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    Some Rasberry Pi / LMS questions for a complete beginner.

    Hello

    I'm going to have a go at building my own LMS player.

    Am I right to think Rasberry Pi is the best way to go?

    I've seen these instructions -- are they still valid? Where are the audio inputs and outputs? I can't make it out from reading.

    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...t=raspberry+pi

    Does this starter kit on ebay contain all that I need?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Raspberry...QAAOSwDTNatQxk

    Anything else I should be aware of before starting?
    Last edited by mandryka; 2019-05-17 at 08:18.

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    Everything you need for a basic player apart from a suitable audio cable is in that kit.
    It will be basic as it will be using the onboard audio out (3.5mm jack socket).
    There is no audio input socket and you don’t need one for an LMS player.
    To make it more audiophile you would either add a HAT DAC or use a USB DAC
    Try PiCorePlayer first if you are a complete newbie. There is loads of support in the Linux/Unix section and lots of howto’s at their web site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d6jg View Post
    Everything you need for a basic player apart from a suitable audio cable is in that kit.
    It will be basic as it will be using the onboard audio out (3.5mm jack socket).
    There is no audio input socket and you don’t need one for an LMS player.
    To make it more audiophile you would either add a HAT DAC or use a USB DAC
    Try PiCorePlayer first if you are a complete newbie. There is loads of support in the Linux/Unix section and lots of howto’s at their web site.
    +1 for piCorePlayer. I've built two of these (one with HAT DAC for feeding analog inputs and one with DIGI+ HAT for feeding a DAC). If you can follow simple instructions and snap something together, it is dead simple. And software setup easy. In both cases I'm also running LMS on the rPi units. Be sure and see:

    https://www.picoreplayer.org/
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    One important thing to be aware of before you start: Patience!

    Be prepared to be patient with yourself and with the project. You may encounter problems and setbacks along the way. They will probably be minor, and will turn out to be easily corrected. A little extra thought may be all that's required to solve the problem. Or you may need to ask for advice, in which case you will probably find plenty of people willing to help, as long as you can remain calm.

    In other words, Don't Panic!

    It's also possible, although not likely, that you will encounter a more significant problem. I had one Raspberry Pi that was non-functional on arrival and had clearly been modified. I was able to return it and start over with a working unit. It delayed the project a few days, but otherwise, no harm.

    Just remember that it's all a learning process. Whatever path you take to complete it, you should end up with more knowledge than you started with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandryka View Post
    Anything else I should be aware of before starting?
    https://forums.slimdevices.com/showt...t=raspberry+pi

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    Thanks for all these replies, I've ordered the starter pack from ebay and will work on it as soon as it arrives.

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    Make sure you order a sufficient power supply for the pi. Even then I once got a defective PSU which I needed to return.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandryka View Post
    Thanks for all these replies, I've ordered the starter pack from ebay and will work on it as soon as it arrives.
    I see the kit you ordered comes with an SD card (NOOBS), if you intend using the Pi as a player or player and LMS only, then you don't need NOOBS, just download piCorePlayer and burn it to a micro SD Card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidstypike View Post
    I see the kit you ordered comes with an SD card (NOOBS), if you intend using the Pi as a player or player and LMS only, then you don't need NOOBS, just download piCorePlayer and burn it to a micro SD Card.

    https://www.picoreplayer.org/
    Just a card like this?

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Micro-SD-...4AAOSwPIhaNuch

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    The kit that you have ordered already has an SD card in it.
    The suggestion was to overwrite the contents of it when it arrives.

    Edit: Probably it is a micro SD card with an adapter to make it work with SD slots as well - which is absolutely fine.
    Last edited by Paul Webster; 2019-05-03 at 01:45.
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