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Raspbmc iPlayer – Stream Already Playing Error

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

While using my Raspberry Pi with the Raspbmc OS the iPlayer add-on crashed and the only way to resolve the issue was a reboot of the Raspberry Pi.

However when I tried to run the iPlayer software again I kept on getting the error message

“Stream Already Playing, unable to open stream, to continue, stop all other streams (try pressing X)”

To correct this problem you need to click the “force release resume lock

The “force release resume lock” option is located by doing the following

From the main Raspbmc screen do the following

System Tab

Settings

Add-ons

Enabled Add-On’s

Video Add-On’s

iPlayer

Configure

Advanced

Click force release resume lock

After a while you should receive a message that the release has been succesful and iPlayer should start working correctly again.

 

 

Raspberry Pi Lego Rack Designs

July 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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A few people requested that we describe the design of our racks.

The truth is, each rack is slightly different and the final build is not the one we’d planned. A couple of reasons for this: we didn’t quite receive the Lego pieces we were expecting, and we had to tweak the designs to make things fit better. So this is a somewhat retrospective design document…

We have four racks containing 14 Raspberry Pi’s each, actually composed of two adjacent towers. In between the towers are two USB hubs. The design is such that the front provides access to the SD card slot and micro-USB power supply, so we can easily change SD cards and reset the Pi’s. We can also slide the Pi’s out, which is incredibly useful as we tend to be cannibalising Pi’s quite often, or else swapping them around for testing. The back of the racks…

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Create a arcade machine with a Raspberry Pi

June 16, 2013 2 comments

The team over at Adafruit Learning System have created a great guide for you to turn your raspberry pi in to a simple arcade machine with uses a real arcade joystick and arcade buttons for that 1980’s feel.

Take a look at the following guide to make your own Raspberry Pi arcade machine

http://learn.adafruit.com/retro-gaming-with-raspberry-pi

Check out this website to purchase a small arcade joystick used in the build

Small arcade joystick

and amazon supply some nice arcade buttons for the build

arcade buttons

See how to create a VPN server with the Raspberry Pi

May 19, 2013 1 comment

Raspberry'sTodays blog is using the Raspberry Pi to create your own VPN Server

The Raspberry Pi is an ideal VPN server as it is a low-power always-on computer

Check out the following link to see the guide created by LinuxUser & developer

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/create-a-vpn-with-the-raspberry-pi

Chameleon Pi – run emulators for old computers on Raspberry Pi

May 12, 2013 2 comments

Todays blog is about a distro called Chameleon Pi for Raspberry Pi that will allow you to run older software by the use of emulators

The chameleon pi is a Raspbian remix without the X graphical environment that uses its own launcher to run emulators for old computers, arcades and consoles such as the following

Taken from Chameleon Pi website the software emulates the following

Included emulators (current list):

  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum (FUSE and Unreal Speccy)
  • Oric 1
  • Oric Atmos
  • Apple ][
  • Commodore 64
  • Vic 20
  • ScummVM
  • DOS/Win 3.x
  • Mame
  • Amstrad CPC 464
  • Sinclair ZX81
  • Gameboy
  • SNes
  • Atari ST
  • Commodore PET
  • Atari 800

The Chameleon Pi main website can be found at the following link – http://chameleon.enging.com/

And the Distro can be downloaded at this link – http://chameleon.enging.com/?q=download

Please note that the files at the moment are only available in torrent format.

 

 

Checking the speed of your Raspberry Pi SD Card

April 21, 2013 3 comments

Note that if you do a  read/write test on volatile memory such as USB or SD Cards then you will lose the data on them.

Having just upgraded the SD card on my Raspberry Pi from 4Gb to a 16GB, I was shocked to find that I was now getting a blank screen when running the start x for a good five minutes before the Raspberry Pi desktop would appear.

So I decided to run a program called HD_Speed from the team over at SteelBytes it measures both sustained and burst data transfer rates of your hard disks, cd/dvd-roms, flash cards/sticks, floppys, etc. in a realtime graphical display

The 80KB utility does not require installation and runs with a click. Select the drive and hit start. The read/write results show up as a graph and also as real values.

Which can be downloaded from the following location – http://www.steelbytes.com/?mid=20

It turns out that even though the  SD card for the Raspberry Pi was larger than the my previous SD card it was also a lot slower so it looks like I have to purchase a new faster SD card.

Reference Sheet for Raspberry Pi (Debian) Commands

April 7, 2013 1 comment

Working with Microsoft software everyday I some times find it hard remember which Linux command does what and in what context it does it in when working with my Raspberry Pi.

So after a quick look round the internet I found a great reference sheet from the team over at Flosswire (Jacob Peddicord) who has put a long list of Debian commands to one sheet of A4 which can be printed off and kept for easy reference.

Take a look at the following link for the reference sheet

unixlinux-command-cheat-sheet

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