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Great deal on a raspberry pi 3 starter kit, I highly recommend this as the pi can be used for numerous things. I paid £10 more for this exact kit a couple of weeks ago.
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Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.

The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.

I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?

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9 Likes #1
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.

The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.

I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?
1 Like #2
GuigsyUK
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.
The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.
I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?
Never too much pi. They are simply great.
#3
GuigsyUK
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.

The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.

I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?


Yeah the pi is a great bit of kit! Using one as a network intrusion detection system, and they're cheap as chips!
#4
bought this about 2 month ago same price. it's all official and great as it's really all plug in and go!
#5
Bought it last week, I can confirm all parts are official by raspberry and top quality.
#6
can anyone recommend good projects that I can run using this kit...
I'm looking in to arduino robots, ai and robotics
thx
#7
GuigsyUK
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.
The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.
I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?

interesting about the home automation any links to read upon and links to the touch screen,zwave hardware?
#8
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.
#9
Looks like a good deal, heat added.

I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
2 Likes #10
LiOnhead - I'm using an original P1 and a pi3 as IP security cameras for my home, the official Pi camera modules are excellent. I'm also setting up a Pi2 running Zone Minder to control camera recordings, motion detection etc. The possibilities are endless with these things. next up for me will be a couple of Zero's to play with :) Being retired is fun!
#11
Surely any self respecting geek buying a pi would have things like a power supply and micro sd card lying around anyway?

Seems to me like £43 would buy a better specification smart phone, or tablet? Something more powerful but with more user friendly interfaces?
#12
I've ordered a pi zero yesterday.

First mission, magic mirror for bedroom or bathroom, then planning on adding some sort of speech recognition, like Alexa. I have a few PS eye cams which have 4 microphones built in, should be nearly as good as the echo.

I have zero wood working skills though ;)


Also have an air conditioning unit that has no remote, using voice control would be cool to add a thermometer and then ask Alexa to set temperature etc, wife might not be too happy with me taking apart a £250 two week old unit though...



Edited By: jaydeeuk1 on Aug 06, 2016 00:51
1 Like #13
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.


I used mine to set up retropie and yes its very time consuming its ok for roms on nes snes master sysytem as you can download packs for them and most should work, its when you start going for MAME roms where there are 2000+ in a pack and your find most wont work your best adding MAME roms one at a time some realy fun games on MAME
2 Likes #14
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.

I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.


​Had a quick spin with this on a pi 2 the other day, up and running in no time http://www.lakka.tv/
#15
Morning all, anyone ever set a pi up without a PC? Am getting this today and I'm aiming to push everything from my android phone.
#16
azeDmon
can anyone recommend good projects that I can run using this kit...
I'm looking in to arduino robots, ai and robotics
thx
http://cpc.farnell.com/productimages/standard/en_GB/HK01207-40.jpg
£59@ cpc I didn't post it as a deal as they only have two in stock
#17
1Old9Bean75
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.

I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.


​Had a quick spin with this on a pi 2 the other day, up and running in no time http://www.lakka.tv/


​As I understand it getting up and running with RetroPie is also easy. it is the MAME rom collecting which is difficult.
#18
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.

I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.


​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
#19
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?

I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716

It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!
1 Like #20
a8ken
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716
It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!

Retropie is free to download and extremely easy to set up. Loading the roms into place is the only slight complication. With a Pi 3 though, with built in wifi, it's much simpler.

I don't have a problem with people collecting old roms, but paying someone for them is just a bit unsavory, frankly.
#21
li0nhead
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.


Kodi runs well ,emulation station plays all retro games .theres lots of projects do a bit of reading there's plenty of guides out there.
#22
Paying for someone to do things like set up retropie or kodi is self defeating.

At some point something will go wrong or you'll want to change or add something. At that point you'll either be stuck or will have to learn it anyway.

