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#196714 10-Jun-2016 11:39
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I have been asked to produce some resources for Raspberrypi which I have no experience with. I need a Raspberrypi, however the cheapest model commercially available is about $130(this includes a card with the OS and a card to connect to monitors etc). I am interested in getting a pi with the cards and wonder if anyone has one for sale at a considerably cheaper price. If so please contact me via PM. Before I purchase I want to make sure that you are totally familiar with the raspberrypi as I will probably need help with connections and hardware but not programming as I am a very good programmer.


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  #1569351 10-Jun-2016 12:23
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It seems you're posting in the wrong place and shopping in the wrong place


$60, you will need an SD card (download the OS image and copy it to the card), a 2AMP USB-style power-adapter, and an HDMI cable, keyboard, mouse, or an ethernet cable and you can ssh to it.

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  #1569357 10-Jun-2016 12:36
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Hi Rory,


I have some Raspberry Pi B models which I'm not using. 


FWIW, you don't need a lot of stuff to make it work. Minimally, an Ethernet connection, a 4GB SD card, and a 5V micro-USB power supply. You would login to the Pi via SSH from a PC. Add X-windows on your PC and you'll be able to the GUI.


If you particularly want to, you can add a USB mouse & keyboard to the Pi, and use a TV with HDMI as a monitor so you can run it standalone. And add a WiFi adapter instead of Ethernet.


I'll sell you a system for what I paid: $35 plus shipping for RPi model B, case, WiFi dongle, SD card. I can throw in a 5V supply and/or USB-to-microUSB cable if you need one. PM me if interested.


If you need more CPU horsepower than a model B, you can buy a new RPi3 from AliExpress for about US$41 (say NZ$60)... whoever's hitting you up for $130 is either selling you a whole lot of stuff that you don't need, or paying themselves a good profit.










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  #1569416 10-Jun-2016 13:43
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I wish I had known that :-( I bought a Pi 3 from $69 from Element14 including shipping excluding GST and had a spare 16GB microSD card lying around as well as phone power supply.


Runninng OpenHAB and HABridge on is using Raspbarian which does have a GUI but I ssh into it for shell access and WinSCP if I want to transfer files.

Staying in Wellington. Check out my AirBnB in the Wellington CBD.  Mention GZ to get a 10% discount


System One: Popcorn Hour A200,  PS3 SuperSlim, NPVR and Plex Server running on Gigabyte Brix (Windows 10 Pro), Sony BDP-S390 BD player, Pioneer AVR, Raspberry Pi running Kodi and Plex, Panasonic 60" 3D plasma, Google Chromecast

System Two: Popcorn Hour A200 ,  Oppo BDP-80 BluRay Player with hardware mode to be region free, Vivitek HD1080P 1080P DLP projector with 100" screen, Denon AVRS730H 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos/DTS-X AV Receiver, Samsung 4K player, Google Chromecast, Odroid C2 running Kodi and Plex



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  #1569437 10-Jun-2016 14:22
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Use a decent micro SD card or you will be replacing it in a short time. Sandisk extreme has lasted ok on my current pi, the whatever the cheapest "class 10" PB tech had I used before died quickly.


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  #1569460 10-Jun-2016 14:54
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Once you have your Pi setup you can try running it read-only - i.e. mount the SD card as r/o and mount things like /var/log to a tmp partition. Means the SD card is never touched, I have done this with a number of my Pis deployed for home automation and have never had a failure yet. You do have to be careful if you are interested in the logs since they will disappear on a reboot...

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