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Joe, we would have to know if the spec was at fault or if the manufacturer used the wrong part, before piling blame onto the designers... let alone burying them just because they are British.
If I come across as proud of our engineering and innovation companies it is, er, because I am.
In anticipation of a w/c 28-MAY shipping date I'm starting to think about peripherals. I will use an old USB keyboard and mouse initially (may upgrade to bluetooth & a USB bluetooth dongle later?), and an el-cheapo headset (3.5mm jack) for sound.
I'm very keen to keep costs down to a minimum on this project; the monitor that I would like to use only has a 15 pin VGA input; what would be the best way to get the Pi's video out in to my monitor? Is there such a thing as an HDMI to VGA converter? Or should I look for a Composite video to VGA lead?
Any ideas for which route would be OK quality-wise but cheap too? (AIUI the monitor has a max resolution of 1024x768@75Hz)
Would this do?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/S-VIDEO-ADAPTER ... pd_cp_ce_0
From the Raspberry Pi FAQ
Since that adaptor is the wrong way round it won't work.
A quick search found a HDMI output to VGA input adaptor at £40, so I guess they are expensive as mentioned in the FAQ. Cheaper to buy a second hand DVI monitor and HDMI - DVI adaptor
Ian - thanks for that. Very helpful. If I can possibly avoid spending £££ on a new (or old) monitor so much the better. I've dug out an old TV which has ...
Video input phono jack (yellow) and x2 audio (white and red)
Would this enable me to use a cheaper lead? Can I not connect the Pi's Composite video out port to the TV's S video in or the video input phono jack? I'm sure that I'll have a yellow RCA to yellow RCA video cable (from an old video camera) lying around somewhere.
Apols in advance for being a bit of a numpty
I'm going to wait till mine arrives to tinker with the plethora of leads, monitors, TV sets, etc in the workshop to find what will display. I'm sure something will fit!
Meanwhile, I went on the hunt for software. Two downloaded almost instantaneously - archlinuxarm-27-03-2012.zip and debian6-13-04-2012.zip
and while I was at it, I grabbed Raspberry-Pi-Schematics-R1.0.pdf
I don't know if I need RaspberryPi-Development-VM-v0.8.ova but it looked interesting so I decided to. It's 8.2GB and has been 14 hours downloading so far (albeit very slowly, so I suspect lots of people are doing the same). It reckons another 7 hours to go.
If anyone wants it and doesn't want to download it, send me a 16GB memory stick and I'll do the necessary.
Moderatio in omnibus
It's a tool to create a virtual machine for developing software for the Pi. It also allows data transfer between the Pi and the virtual machine.
The details I saw were a bit vague, but it seemed like something needed to do serious stuff with the Pi. I found the reference to it here.
There's also an expansion board for the Pi - called Gertboard. I'm going to hold off on that till I've got used to the basic device.
Moderatio in omnibus
I've downloaded the debian6-19-04-2012.zip, but no doubt it will be superseded by the time my Pi arrives; the schematic is waaaaay above my head, and I'll pass on the .ova for now.
Should we set up a competition for the first person to be able to successfully code
10 GOTO 10
EDITED TO ADD ... I even managed to run a successful SHA-1 Checksum test on the download. Ooh err, I've done one of them before
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