It's all simple enough if you can follow basic instructions & can read for yourself, & you'll save some cash in the process.
1 Like #23
FoxForce5
Paying for someone to do things like set up retropie or kodi is self defeating.
At some point something will go wrong or you'll want to change or add something. At that point you'll either be stuck or will have to learn it anyway.
It's all simple enough if you can follow basic instructions & can read for yourself, & you'll save some cash in the process.
I agree with you on this, learning initially may seem a little daunting at first. But as you say, you will be better off by saving a few bucks, whilst learning something new. Youtube is a great place to start learning.
2 Likes #24
I actually prefer to use written guides with good screenshots as opposed to having to pause a video whilst following it for the first time, but it's horses for courses, whatever works for you is fine, & the videos are good to show you exactly how quickly you can do things that look complex when written down step by step (a simple two minute task can look complex when written in foolproof specific steps, I've written many such guides myself!).
#25
any good links to start off? thx
#26
li0nhead
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.


​I run a blog and host many websites, setup motion detecting cameras, play games with Retropie, watch videos with Kodi.
#27
jimunix
li0nhead
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.


​I run a blog and host many websites, setup motion detecting cameras, play games with Retropie, watch videos with Kodi.


​site pleased
#28
azeDmon
jimunix
li0nhead
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.


​I run a blog and host many websites, setup motion detecting cameras, play games with Retropie, watch videos with Kodi.


​site pleased


​please*
1 Like #29
ST30
interesting about the home automation any links to read upon and links to the touch screen,zwave hardware?

I initially started writing my open heating control system in Node.js on my Pi. Got it working, but it wasn't much more than a timer and some thermostats run over a web interface. I am using a large solid state relay to control the immersion heater in my hot water tank and a trial Pi Zero that controls an electric radiator with a regular relay. I wanted to add lots more features, but my coding skills aren't that great. Then I discovered OpenHAB, which is all open source and did so much more. OpenHAB is hugely expandable, but it isn't exactly light weight and all Java based, so it runs fine on a Pi 3 but was a bit laggy on the Pi 2.

I'm using an Aeotec AEOEZW090 USB z-wave stick. It took me a while to work out that I needed to add the user 'openhab' to the group 'dialout' or it didn't have permissions to get the data (the stick appears as a modem type device to Rasbian). At the moment I've just got it running a couple of table lamps off of z-wave controlled plugs. z-wave isn't exactly cheap though. The touch screen doesn't do much yet, but when I've got OpenHAB configured, I'll make it the default screen.

I'm now in the process of using an ESP8266 board (Wemos mini) to create a cheap (£5) light sensor and reporting that data back using MQTT over WiFi, which OpenHAB can then pick up and act on. The idea is that the table lamps will only come on when it's dark.

If I can get my ESP8266 thing working reliably (and it's been fine so far), I don't think I'll actually use z-wave for that much, probably just radiator valve controllers and maybe some lighting dimmers. I'll just have a swarm of ESP8266s around the house running relays, motion detectors, thermometers and other sensors.... fun until my router dies under the load and my house effectively locks up. :p
#30
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.

I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.


​I see someone else recommended Lakka - I've got no experience with that, but I can vouch for recalbox being genuinely hassle-free, plug and play stuff (if you have a supported controller at least. You may need to do a little setup for non ps3 / xbox 360 controllers).

Works great - very happy with it for nostalgic trips down SNES memory lane :)
#31
GuigsyUK
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.

The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.

I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?


​So you're the one who at all the pis.
1 Like #32
nicmall
GuigsyUK
Saves about £6 over buying the bits separately... and it appears to all be good (official) stuff.
The case is nice (pop the top to plug in camera and get at the GPIOs), PSU should be solid and the SD card is pre-loaded with an operating system, so it should be plug'n'play.
I'm currently using a Pi 3 to create a home automation system with a 7" touch screen and a z-wave radio. A Pi 1 drives my 3d printer with OctoPrint. A Pi 2 runs a photo frame. I've got a Zero that controls a string of 100 LED colour change lights that gets used for parties and the Xmas tree... and another Zero that I was going to use to control an electric radiator, but I'm moving so I probably won't bother now. Too much Pi?
​So you're the one who at all the pis.

