Raspberry Pi video review

Ardjuna Seghers

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Believe the hype: the Raspberry Pi really is a miniature marvel. For the price of a concert ticket you get a computer the size of a credit card with enough connectivity to hook up all the essentials and enough power to play back Full HD video. What it doesn’t quite have enough power for is to provide a smooth experience in anything remotely intensive that doesn’t utilise its graphics chip, and it can require a lot of effort to get even basic functionality set up. However, that’s part of the point and, with widespread community support, the Raspberry Pi is only going to get better.

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KeithM

March 24, 2012, 3:13 pm

Who writes this stuff? I taught Computer Science from 1981 - the notion that computers were "a lot more accessible" then is twisting the truth - they were a great deal more cumbersome to use and you often had to write code because that's was all you could do and/or there was no code to do what you wanted. Remember no internet then either!

Hazellhoff

August 2, 2012, 12:19 pm

"It's all backed by 256GB of RAM, which is shared by both the system and GPU."

I want one. That's the cheapest and most compact 256GB of RAM I have *EVER* seen. My macbook pro tops out at 8GB...

Has anyone proof read this article? Made me smile though...

TechVegan

August 2, 2012, 2:39 pm

@KeithM:
Just to clarify that your comment is on the Preview, not the Review. And you're right, but I guess Ed (who wrote the preview) was referring to the 'guts' of the computer - you needed to know more to get anything out of them...

@Hazellhoff:
I'm afraid the Special Edition with 256GB of RAM that we received for review is not available to buy for the public...

Seriously though, thanks for spotting that, fixed (and as mentioned in the review, we actually used a retail Raspberry Pi). Glad we made you smile!

jimmystevo

November 28, 2012, 2:24 am

CONSIDERING THE PI IS AIMED AT NEWCOMERS YOUR REVIEW COMES WITH A LOT OF UNEXPLAINED SPECS AND TEXT,THANK YOU JS

Chris

May 2, 2013, 10:32 am

I bought a Raspberry Pi it is a brilliant piece of hardware but unlike the old BBC computer you need a lot of knowledge and know how just to get it to do anything. After help from an "expert" who spent an hour (he said it would take a few minutes) trying to get the thing to run as a media server using a pre written program we succeeded. I am not technophobic or new in this field but even with the wiki guide I am sure it would have taken me 5 or 6 hours to accomplish this task.

When running it using a PC as a vehicle can someone explain to me why it is necessary to do become a "robot" following a sequence of instructions (I have summarized them below) that are not easy and for the unwary there are pitfalls at every turn. (This is totally non creative and much of it incomprehensible to the new user). There is virtually nothing obvious and it begs the question, why can't it be automated?

All of the below could surely be automated as with a set up program", eg. Click install. then follow the on screen prompts.

Here is the a summary of the sequence!

Download image Unzip
Download USB tool
Setup as in instructions (it took ten minutes to work out that I needed to an administrator and another few minutes to work our how to become one!)
Run restore image, (Why?)
Download Putty http://www.chiark.greenend.org...
Place SD card in Pi. Connect network plug. Switch on.
Connect through putty - may need trial and error to get IP address (ping squeezeplug). Port 22.
Login: root Password: nosoup4u (why do you need to do this?)
Type setup
Follow prompts.
Select Expand_RootFS. (obvious isn't it)
Select Yes and follow prompts. Select Yes to reboot.

Wait a bit for it to come back and login again. Resize the window.
Run setup again.
Configuration:
Advanced Install samba,Media Handling.
MiniDLNA - Install

Need I say more. A shame as it really is a great bit of kit.

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