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Offline jstorms

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I won this, is it good for anything?
« on: May 04, 2015, »
I won this Raspberry Pi 2 kit at work today. Is it useful for anything ?? :) :) :)


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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2015, »
Useful for many things.  I have several in my house used as AirPlay receivers/controls/monitors my garage doors and also used as a show player for my lights
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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2015, »
are you kidding?


its worth $10 if you bring it to our next austin meetup. :)


we've been using these to host FPP... it can run your LOR shows, and your DMX too.
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Offline tbone321

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2015, »
The PI 2 is a fairly powerful little computer.  It's only real downfall is that it doesn't have a SATA interface but other than that, it has a 4 core processor and 1G of ram,  It was designed as a learning platform but this version goes way beyond that.  It runs various versions of Linux and even MS is creating a version of Windows 10 for it.  As for light automation, it can be used to control your show using software like X-Lights or FPP or any other software that runs on Linux.  It looks like you have just about everything you need to get it going.
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Offline jstorms

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, »
First evening with the Raspberry Pi 2 ended with the rainbow screen of death. Tonight we will try again. #Determination

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, »
Make sure that you use the correct tools to format and copy the OS image to the SD card.  The built in windows tools don't work well for this.  Also make sure that you are using the correct version of whatever version of Linux you are using.  Unlike the versions for a PC that can determine the processor and set up for it, the ones for the PI are series specific to the processor it is using.  You need to make sure that the OS you loaded is for the PI 2 and not the standard PI.   They have different processors and the one for the original PI will not run on the PI 2.
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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, »
An education.  And many other things.  It looks like you are getting some of the first so that's a great start.  The rest will come.

I can't wait to see the how to videos.  ;D

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
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The PI 2 is a fairly powerful little computer.  It's only real downfall is that it doesn't have a SATA interface but other than that
I know this is over a year old, but I just came across it.  There are lots of add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi. including this one that provides a SATA port:

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It also provides WiFi (redundant with the Pi 3, except it boasts an external antenna for greater reach), SPDIF, Audio inputs, an IR interface, a Real time Clock, Bluetooth, 3 additional USB ports, and flexible power inputs (6 - 21V) on a coaxial connector.

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2016, »
Sure, there are boards for the PI that do many things now that didn't exist back when this was written such as this board so what exactly is your point? 
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Offline jnealand

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Re: I won this, is it good for anything?
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2016, »
And you are responding to a year old post.  LOL
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