Questions relating to the physical components that the Raspberry Pi consists of.

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MPU6050 Python Library

I would like to use my MPU6050 gyro/accelerometer in some projects but I can't find a good library. I would prefer it to be in python but can deal with cpp. I want something to where I can do a simple ...
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Is it possible to build a Raspberry Pi yourself?

As covered in this question, the Raspberry Pi isn't open source. However, if one were to manually buy all the components on the board and solder them in an identical manner, what further steps would ...
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Safe operating parameters for GPIO pins

Recently I have started using the GPIO pins more frequently and am a little bit wary of frying them. I read an article here about 10 ways to fry an Arduino. Since the pi has 3.3v logic and I believe ...
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Compute module 2D Drawings (dimensions)?

I'm designing a case for the Raspberry Pi compute module case with the default PCB from Element 14 , and can't find the dimensions or 2D drawings anywhere. Does anyone here know where to get them?
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Real Time Clock Module Will it fry my pi?

I bought this RTC module on ebay for pennies. I initially bought it for the arduino but now I would like to use it with the pi. However, I know that in some cases you need logic level converters to ...
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GUI on HDMI monitor doesn't work after installing the LCD display drivers

After installing the LCD display drivers, I cannot start GUI on external monitor connected via HDMI. A solution to this problem will probably be a solution to a more general issue I have. So, is ...
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What bare minimum knowledge should I know before working with hardware on the Raspberry Pi?

I already have a RaspberryPi2 - and I've used it in a number of very basic software projects (My background is primarily in software development), but I'm getting more ambitious and find myself ...
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How to make an external monitor working while lcd display is connected? [duplicate]

I have a touchscreen lcd display connected to Raspberry PI 2. Everything works fine: os is booting etc. If I connect an external monitor via hdmi, I get some output on the monitor and some output ...
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White screen on touchscreen display

I connected my 3.5" touchscreen display to the raspberry and nothing appears on it. When I start the raspberry, only the white screen appears and doesn't disappear. However, connecting an external ...
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How many devices can connect to this Wireless USB Adapter on Raspberry Pi?

I want to create a WiFi hotspot(access point) using Raspberry Pi. This is for my college project and I wanted to know how many devices can simultaneously access the WiFi hotspot on Raspberry Pi. I ...
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Acer Aspire 5733 (laptop) LCD screen to raspberry pi [duplicate]

I have an acer aspire 5733 I can no longer use, I want to connect the lcd screen to raspberry pi. How can i do it? I want cheep answers. Thank you
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How to send data back and forth between the Pi and a C# application on a Windows PC

I want to connect the Raspberry Pi to a few sensors and motors and then control it via a C# application I have written. After it has carried out the operation I want the Pi to send back data from the ...
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Motors have stopped working

I was building a model car, and had 4 motors connected to a h bridge. Everything was working exactly as planned, the car was fully operational, but after a day I ran the program again and some of the ...
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Wireless Reed Sensors

I want to connect a Raspberry Pi wirelessly to 2 read sensors, and Sensor - Reed Switch XRF development sensor - RS and Slice of Radio - Wireless RF Transceiver for the Raspberry Pi look like what I ...
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How to measure the distance from pi NOIR CAMERA MODULE and the object

i need to measure the distance between the pi camera module and the object , i've found this formula distance to object (mm) = focal length (mm) * real height of the object (mm) * image height ...
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Connecting an Apple mouse and keyboard to Model B+

I have been given a new Model B+ for Fathers Day. I have connected the computer but my keyboard/mouse that I use with my Mac computer will not work with the PI Do I need a new keyboard/mouse to use ...
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How can I make my raspberry PI like the one that was sent into space?

I am wondering what external hardware it would take to send my raspberry pi into the stratosphere like the two people from Britain who sent theirs up in a weather balloon. I would like to know, how I ...
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How to achieve Low Power Consumption on Raspberry Pi via Software and Hardware control [duplicate]

Would like to enquire if anyone could list any/or all possible ways to achieve low power consumption on the raspberry pi. I have found that one could disable the USB ports of the raspberry pi . ...
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ALSA device order versus USB port location on Raspberry Pi 2

I have connected two identical USB DACs to my Raspberry Pi and everything seems to work well. Because these are identical, in ALSA (using aplay -lL) they are referred to as DAC and DAC_1. It seems ...
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Raspberry Pi and iMac display

A customer at my work has donated us a iMac G5 because it didn't do anything. We want to test if the display is still working, but I'm not sure if it will work. Does someone know if it is possible to ...
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Control LCD brightness via Raspberry Pi

I have bought a display from Adafruit. It is a HDMI 7 inch touchscreen display. Is it possible to control the brightness of the display via written software on Raspberry Pi OS? If so, any advice or ...
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Infrared detection

I'm looking into making a small robot that will be Raspberry Pi controlled. One of the features I'd like to perform with the robot is moving to a certain area via infra-red sensors. My plan is to ...
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Trying to shortcircuit a computer motherboard pin with the Raspberry Pi

So I'm working on a project which requires me to compile the kernel of my desktop machine at the office. But I do a lot of work at home using SSH. As the kernel is very delicate, it causes a lot of ...
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Pi draws too much current

I was playing with pi's GPIO a little and then my pi stopped working. Red LED light is barely visible, other LEDs are off. I left the pi for a day or two alone and the red light got little stronger ...
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Pi not responding

When I switch my RPi on, it comes up with the error script failed service py, url error unable to connect to server, and unable to connect to host. Also getting Add on has been marked as broken ...
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Raspberry Pis failing on HDMI hot swap

Rephrasing my question as requested: I've managed to blow up 3 or 4 RPis, models ranging from the B (just 2 USB ports) to the B+ to the quad core. It always seems to happen when I plug or unplug the ...
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How to install NoMachine (NoMachine.com) on Raspberry 2

Has anyone installed NoMachine (a remote desktop program) on Raspberry Pi 2? Any success or tips you can pass on? I am having problems and am a newbie at Linux/Raspberry. The specs: Raspberry Pi 2 ...
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I broke C13, is it serious doctor?

