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How do I turn off my Raspberry Pi?

Should I just pull the plug? Or is it best if I exit LXDE and any other running processes first?
128
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9answers
521k views

How do I install Google Chrome?

When I go to download Google Chrome from http://www.google.com/chrome in Midori on the Raspberry Pi , I am presented with a modal dialogue box, Please select your download package: 32 bit ....
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3answers
11k views

Openelec/xbmc for Raspberry Pi No Addons Available

I am using openelec.tv for my raspberry pi and it runs fine, however no addons are showing up when I try download them. I have run xbmc on my own computer and the addons appear so I am not sure what ...
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4answers
30k views

Can I speed up web browsing on the Raspberry Pi?

Browsing the web using Midori on the Raspberry Pi feels very slow. I appreciate that the speed at which a web page will load is determined by a number of factors including: the speed of the network ...
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6answers
15k views

Can I use PATA cables for GPIO?

Raspberry's GPIO connector looks very similar to the old Parallel-ATA connectors. I do have several spare floppy/hdd PATA ribbon cables. Can I use these cables for GPIO? I know that GPIO has 26 pins, ...
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5answers
107k views

Can I attach a SATA controller?

I would like to use my Raspberry Pi as a file server (NAS/SMB). Will I be able to attach a SATA/RAID controller?
46
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6answers
37k views

How do I monitor and/or control the temperature of the SoC?

Is there a way to programmatically monitor the temperature of the BCM2835 SoC? If so, would it do any good? i.e. would temporarily suspending CPU-intensive processes have any chance to reduce the ...
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0answers
84 views

Can I use dual monitors? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to use multiple monitors or displays? The Pi provides two video outputs, HDMI and composite. I gather for the most part they're designed to be used separately, ...
10
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0answers
941 views

Can the bug with class 10 SDHC cards be fixed in firmware? [closed]

It seems relatively well known now that there's a lot of problems with class 10 SDHC cards: There are issues with most Class 10 SDHC cards, apparently due to a bug in the Broadcom bootloader.(link) ...
42
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4answers
59k views

Emulation on a Windows PC

How can I emulate the Raspberry Pi on Windows? Related: Emulation on a Linux PC
39
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6answers
46k views

What's the current draw and supply voltage tolerance?

What's the current draw when the Raspi is at idle (min), and at 100% CPU/GPU (max)? (With no peripherals/accessories plugged in) What's the minimum and maximum voltage allowed to run the Raspi stably?
65
votes
2answers
93k views

How much power can be provided through USB?

I know that my USB powered Hard Drive doesn't work, but what is the minimum power requirement that the Raspberry Pi can fulfil for devices that connect via USB?
10
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5answers
2k views

What cases are available?

What cases are currently available for the Raspberry Pi?
40
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4answers
14k views

Is it possible to dual boot from the SD card?

Say I wished to have Debian Squeeze and Arch Linux ARM on my SD card. Would it be possible to dual boot from Grub?
29
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4answers
8k views

Is there anything I can do to improve boot speed?

I love my Pi, but it takes a considerable time to boot. If I want to use it as a Media Centre, it's quite important that it powers up quickly. Are there any steps I can take to improve boot ...
17
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2answers
5k views

How does speed of QEMU emulation compare to a real Raspberry Pi board?

I've managed to following Jivings answer to set up QEMU on my Ubuntu machine with the default Debian image, though I have had to use arm1136-r2 instead of arm1176. What is the best way to compare the ...
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3answers
4k views

How can I have multiple USB peripherals?

How can I have multiple USB peripherals connected to my Raspberry Pi at once? For example, I want to have a keyboard and a mouse plugged in at the same time.
300
votes
21answers
139k views

Is the Raspberry Pi suitable for running continuously, 24/7?

I would like to run a headless machine to perform some basic automation and statistical generation (e.g. generating netstats, uploading to pvoutput.org), as well as any other trivial batch jobs that ...
24
votes
1answer
14k views

How can I determine the current firmware version number?

Is there a way to find the current firmware version number? Either the running version or the version currently installed in /boot? uname -a shows only the kernel version, not the GPU "binary blob." ...
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6answers
23k views

What is a typical boot time for the standard Debian distribution on a typical SD card?

How long does the RasPi take to boot when using the standard Debian distribution on a typical SD card? Are we talking less than a second? A couple of seconds? 10 seconds? 100 seconds? This isn't too ...
12
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4answers
2k views

Is it possible to control a SRAM module via the GPIO pins?

I would like to attach a SRAM module to the RasPi. My idea is to store sensitive (encrypted) data on the SD card but keep the key on a SRAM module. It would have its own backup battery (or ...
9
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1answer
1k views

Is it possible to communicate with i2c devices via the GPIO? [duplicate]

Is it possible to communicate with i2c devices via the GPIO? Also, are there any existing drivers or libraries that make this possible from Python?
288
votes
17answers
392k views

How do I backup my Raspberry Pi?

I have been writing programs for my Raspberry Pi (running Raspbian) for a few weeks now and would like to make sure I protect the work I have done. How can I backup the files I have created? Can I ...
10
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2answers
2k views

How do I resize my debian partition?

I've seen advice here for resizing, which is fine if you have another linux distribution to work with. How can I do resize the partition otherwise? Are there any Windows tools for example?
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1answer
9k views

Can I stream 1080p video from the Pi?