Soz. :D
1 Like #33
a8ken
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716
It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!

£70 seems a lot to me for that bundle if you're planning to just use it for RetroPie. Just my opinion of course but in my setup wired game controllers just wouldn't work - not sure how much a pair of bluetooth ones would be but apparently RetroPie works perfectly with the old XBox 360 wireless controllers which are quite cheap on eBay.

I am thinking of getting a Pi3 to replace an existing original Pi Model B which is struggling to cope with my ever growing KODI movie list. And a Pi3 running a dual boot RetroPie and OpenElec is my next step I think :) A Pi3 and an SD card which has all the ROMs on it already (saves me spending the time looking for them - remember, not all MAME ROMs work on RetroPi and you have to make sure you get the right 'version' ones) will be the next addition to the man cave.
#34
wild_quinine
a8ken
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716
It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!

Retropie is free to download and extremely easy to set up. Loading the roms into place is the only slight complication. With a Pi 3 though, with built in wifi, it's much simpler.

I don't have a problem with people collecting old roms, but paying someone for them is just a bit unsavory, frankly.




Do you any of you guys know if I could run one of these without a keyboard?
I'm thinking of getting one to play snes and master system games only and would ideally want to control it with a control pad only (after initial set up)

Thanks
#35
INDUSTRYHATER
wild_quinine
a8ken
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716
It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!
Retropie is free to download and extremely easy to set up. Loading the roms into place is the only slight complication. With a Pi 3 though, with built in wifi, it's much simpler.
I don't have a problem with people collecting old roms, but paying someone for them is just a bit unsavory, frankly.
Do you any of you guys know if I could run one of these without a keyboard?
I'm thinking of getting one to play snes and master system games only and would ideally want to control it with a control pad only (after initial set up)
Thanks
Absolutely, initial setup will require a keyboard, unless you find an image that has all you need more configured.
#36
dt_matthews
INDUSTRYHATER
wild_quinine
a8ken
AdamBrunt
a8ken
Looks like a good deal, heat added.
I was looking to turn one of these into a wee retro console using RetroPie. I've browsed various bundles on eBay costing around £80 which includes controllers etc but crucially memory card all set up with software and ROMS. Putting aside the issues surrounding gathering thousands of ROM files, does anyone have experience setting up such a thing from scratch? I've heard it can be a right pain and very time consuming.
Thanks in advance.
​There are people on eBay selling just the fully loaded SD card ( retroPie and all the ROMs ) for £30+. £80 for the whole bundle doesn't sound too bad to me. Got a link?
I'm tempted with this:
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/131880226716
It's actually £69.99
I suppose the only hesitation I have is the collection of the ROMS. I don't want to shell out for something like this and then still have to trawl sites for specific games I want. First World problem, I know!
Retropie is free to download and extremely easy to set up. Loading the roms into place is the only slight complication. With a Pi 3 though, with built in wifi, it's much simpler.
I don't have a problem with people collecting old roms, but paying someone for them is just a bit unsavory, frankly.
Do you any of you guys know if I could run one of these without a keyboard?
I'm thinking of getting one to play snes and master system games only and would ideally want to control it with a control pad only (after initial set up)
Thanks
Absolutely, initial setup will require a keyboard, unless you find an image that has all you need more configured.


Superb, thanks for your help.
#37
You could remote connect to it, and control your raspberry pi via your laptop. This would then save you money on buying a seperate keyboard and mouse, as you can do it via your laptop. You could also hook up your snes controller to your laptop, without the need of using a tv.




Edited By: Mrchips09 on Aug 08, 2016 15:31
#38
Try emuparadise mobi for Roms
#39
li0nhead
So what do you do with your PI? Just looking for ideas.


​Ever heard of Google?
#40
azeDmon
any good links to start off? thx


Ask Google.

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