I recently got a new Garmin satnav (2569LMT-D) great sat nav with lifetime maps, lifetime trafic via DAB, 2 years speedcam updates and bluetooth.
Which then left the older Nuvi 50, I had planned to retire this old one with outdated maps, I could buy new maps from Garmin but if was more than half what I paid for the original unit. So after a bit of research I found OpenStreetMap and easily loaded new maps to the old satnav.
Once downloaded, unzip and copy over to an SD card in a folder called “map”.
Put SD card into satnav, wait to boot, settings, maps, untick the garmin one and leave the new one ticked. Sorted. I could have wiped the old maps and loaded directly to the internal memory but its so easy just to load from the SD card I didn’t bother.
Its still a slow satnav compared with the new one and doesn’t have the latest speed cam updates, traffic or bluetooth but handy as a backup.
to be clear – OpenStreetMap is opensource – these are not pirated maps
I have a monitor that is connected to another pc and a pi, up until now I have had to swap cables when I wanted to use the pi/pc and it was getting tedious.
As I read that some don’t play nicely with the pi, I was assuming that it might be tricky to find one that works – however this duronic hdmi switch works perfectly (even the auto switching) with the pc and pi. The only issue is the blindly bright blue LED – seen below covered with a square of post it.Connected as follows:
So the little Lepai amp stopped working this week (original post here), after a bit of investigation which I originally assumed the amp has failed, but by swapping over the PSU for another one it appeared that the PSU had given up the ghost and not the amp.
What ensued was a quiet couple of days of quiet while waiting for the new PSU to arrive.I choose to upgrade the PSU to a 12v 5amp rather than 12v 2amp that I was previously using. The amp can work with both and will just draw the power it requires, some have concluded an improvement in sound quality when using a 5amp supply. The old was was a samsung one left over from an external hard drive and was already a couple of years old.
Anyhow hopefully this will last longer than 11 months!
So the garage pc was a little noisy so I decided to take a look to see why and try to reduce the noise a little. I was hoping to be able to use the stock cooler from my newer AMD chip which has previously been upgraded (Link). Case open and here it is, its a very old athlon pc but it runs the latest version of xubuntu fine. The CPU cooler looks clogged with dust.
After a visit to Silverstone Classic I uploaded all the photos and then formatted the card in the camera. I totally forgot about videos that were also shot. So being none too hopefully I looked online for software to try to recover them. I use a sony camera which shoots in AVCHD Format.
First call was Recuva, this software worked fast and recovered all the photos but not the videos – I already had them.
Up next was EaseUS Data Recovery, this worked and found the video files but only 1gb can be recovered with the free version, these files were in excess of this so the search continued.
Then I tried PhotoRec, this open source software runs in the terminal and works great. It’s reasonably easy to use, good online guide here. I set the options to find any file except .jpg as I had them already, it took a long time to scan the card but found all the videos from the day and dropped them into a folder.
PhotoRec is available on windows and Linux and worked a treat, interesting to note that the Recuva software recovered lots more photos that I was expecting, photos over a year old where the camera had been formatted multiple times but obviously data had never been overwritten.
After a bit of ebay loitering I managed to pick up a cheap ps3 superslim 12gb console, mainly as i’ve never really bothered with gaming at all. Anyhow £75 later I had a PS3 which was barely used and arrived with some games. Then after a bit more ebaying I picked up a collection of second hand games cheaply which all arrived.
Then after getting some more games I ran out of space on the ps3, so instead of just buying a 2.5″HDD, I bought an SSD for the server (link) and then moved the 2.5″ 500gb Hitachi HDD from the server into the PS3.
I had to get a bracket for the HDD, so £3ish later this arrived.
See server build post here, as I thought I had encountered hardware issues, I swapped out the stock cooler with something a bit better. The Arctic Alpine 64GT rev.2 is a cheap (less than £10) upgrade and the larger fan should in theory be a little quieter and the bigger heatsink so be more efficient.
Here is the motherboard with stock cooler
The new Cooler
Cooler much bigger than the original
To fit, I just removed the old one, cleaned the CPU with isopropyl alcohol to remove the old thermal paste and clipped the cooler in. It arrived pre-applied with thermal paste.
I wanted a server for a while to take care of streaming music, streaming films, backup documents, photo storage, print server and anything else I need. I avoided the cheaper generally low powered NAS’s (I have a raspberry Pi that could do that) and decided to essentially build another pc to perform these tasks. It would be more powerful and offer more functionality. It will however cost more to run and take up more space. But I was happy with that.
AMD APU A6-6400K (second hand)
MSI motherboard A88XM-E35 – FM2 socket
4GB Generic RAM – now upgraded to corsair 1600mhz 4GB
500gb Hitachi HDD – now upgraded to 120GB PNY Optima SSD
Following on from the last bed build (see part 1, part 2), I made a second one. This time a full UK double size rather than a UK small double. As it was a full double I again added the centre 2×4″ and also a centre leg for extra strength.Frame made in the same way as before, 4×1″ for the legs, 2×4″ for the frame and 1×4″ for the slats. Prior to assembly, I cut everything to size, sanded it and varnished with water based polyurethane (dries much faster than oil based).