Archive for August, 2012

Raspberry Pi can now decode MPEG-2 video

August 27, 2012 1 comment

In order to use Raspberry Pi as a cheap media player you have to install distributions such as Raspbmc or OpenElec.

The only problem is that this low cost board was primarily designed as an educational platform, so the Raspberry Pi foundation only paid for H.264 licensing, which meant you could not play back MPEG-2 Video due to licensing restrictions

But thanks to the raspberry pi foundation you can now purchase MPEG-2 license key by clicking on the link below which will take you to raspberry pi foundation website where you can purchase the license key.

MPEG-2 license key

You will need to provide your raspberry pi internal 16-digit serial number as part of your order.

In the GUI left click in the bottom left hand corner on the blue cross to display the options menu (Like the start button in windows)

Go up to “other” and then scroll down the list until you get to “terminal” and left click

You should now see the “terminal” window which is just like a cmd box in windows and enter the following command

cat /proc/cpuinfo

You will get the following

 pi@raspberrypi:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
 Processor       : ARMv6-compatible processor rev 7 (v6l)
 BogoMIPS        : 697.95
 Features        : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp java tls
 CPU implementer : 0x41
 CPU architecture: 7
 CPU variant     : 0x0
 CPU part        : 0xb76
 CPU revision    : 7

 Hardware        : BCM2708
 Revision        : 1000002
 Serial          : 000000000000000d

Raspberry Pi – Battery Pack and Solar Charger

August 26, 2012 1 comment

This is another case for your raspberry pi built by cottonpickersplace which has a built-in battery pack and solar charger enabling you to place your pi in a location where you can not get a mains supply to, all you need to do is supply a wireless usb adapter or a 3G usb modem and you can put your pi anywhere.

Includes the following features
* Switch so you don’t have to keep pulling the lead out to switch it off (but switching it off won’t stop the batteries being charged)
* Blue LED so you can see when the batteries are being charged by the sun
* USB Socket so you can charge other USB devices like phones. Add $5 or £3 if you need added Apple circuitry to charge ipods/phones/pads
* USB Lead, so in winter you can just plug the lead in to a USB socket to charge the batteries (won’t fully charge them this way) and run the pi when the batteries are flat and there’s no sun

Raspberry Pi Battery Pack and Solar Charger in action

Price Including postage: £24.99 to UK

You can purchase this case from the following location – Raspberry Pi Battery Pack and Solar Charger Ver 7


Categories: Raspberry pi, Technology

Raspberry pi – Turn your Raspberry pi into a media center using Raspbmc

August 19, 2012 1 comment

Turn your raspberry pi into a media center using Raspbmc, the simplistic yet powerful Raspberry Pi media center distribution.

This has the advantages that is dead-silent, costs pennies to operate, and still offers enough power to play HD content.

please note that because of hardware and licensing limitations it cannot play MPEG-2 format video

Raspbmc main screen

The raspberry pi image can be installed in two ways

1) The standard image transfer method used to copy the raspberry pi image to a sd card.

first download the image from the website

Download Link

and then following the instructions from my pervious post.

Raspberry pi – Initial setup instructions with pictures

2) Use raspbmc supplied windows installer to set up the image for you

The full instructions on how to use this software can be found here

Edit Raspberry pi settings in Raspbmc

Once installed you will be greeted with the Raspbmc screen show at the top of the post scroll along to programs in there will be a little program Raspbmc settings.

Raspberry pi – Access the CLI on pi remotely with putty

August 5, 2012 Leave a comment

*this method works with wheezy build but for squeeze builds you will need to enable the ssh services first*

How to enable ssh on raspberry pi

To be able to access the CLI (Command Line Interface on your pi remotely you will first need to install putty (a free to use telnet/ssh client) software on the system you are using to connect to your raspberry pi.

Putty can be downloaded from following location Download Link

(for windows you need to download putty.exe)

Double click on the putty.exe that you downloaded to start the Putty Configuration window

Putty Configuration Main Window

The host name or IP address box –  enter the IP address of your raspberry pi and leave the port as default and click open.

You may get Putty security Alert click yes

You should now see the Putty window asking for your login details – you will now have to put in the raspberry pi user name and password.

Once you entered the username and password you should now see the raspberry pi CLI (command line interface).

See how to turn your Raspberry pi into a budget bittorrent server

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

Found this great site which shows and gives you a script you can run on your raspberry pi to turn your raspberry pi into a budget bittorrent server
*I used nano rather than vi when working with the script as I find it easier to work with nano*


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