I went to the Dark Side...

A project log for Arduino Skillz

Week of Arduino 01/29/2017 at 16:151 Comment

I missed a day. I went to the dark side. They have pi there.

Raspberry Pi has a place in my heart... It is the gadget that started my journey into the world of electronics. I made me feel like I could do it without any formal education. I was looking for ways to automate a fodder sprouting system to feed my milk goats (seriously, for real). Another story, another day...

ANYWAYS, long story short, I had a show and tell and wanted to do a slide show, so I used my Pi B and this touchscreen setup to make it go. Again, tutorials that work are my favorites. This project was built using this instructable.

Finished project::

It was very straightforward:

1. Start with all the regular Pi setup stuff.

- flash an OS image (I used Raspbian Jessie)

- update to latest distro

2. Install feh

sudo apt-get install feh
3. Install screensaver
sudo apt-get install xscreensaver
All the screensaver configuration is done in terminal on a command line. The config I used was
feh -Y -x -q -D 8 -B black -F -Z -z -r /media/

And it should roll...

There is a manual accessible by using the 'man feh' command..

4. Configure Pi for touchscreen

I had to add a step to get my screen to work, modifying the config.txt file in the boot directory of my Pi.

cd ..
cd ..
cd boot
sudo nano config.txt
And the lines I added were:
hdmi_cvt 1024 600 60 6 0 0 0
Over all, took me about 45 minutes, most of which was spent waiting for pi update and installs...

Thats ok cause I spent that time in the most constructive way possible; playing Look for me, I'm the snake? that is eating your dots.


Discussions wrote 01/31/2017 at 14:41 point

Ok, just to be clear, I like Raspberry Pi for some things and Arduino for others. I know there is some 'arduino vs pi' sentiment out there, but they both have their place!

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