I protect my Raspberry Pi with a self made carton case.
The model I followed can be found here, but i modded it a bit to keep it easly closed.
This is my final result.
When you download a Raspmc (Raspberry Pi Media Center) image it’s a .zip file.
If you want to check the content of the file you must find a way to mount the image.
- a pc with GNU/Linux
- a user with root permissions on the pc
- the image you want to analyze (download from the site)
- first of all unzip the archive
$ unzip installer.zip
- you’ll notice one file: installer.img that’s an image of a block device:
$ file installer.img
installer.img: x86 boot sector; partition 1: ID=0xc, starthead 0, startsector 2048, 131072 sectors; partition 2: ID=0x83, starthead 3, startsector 133120, 251904 sectors, code offset 0xb8
- create a mount point
$ mkdir /tmp/mnt-installer
- if your “file” output gives you less informations, you can examine the image structure (sizes in Sectors) with the following command
$ sfdisk -uS -l installer.img
Disk installer.img: cannot get geometry
Disk installer.img: 24 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Warning: The partition table looks like it was made
for C/H/S=*/4/32 (instead of 24/255/63).
For this listing I'll assume that geometry.
Units = sectors of 512 bytes, counting from 0
Device Boot Start End #sectors Id System
installer.img1 2048 133119 131072 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
installer.img2 133120 385023 251904 83 Linux
installer.img3 0 - 0 0 Empty
installer.img4 0 - 0 0 Empty
- take a note of what you want to mount, i.e. img2 (Linux filesystem) as I highlighted
- with root permissions, mount the desired partition on the previous created path (133120 is the Start sector taken from the last output)
$ sudo mount -o loop,offset=$(( 512 * 133120)) installer.img /tmp/mnt-installer
- check the content
$ ls -lAtr /tmp/mnt-installer
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jul 21 2010 selinux
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Mar 27 23:44 sys
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 7 17:28 proc
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 7 17:28 mnt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 7 17:28 home
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 May 7 17:28 boot
drwx------ 2 root root 16384 Jun 18 02:26 lost+found
drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 root
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 srv
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 opt
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 media
drwxr-xr-x 13 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 var
drwxr-xr-x 10 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 usr
drwxrwxrwt 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:27 tmp
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:31 sbin
drwxr-xr-x 9 root root 12288 Jun 18 02:31 lib
drwxr-xr-x 43 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:31 etc
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:31 bin
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Jun 18 02:31 dev
- when you have done, unmount the filesystem
$ sudo umount /tmp/mnt-installer
Maybe you don’t know, but you can use an old CRT TV as a monitor for the Raspberry Pi.
Find a SCART and some cables for audio and video and you are done.
- a cable for the video: it’s a cable with the same type of audio/video plug in each end. The standard color is yellow.
- a cable for the audio: in this case you must have an end with a 3.5mm stereo audio plug and the other one with 2 audio/video plugs. The standard colors are red and white.
- a SCART adapter suitable for input with audio/video
Than you have to connect the cables as you can easily imagine.
The only thing to keep in mind is to set the SCART adapter to “INPUT”:
The trick does not need any additional work if you use a NTSC TV.
If you are in Europe and you use PAL systems (like me), you must create a config file in the /boot/ path of the Raspberry Pi while it’s running and configure the appropriate parameter.
# Set stdv mode to PAL (as used in Europe)
Overscan parameters allow you to set a proper margin if you see that the image is not centered.