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Raspberry Pi B+ Desktop (700MHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 4x USB Port) £23.90 Sold by Amazon
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The latest edition to the Raspberry Pi family - The Raspberry Pi B+ (B Plus) brings some much anticipated additions to the original Raspberry Pi Model B

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Don't need it... Don't need it... Don't need it...

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EcumenicalMatter

Don't need it... Don't need it... Don't need it...


Don't fight the urges you know you do lol
You would pay £34.99 to scratch your itch in Maplins
Edited by: "twoweedogs" 15th Dec 2014

Being new to this, I'm thinking of getting the starter kit?

EcumenicalMatter

Don't need it... Don't need it... Don't need it...



I don't need it, well I don't think I do -- can anyone explain what it does just in case X)

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mysticjenny

I don't need it, well I don't think I do -- can anyone explain what it … I don't need it, well I don't think I do -- can anyone explain what it does just in case X)



Heres a link to a short video on Youtube which may help.
youtube.com/wat…W8c

In the process of making one into a security camera, bit fiddly, but nice little project Good price!
Edited by: "mikedigitales" 15th Dec 2014

twoweedogs

Heres a link to a short video on Youtube which may … Heres a link to a short video on Youtube which may help.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cviTxswW8c



Thanks op, have some heat.

Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no case....why.

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Tinker123

Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no … Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no case....why.



The hot deal is that you would pay £11 more for it if you bought it from Maplins or £6 more if you bought it from PC World for example
Edited by: "twoweedogs" 15th Dec 2014

The graphics hardware on these easily overclock to 2x. Should be 250mhz which is about 24 gflops but an easy double to 48 gflops which is about the same as the vita. Sadly the cpu is more limited for overclocking but you get get close to 1ghz quite easily.

Heat!

can this replace an old desktop ive got connected to my tv?

saltcoatsblu

can this replace an old desktop ive got connected to my tv?


For XBMC?
As long as your not using it for any Silverlight or flash content yes it should work fine.

mikedigitales

In the process of making one into a security camera, bit fiddly, but nice … In the process of making one into a security camera, bit fiddly, but nice little project Good price!



Any links of a decent guide and you able to post pictures of image qualities and how much did everything cost?

Thinking of getting another one of these to do a NAS project. Anyone had any success with using these for NAS?

bonzobanana

The graphics hardware on these easily overclock to 2x. Should be 250mhz … The graphics hardware on these easily overclock to 2x. Should be 250mhz which is about 24 gflops but an easy double to 48 gflops which is about the same as the vita. Sadly the cpu is more limited for overclocking but you get get close to 1ghz quite easily.



Yes but come on this is ARM11 - not to mention that Cortex has improved hugely over the previous past years. I'm all for supporting all hardware and Raspberry should be commended for starting this - but it's really obsolete these days...

saltcoatsblu

can this replace an old desktop ive got connected to my tv?



Firefox OS is on the way to pi. Maybe that will have a decent browser. Currently the Linux browsers are a bit too slow or feature light that run well. No reason that the pi can't have a fairly decent browser though but it needs proper optimisation.

These are not great for XBMC.

Amazon Fire TV is the way to go.!

Tinker123

Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no … Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no case....why.



Because it's for people who like to tinker and learn stuff.
It's not meant to be a finished product to do a particular job, a person would take one of these, find a purpose for it and use it to create something.

It uses a phone charger for a power supply, standard microSD card for a phone or camera and there are cases available depending on what you want to do with it, some cases expose the IO pins etc many people don't bother with a case. There's been millions sold so a huge world wide online project community is available to join to learn from, and there are hundreds of after market addons.

Edited by: "androoski" 15th Dec 2014

Adrian7

Yes but come on this is ARM11 - not to mention that Cortex has improved … Yes but come on this is ARM11 - not to mention that Cortex has improved hugely over the previous past years. I'm all for supporting all hardware and Raspberry should be commended for starting this - but it's really obsolete these days...



