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Old 10-11-2017, 06:06   #31
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Re: Installing opencpn on a Raspberry ph 3

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Even with standard Rasbian I had to do a lot of sudo apt-get sessions to set up for OpenCPN. I find the best way to install O on plain Rasbian is via the build it yourself process. That way I don't have to wait for each new release. I can build against the latest sources any time. It takes an hour to first time but after that it's pretty fast.
Thanks for the suggestion, transmitterdan.

However I just went to look at how to build your own package and found pages and pages of gobbledygook written in an alien language . I'm sure if I devoted the next few weeks to understanding the process I could probably do it, but I just want to install OpenCPN and use it! What time I have needs to be spent on converting charts to use with OpenCPN.

Maybe I'll have to go the Open Plotter route after all.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:11   #32
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Hi all,

I'm about to embark on this same journey.

I'm not entirely illiterate but it's been awhile since I tinkered with Linux.
I've compiled my hardware shopping list and hope to get started soon.


I'll be using a slim, cheap-o 12v HDMI monitor, a Logitech bluetooth keyboard/trackpad combo and a BU-353 GPS USB puck. I've actually found a regulated DC-DC power supply that is just a little bulge in the wire.

In an effort to be less annoying, I've tried to read ahead in the FAQ's and newbs advice sections. I see the familiar references to apt-getting things and "dependency hell."

I'll try the Openplotter route first, but I have a spare microSD card on hand because I'd also like to try building this the manual way.
Openplotter is well worth being the first thing to try, it's so powerful and works straight away. Just be wry of power supplies though, Pi3 doesn't use that much but needs plenty of spare power - get a good one A good dc buck doesn't cost much.
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Openplotter is well worth being the first thing to try, it's so powerful and works straight away. Just be wry of power supplies though, Pi3 doesn't use that much but needs plenty of spare power - get a good one A good dc buck doesn't cost much.
If the red power LED flickers more than once every few seconds while it's running then get a better power supply. Remember that plugging additional devices into the USB ports requires more power too.
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Yes, its best not to power anything else from Pi.
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Yes, its best not to power anything else from Pi.
Decent buck converter can power the Pi and a powered USB hub, think that's what a lot of people do.
Latest raspbian has a little lightning bolt symbol top right of the screen as an under voltage warning, used to be a rainbow square.
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The lightning symbol is great but only if you have a HDMI screen connected, if you are running headless then you won’t see it. :-(
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The lightning symbol is great but only if you have a HDMI screen connected, if you are running headless then you won’t see it. :-(
True, but pretty sure you will see it setting it up over VNC, I very rarely turn on the monitor - usually either VNC on a laptop or SSH for a terminal.

Can't say if it's there for sure, it never comes on
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On Raspberry Pi3 when I try to edit settings of Statusbar it closes the main settings menu and leave only the Statusbar settings menu open which mean any changes does not save on exit
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On Raspberry Pi3 when I try to edit settings of Statusbar it closes the main settings menu and leave only the Statusbar settings menu open which mean any changes does not save on exit
Are you talking about the status bar plugin menu or the main options menu in OpenCPN itself? Can you post a screen shot so we can see what you see?
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Are you talking about the status bar plugin menu or the main options menu in OpenCPN itself? Can you post a screen shot so we can see what you see?
Yes the plugin menu open and the main settings menu closes as soon as statusbar plugin open.
Will post screenshot when back at boat.
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