We all know the Pi can play 1080p video no problem, but is it fast enough to act as the basis for a file server that can stream 1080p video over its wired network connection? I'm thinking of using ...
92
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5answers
202k views

Can I use the GPIO for pulse width modulation (PWM)?

Can I use the GPIO as a pulse-width modulation output? If so, how would I go about doing it and how many concurrent, distinct PWM outputs can I have?
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2answers
238 views

Will compiled binaries run on other Linux boxes?

I don't have a Linux box at home, so I'd like to use my Raspberry Pi to try out some development on Linux. Will binaries compiled on it run on other, more standard Linux boxes, or will they only run ...
10
votes
1answer
5k views

Is it possible to run a DHCP server?

Our home router is terrible at remembering configured static IPs, I'd like to use my RasPi instead. Is there anything particular I need to consider when setting it up?
11
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2answers
5k views

Why do I have to `sudo`?

I've followed a couple of tutorials on my RPi and a lot of commands start with sudo; what does it mean and what does it do?
20
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3answers
29k views

What kind of HDMI cable do I need?

What kind of HDMI cable do I need if I want to connect my Raspberry PI to a full HD ( 1920 x 1080 ) TV (which has HDMI input)? According to the Wikipedia, there are 5 types of HDMI connectors: A, B, ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

Is BTRFS Supported on Arch Linux?

Does the Arch Linux image already support BTRFS or would I need to compile it into the kernel myself? If the latter is the case, a short guide on how one would do that would be great.
42
votes
10answers
30k views

Can I use Raspberry Pi as a USB peripheral device?

Raspberry Pi has a Micro USB port for power supply. My question is if this port is only for power purposes or can it be used for data as well? I would like to be able to attach my Raspberry Pi as a ...
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4answers
25k views

Can I feed the device with a current rating that's higher than what's recommended?

The quick guide says that the power supply for my Raspberry Pi model should provide at least 700mA. How about the upper bound? Is it fine to use a power supply with an high output current, say higher ...
41
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5answers
55k views

How can I keep system time?

I know that Raspberry Pi does not come with a system clock to save money. How can I keep system time though?
13
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2answers
985 views

What are the two long components on the board?

On the Raspberry Pi there are two components about an inch long, one next to the ethernet and one next to the logo. I have been wondering since I received the device what these components are? These ...
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0answers
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Connecting a touch panel display to the Raspberry Pi? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine if a given touchscreen is compatible? I have two choices of touch panel display to connect to my Raspberry Pi: Reach Technologies SLCD43 Amulet ...
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2answers
40k views

How to program a USB device with Debian/Python

The Pi is being promoted as an educational device primarily for Python. Inline with this, there have already been some great examples online of people accessing the GPIO from Python. However, most ...
11
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3answers
893 views

Is it possible to immersively cool a device?

With reference to recent questions about overclocking (ie. What are the overclocking capabilities? ), is it possible to immersively cool the Raspi? Presumably such a system would have to rely on ...
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4answers
11k views

How can I determine when an SD card needs replacement?

Is there a way to estimate the lifetime of a SD card? If not, is there a utility I can use that monitors its integrity and reliability so I know when to use a new SD card?
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0answers
103 views

Programming without a device [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Emulation on a PC How can a virtual environment be set up to program for the Raspberry Pi without using the device itself?
33
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6answers
29k views

Powering without using the micro USB

Is it possible to power the device without using the micro USB? For example, is it possible to use PoE (Power over Ethernet)?
11
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1answer
4k views

Are there hardware-incompatible video codecs?

Are there any video codecs that are not compatible with the Raspberry Pi based on hardware requirements?
39
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7answers
25k views

Is it possible to set up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless router?

When using the Ethernet and a wireless adapter, is it possible to set up the device as a wireless router? If so, what software (and/or additional hardware) would be needed?
14
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1answer
2k views

Is it possible to use multiple monitors or displays?

If it's possible to use multiple monitors with the device, how can this be set up and configured?
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4answers
14k views

What is the difference between Model A and Model B?

There are hardware differences and peripheral differences. What can be accomplished or run on a Model B that cannot be done with a Model A? Are expansion boards being designed to be compatible with ...
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3answers
75k views

Simple Keyboard Configuration

My USB keyboard was configured slightly wrong. So far I have only tried it with the Debian image. Certain keys were not in the right place (such as the '~' character). I know how to change the ...
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7answers
225k views

Can a simple cable convert HDMI output to VGA?

One may buy a simple HDMI-to-VGA cable, or an HDMI-to-DVI cable. Example: on Amazon. However, my vague knowledge is that these cables only work for video cards that have special support for this ...
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10answers
28k views

Can I install Windows?

I recently bought a RPi and it came with Debian, which I think is a Linux distribution. I'm more used to Windows; can I install it?
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2answers
7k views

Can the Raspberry Pi be used commercially?

I am looking for a cheap computer to distribute with my software & hardware. This will make convincing small businesses to change its platform easier. Instead of buying a $300+ computer, give them ...
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3answers
7k views

Building a waterproof case

I'm tempted to use the Pi for controlling an autonomous robot that could be subjected to harsh conditions - mud, water, the lot. (It's theoretical at this point, but the concept remains the same!) ...

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