Very capable as a media centre playing lots of compressed video formats thanks to the fairly powerful gpu but yes the cpu is weak but still usable. It's all down to what you want to do with it. Like you probably I wish they'd aimed a little higher in cpu terms but still a very good product.

better off getting the C120 when they start shipping in the new year

This for £23 quid or the New ZX Spectrum Vega for £120 to god knows how much on ebay next year!!

Erh.. this one!

Tinker123

Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no … Wots the hot deal about this....no power supply. no memory card.no case....why.



Most people have a mem card and phone charger already.

case costs like £1.50... voted hot.

amukid1992

Thinking of getting another one of these to do a NAS project. Anyone had … Thinking of getting another one of these to do a NAS project. Anyone had any success with using these for NAS?


Your limited by the usb/network port, they all share the same bandwidth so with usb storage and using the network jack your looking at 10mb/s tops (25mb/s is about the theoretical max)

shinds

These are not great for XBMC.Amazon Fire TV is the way to go.!



A Pi is absolutely fine for XBMC and less than half the price of Amazon Fire TV

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FriesWithThat

Being new to this, I'm thinking of getting the starter kit?


Dont hesitate! get one but if you want one with a kit then look at deals like you can get the kits on their own so weigh up the costs, might be a few quid cheaper to get them seperately

Got 2 already, more than ample enough to run OpenElec smoothly. Streaming and NAS playback has had very little buffering times in my experience.

AFTV is amazing kit for xbmc but more than double the price!

I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it collecting dust trying to decide what to do, one day I decided to try it out as a media server. I've got OpenElec running fine. I've slightly overclocked the processor, but nothing extreme. It's hooked up to a mains powered 3.5" external HDD, and the whole lot is hidden behind my TV. I control it through either my TV remote (Bravia HDMI sync) or (free) android apps on my phone & tablet. While it's not the flashiest solution, it's fine for my needs. I thought I'd share this in case anyone reading was thinking of using it for similar purposes.
Edited by: "roadgap" 15th Dec 2014

amukid1992

Thinking of getting another one of these to do a NAS project. Anyone had … Thinking of getting another one of these to do a NAS project. Anyone had any success with using these for NAS?



Go for the Banana Pi instead, it has a faster processor and a SATA interface. USB will be slow for a NAS.

I ordered the board, case & cable from Amazon, the board arrived very quickly but the case and SATA cable had to come from China and only arrived last week. This will be a Christmas project, I will probably use OpenMediaVault.
Edited by: "omneity1" 15th Dec 2014

bonzobanana

Firefox OS is on the way to pi. Maybe that will have a decent browser. … Firefox OS is on the way to pi. Maybe that will have a decent browser. Currently the Linux browsers are a bit too slow or feature light that run well. No reason that the pi can't have a fairly decent browser though but it needs proper optimisation.



Firefox can't run smooth on a quad core with 8 gigs of ram, I wouldn't have hopes for a solid pi version.

roadgap

I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it … I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it collecting dust trying to decide what to do, one day I decided to try it out as a media server. I've got OpenElec running fine. I've slightly overclocked the processor, but nothing extreme. It's hooked up to a mains powered 3.5" external HDD, and the whole lot is hidden behind my TV. I control it through (free) android apps on my phone & tablet. While it's not the flashiest solution, it's fine for my needs. I thought I'd share this in case anyone reading was thinking of using it for similar purposes.




with openelic on can it run 1080p with dts or is it nowhere near enough oomph? I keep looking into these but then giving up thinking they be a waste and just heading towards a htpc

ramiuk1

[quote=roadgap] I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. … [quote=roadgap] I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it collecting dust trying to decide what to do, one day I decided to try it out as a media server. I've got OpenElec running fine. I've slightly overclocked the processor, but nothing extreme. It's hooked up to a mains powered 3.5" external HDD, and the whole lot is hidden behind my TV. I control it through (free) android apps on my phone & tablet. While it's not the flashiest solution, it's fine for my needs. I thought I'd share this in case anyone reading was thinking of using it for similar purposes.



