C extension for MicroPython on Raspberry Pi Pico

This is a guide on how to write and run a basic C extension for MicroPython on the Raspberry Pi Pico. I will cover reasons for extending MicroPython, how to write the extension module, how to compile it and how to install it on the Pico. If you want to read more about this topic,…

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Raspberry Pi Pico Video Output

TL;DR The Raspberry Pi Pico is an incredible little microcontroller. While it does not have a video output interface built-in, like it’s bigger Raspberry Pi Zero / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 400 brethren (HDMI / double HDMI in their case), it is possible to add a video output to the Pico!…

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Raspberry Pi Pico and MicroPython on Windows

This article answers the question: How do I use the Raspberry Pi Pico with MicroPython on Windows? We also show how to install the right driver for “Board CDC” (which the Pico will show up as once MicroPython is installed) on Windows 8.1. (Also we will discuss the differences to CircuitPython where applicable – where…

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All about SD card / microSD card health on the Raspberry Pi

The SD card is – next to the power supply – a critical additional component of the Raspberry Pi. Monitoring it’s health is really important to ensure a smooth operation of your Raspberry Pi operating system, and a good user experience. This article will show you several ways how to check and monitor the health…

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Ultimate List of unusual but really useful Linux shell commands

This is a compilation of lesser known Linux shell commands – but really useful ones. Useful as in: saving time, giving you additional tools to do things you couldn’t before, but also entertaining. Enjoy reading, and let us know in the comments if there are additional tools we should add! Installation instructions will be for…

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How to read your monitor’s EDID on a Raspberry Pi

Note: previously, a function to read the EDID used to be available with the standalone version of PiDoctor. This version has been discontinued, and the functionality to read the EDID is not implemented into the new PiCockpit PiDoctor app yet, therefore I’m going to give you manual instructions how to read the EDID in this…

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How to use RealVNC on a Raspberry Pi (remote desktop)

This guide shows you how to connect to your Raspberry Pi using RealVNC. Use RealVNC to easily access your Raspberry Pi’s desktop from your main computer, to transfer files and share the clipboard. This is really convenient if, for example, you don’t want to get an additional monitor for the Raspberry Pi. Terminology: VNC, RealVNC,…

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Tour through PiCockpit 2020

Want to find out what PiCockpit is all about? Check out the video below, with the latest PiCockpit features in 2020: Here’s a transcript of the guided tour: Welcome to PiCockpit. PiCockpit is a web interface to monitor and control your Raspberry Pis. You can use it for free for up to 5 Pis!This video…

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Minecraft server on Raspberry Pi

Minecraft is one of the most popular games ever created. You can play it with your friends in multiplayer game mode. Did you know that a Raspberry Pi 4 is powerful enough to run a Minecraft server? In this article, you’ll learn the basics of which different variations exist, a little bit of the history…

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23 fun Raspberry Pi 400 facts

The new Raspberry Pi 400 is a completely new form factor for Raspberry Pi (the company). We’ve compiled a list of 23 facts about the Raspberry Pi – including some unusual ones! Enjoy, and let us know in the comments whether you know additional weird facts about the Raspberry Pi 400. #1 Raspberry Pi 300…

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