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. …

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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, …

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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 …

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Raspberry Pi – Expanding DEBIAN to fill your SD Card

Here is how to utilise the full capacity of your Raspberry Pi’s SD card after installing the Debian image which gives a 2GB root partition: Step 1: Run fdisk as sudo sudo fdisk -cu /dev/mmcblk0 Step 2: enter p to view the current partition table: Commands (m for help): p Device        Boot  Start   End     Blocks …

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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 …

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