 2012-10-15 21:37:26

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@moravec

thanks, there is a big joke from Rpi fondation, people after months waiting and get it days then they announce 512 module same $35.

yep, its real life.

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#47 2012-10-15 22:25:32

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Saw that. hmm  Well if it is any conciliation, there will probably be a wait for the 512 module.


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#48 2012-11-03 05:50:13

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#49 2012-11-17 20:24:24

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

My PI is in retirement for now.  It was working great as a little home server but then I had a file system error on my root partition.  I then got rid of my ArchLinuxArm install and put on the Bodhi version (E17 on top of Raspbian).  I ran into a file system error again.  I am guessing it is my SD card.  But I don't really have the time to mess with it these days so I dug out an old laptop with a busted screen.  I am running it headless.  Not as energy efficient as the PI, but it has a built in UPS!


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#50 2012-11-18 14:39:23

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

@mike4ca  I got out of the ArchLinuxArm install too.  It seemed like everytime I updated it would crash on boot and wipe out my root partition.  I switched to pibang which is basically crunch bang for the pi with openbox display manager on a debian based system.  I crashed it too a couple times but then got the speeds in my config.txt right and it has been very stable ever since.  I may try ArchLinuxArm again with a faster (level  6 or above) sd card.

arm_freq=1050
core_freq=250
sdram_freq=400
over_voltage=6

One thing I have learned is sd cards are a lot flakier than hard drives so I back up quite a lot. smile


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#51 2012-12-17 15:28:08

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

Pi Store is coming, cool.

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#52 2014-09-04 05:24:56

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

web browser optimised for the Raspberry Pi.
http://blog.barisione.org/2014-09/rpi-browser/

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#53 2015-02-05 05:05:58

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Re: A slice of Raspberry Pi

new RPi2 coming, and Voidlinux supported, now will have a low-power quiet desktop.

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