Hi. It definitely handles 1080p fine, but for DTS you'll need to force a passthrough to prevent the pi itself trying to decode the DTS stream using one of these methods: openelec.tv/for…ugh

roadgap

I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it … I bought one of the Version B Pis a while ago on a whim. After leaving it collecting dust trying to decide what to do, one day I decided to try it out as a media server. I've got OpenElec running fine. I've slightly overclocked the processor, but nothing extreme. It's hooked up to a mains powered 3.5" external HDD, and the whole lot is hidden behind my TV. I control it through either my TV remote (Bravia HDMI sync) or (free) android apps on my phone & tablet. While it's not the flashiest solution, it's fine for my needs. I thought I'd share this in case anyone reading was thinking of using it for similar purposes.



Spent yesterday morning on something similar, I just want to use the PI as a TVHeadend server and use Android TV boxes or PI's as local TV clients. Trouble is my crappy KWorld USB TV stick doesn't pickup any channels, will look to get a Freeview HD stick or two. Just need to find the one that works nicely with THHeadend.

At the moment still using THHeadend on an OpenElec install on a PC, works quite well with an old twin tuner Hauppage DVB card, but doesn't go into lower-power mode when not streaming or recording.

MrMan2011

Any links of a decent guide and you able to post pictures of image … Any links of a decent guide and you able to post pictures of image qualities and how much did everything cost?



It's very much halfway through at the moment, but you're look at about £24 for the Pi, then maybe £5 for the memory card, £5/6 for a Edimax wifi dongle from Amazon, and then what ever camera and case you want to use. Mine is going to stay inside so i'll just grab a plastic case from eBay for £3 or so, but I've seen people buy the fake security cams (to scare away burglars) and mount the Pi inside it (£5-10 on Amazon for a fake security cam). Camera wise i'm using an old webcam, but you could use the official Pi camera (around £15 I think). Guide wise - hit up google, narrow the search for the last year or so - loads of guides. My advice is though, no one guide will get you 100% through the process with most projects involving a Raspberry Pi - if you want to get it up and running quickly, without reading learning first - Pi isn't the way to go. Pi is all about the building/learning/satisfaction

joedastudd

For XBMC?As long as your not using it for any Silverlight or flash … For XBMC?As long as your not using it for any Silverlight or flash content yes it should work fine.



Works perfectly

I have 6 of these (A & B models), here is what I have done with them:

XBMC - my "video jukebox" works flawlessly
Door security cameras + auto doorbell for anyone loitering
External Nightvision security camera.
Birdtable wireless camera in the summer
Retro games console for the kids when we are away on holiday, works with XBox controller.
Scratch programming system for the kids - it's part of the IT curriculum, great way to learn.

They are a great bit of kit, yes you can get more powerful devices, but what you get with the RPI is a community of support.

Desktop? Pocket size more like

paul.crome

I have 6 of these (A & B models), here is what I have done with them:XBMC … I have 6 of these (A & B models), here is what I have done with them:XBMC - my "video jukebox" works flawlesslyDoor security cameras + auto doorbell for anyone loiteringExternal Nightvision security camera.Birdtable wireless camera in the summerRetro games console for the kids when we are away on holiday, works with XBox controller. Scratch programming system for the kids - it's part of the IT curriculum, great way to learn. They are a great bit of kit, yes you can get more powerful devices, but what you get with the RPI is a community of support.



What did you use for the nightvision camera?
paul.crome

I have 6 of these (A & B models), here is what I have done with them:XBMC … I have 6 of these (A & B models), here is what I have done with them:XBMC - my "video jukebox" works flawlesslyDoor security cameras + auto doorbell for anyone loiteringExternal Nightvision security camera.Birdtable wireless camera in the summerRetro games console for the kids when we are away on holiday, works with XBox controller. Scratch programming system for the kids - it's part of the IT curriculum, great way to learn. They are a great bit of kit, yes you can get more powerful devices, but what you get with the RPI is a community of support.

very very tempted lol heat added!
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