PXE booting the Raspberry Pi 4

Today I got around to setting up a kickstart server to allow my Raspberry Pi’s to PXE boot. This has the advantage of reducing reliance (and wear and tear!) on SD cards. (Note, this only works for wired connections, not wifi) This is fairly straightforwards but does require modification of the bootloader on your PI. … Read more

Stargate Atlantis inspired Light Switch for Hue Lights!

In a previous post I made a Stargate Atlantis themed light switch, with a proximity sensor to turn lights on and off. Whilst this is pretty cool, it effectively renders my smart bulbs useless when off, so I decided to redo the project. This time I have made use of a gesture sensor, raspberry pi, … Read more

Raspberry Pi – Media Centre

Today I will be looking at how to use your RaspberryPi as a Media Centre. At the time of writing, you have two serious choices – OpenElec and Raspbmc. Personally, I preffer Raspbmc, I find it faster and more stable. They both run XBMC, the open source media centre Instructions for RaspBMC: Visit http://www.raspbmc.com/download/ to download … Read more

Raspberry Pi – Trouble Shooting

Taken from http://elinux.org/R-Pi_Troubleshooting#Red_power_LED_is_blinking Power / Start-up A good power supply that will supply 5V is vital. There is more information about See #Troubleshooting_power_problems. Red power LED does not light, nothing on display The power is not properly connected. Red power LED is blinking The red power LED should never blink, because it is hard-wired to the 3.3V … Read more

Raspberry Pi – What is it?

What is a Raspberry Pi The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. (Source, http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs)  As you can see … Read more

Access your Pi from windows with a graphical interface?


Want a remote desktop type experience on your PI? Read on.. Start by visiting http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/ and downloading MobaXterm Start MobaXterm: Click on the ‘Session’ icon in the tool bar Choose SSH: Note the settings below,  I have unticked Prompt for login at each connection and make sure the x-11 forwarding option is TICKED! This will … Read more

Raspberry Pi – as a web server Part 2 (PHP)

The first part of this mini series covered installing Apache on the Raspberry Pi, you should have a web server installed as a pre-requisite before installing PHP. Install Apache Install PHP Install MYSQL Install PHP My Admin Firstly, launch LXTerminal on the Raspberry Pi or SSH into it. Next, we want elevated priveleges, so: sudo … Read more

Raspberry Pi – as a web server Part 3 (My SQL)

If you are here looking to install a MySQL server on your Raspberry Pi, I’m going to assume that you have PHP, Apache and (optionally) SSH access already set up, if you don’t you can follow these tutorials first: Install Apache Install PHP Install MYSQL Install PHP My Admin As always, we start with a … Read more