If you have a Raspberry Pi connected to an external hard drive and you keep it on all the time then you may find that the external hard drive continues to stay spinning, even though you aren’t reading anything from it. I have two problems with that:
1) Waste of energy (negligible but still)
The noise part annoys me the most because I like a little peace and quiet around the home 🙂
Anyway, I’m using a Seagate Expansion External Hard drive (3Tb) and it never stopped spinning…I found a solution! Follow these steps:
1) Run this command
sudo nano /etc/hdparm.conf
This will open the hdparm.conf file for editing.
2) Look for the line “# -B apm setting” and observe the line that follows. My one looked like this:
# apm = x
where x = some value.
3) Remove the # from the start of the line, and change the 127 to 1.
4) Hit Ctrl+X and press Y to save the file.
5) Reboot your RPi
In Linux, the hdparam program is used to get/set hard drive parameter, see http://linux.die.net/man/8/hdparm. You can achieve the above by entering this:
sudo hdparm -B 1 /dev/sda2
/dev/sda2 is the hard drive’s device path
1 means highest power management (254 is lowest power management)
The bad part is that you have to run that command each time you reboot your RPi. However, by editing the /etc/hdparm.conf file, it is automatically applied at boot time and it becomes the default setting for all hard drives.
If you’re like me and:
1) want to keep using Linux commands on Windows
2) want to learn/remember more Linux commands
3) hate using DOS commands
then install Cygwin! So what is Cygwin?? Quoting from their website “a collection of tools which provide a Linux look and feel environment for Windows“.
Yep it feels good to use “ls” on Windows 🙂
I got the webcam streaming from the RPi! Woo hoo! Here’s what I did, I set up the following in /etc/avserver.conf:
ACL allow localhost
ACL allow 192.168.0.0 192.168.255.255
Then, I ran the command:
avserver & avconv -v verbose -s 320x240 -input_format mjpeg -f video4linux2 -i /dev/video0 http://localhost/webcam.ffm
And voila! Yes, the stream does lag quite a bit (about 3 seconds) but it’s a step in the right direction 🙂
I received my Logitech C200 yesterday and it was as small as I thought. I just plugged it in and installed the uvccapture software:
sudo apt-get install uvccapture
Then, I was able to take a snapshot with the following command:
uvccapture -S80 -B80 -C80 -G80 -x640 -y480
To take a video:
ffmpeg -f video4linux2 -input_format mjpeg -i /dev/video0 out.mpeg
NOTE: the names of the “ff” programs have changed
ffmpeg is now avconv.
ffserver is now avserver.
ffprobe is now avprobe.
ffplay is now avplay.