EDIT: I got a good answer on electronics SE, you can check it out here. While desoldering the GPIO, I accidentally broke the capacitor C13 of my raspberry pi model B (2011.12 Rev7). It is the ...
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Is there any “industry standard” for single-board computers?

Do Raspberry Pis, or any other single-board computer, come in any sort of industry-standard form factor? I'm trying to sell management on using Raspberry Pi, but they are stuck on the question "what ...
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Sending an authorization/credentials header with the Adafruit FONA

I would like to be able to send POST calls to a server that is protected, and thus need to set an authorization header like so. However, it does not seem to appear anywhere in the docs. Does anyone ...
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Reboot after some times a GPIO output is on

I'm using a raspberry PI B+ to drive a relay via a BJT transistor. The GPIO pin source about 8ma ( calculated, since it is driving a 600 ohm load ) so when the I/O is on there should not be a too ...
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copper plate came with raspberry pi

I was wondering I got two heat sinks and a copper plate what the hell is the copper plate for ? When I bought the raspberry PI 2 it came with green and black and copper. Green was the big heat sink ...
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Raspberry Pi Camera Module distorted colours

I've been using the same camera module for a long time without realizing some colours seem to be very off. For instance black seems to turn purple or red (see picture below). Is there any settings I ...
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Is it possible to control a stepper-motor with javascript?

So I have seen some examples, how you can control servo-motors with javascript, but we use 2 stepper-motors for our project and these use an extra library in python. So is there a way to control them ...
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HDMI switching Board

Quite simply I would like to have a board, if one exists, that i can plug my TV stream (the cord that comes from my cable box) into the Pi and have an HDMI come out of the pi to the TV. Using python ...
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Pi2 has no red light

I have been working with my Pi2 for about a 10 days, it worked OK and I had no problem, today when I was working with a step motor driver, PI suddenly turn off and now it is not turning on. Usually ...
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Running a Raspberry Pi off of a Wii Balance Board

I am working on an internet connected scale. I want it to theoretically run forever without my intervention so I picked up this battery pack for my balance board. I plan on having the board constantly ...
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Controlling Stepper Motor Responding Strangely

I'm attempting to simply move a small stepper motor over GPIO using a Sparkfun Easy Driver. This Stepper motor is the one I'm attempting to use. I'm using similar code and configuration to that shown ...
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Audio amplifier hardware

We design a woorden box with a highquality speaker inside. Inside the box we have a raspberry 2, which generates music. We need about 15 Watts power for the speaker, max. We could amplify the output ...
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Why does the SD card random write performance for record size 8-128 kB drops below the performance of record size 4 kB?

When I check the performance of SD cards for random write, I can see the performance is quite bad for record size 4 kB (this is not surprising) but then for several cards it even drops for larger ...
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Problem with hardware on raspberry A+ [closed]

i have a uncomond issue... first of all, is not the hardware i guess, because, with code, i can turn on/off the leds... connecting a buttons and setting inputs is when i have a trouble... for example ...
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How to send data using raspberry pi's 3.5mm audio jack?

Does any one know of any projects that are doing this? Whether or not it's even possible? EDIT: I want to send the data from RPi to the device connected on other end. My primary goal is to control ...
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Specify interrupt in devicetree overlay

I have created a devicetree overlay to add an MRF24J40 transceiver to Raspberry Pi. The interface of the transceiver is SPI and an interrupt request. After some trouble the device finally appears in ...
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When will a new Raspberry Pi be released?

I know the Raspberry Pi 2 has been released very recently, but are we likely to see a new model with more features within the next year? And is it likely the Raspberry Pi Foundation will ever produce ...
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Are there any damaging effects to leaving the Raspberry Pi on all the time

I have a Raspberry Pi B+ hooked up to my router and I leave it on all of the time, it rarely gets switched off. Does this cause any damaging effects to the Raspberry Pi?
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File Transfer Problems

Ihave two raspberry PI's one is a B+ and the other is a model 2. My problem is this with the B+ connected I can move files from my windows computer to the PI with no trouble but when I connect the ...
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Can the Pi Emulate an HID device with via USB?

Does the Raspberry Pi model B+ have the capabilities of acting as a Human Interface Device (HID) with no extra hardware (other than a USB to USB cable)? I saw this question but it was about ...
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Can a 10 node raspberry pi cluster use a single hardrive as storage

For a school project I'm building a 10 node raspberry pi b cluster. I've done my research and know I need an sd card for every pi I use. What I'm wondering though is when I get all the pi's ...
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SX300 Expansion Board and SATA devices

I recently came across this 'module' and I have been wondering if it can be used to have a HDD plugged in into a raspberry. Does anyone know if an additional power supply is required in order to get ...
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Controlling servo with pi-blaster works but pi-blaster.js does not

I am able to control a servo with pi-blaster from the command line successfully. However when I try to use pi-blaster.js to do so in Node.js (either at the node command line or from within a Node ...