[Solved] Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

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[Solved] Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK3KYY » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:51 am

EDIT

This problem has been solved by installing the RC2 version of PiStar based on Raspbian Stretch and because Andy has updated the installGUI.sh script.

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Does anyone know if its possible to install the PiStar GUI script on the RPi 3B+ ?

http://pistar.uk/downloads/installGUI.sh

as explained in this blog post

http://kd2iff.com/node/19

Apparently it works on some older Raspberry Pi boards, but when I tried to run the script on my RPi 3B+, it fails.
I manually executed each step in the script and one thing which seemed to fail to install is

sudo apt-get install -y raspberrypi-ui-mods

Which I think is this

https://github.com/RPi-Distro/raspberrypi-ui-mods

But I'm not sure what it does

Anyway, without it, the best I can get (after making an empty .xsession file, since none was present), is a GUI login prompt, on a HDMI screen

But when I login, I briefly get a black screen and then get logged out again.
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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by KC3MLA » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:13 am

http://www.pistar.uk/beta/

I'm running it on a P3B+ and it works fine.
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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK3KYY » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:53 am

KC3MLA wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:13 am
http://www.pistar.uk/beta/

I'm running it on a P3B+ and it works fine.
Strange

It would not install for me.

I'll do a clean install of PiStar and try again

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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by KE0FHS » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:54 am

VK3KYY, did you catch that the link KC3MLA shared is to the beta version of Pi-Star? The regular version of Pi-Star found at http://www.pistar.uk/downloads/ will not work on the RPi 3B+, but the beta version found at http://www.pistar.uk/beta/ works just fine.
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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK3KYY » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:05 am

Thanks.

I know I have to use the Beta version of PiStar for the 3B+

The question was about installing PiStar GUI, which is the HDMI display output, onto the 3B+

I have PiStar runing fine on my 3B+, but I can't install the HDMI display stuff. i.e When you connect a monitor directly to the PiStar, and it auto starts a web browser on the RPi etc

I presume that the reply from KC3MLA read the question, and understood that this is not just the basic PiStar installation, its the additional GUI installation to allow the RPi to directly drive a monitor or TV etc

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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK7HSE » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:40 am

VK3KYY wrote:Does anyone know if its possible to install the PiStar GUI script on the RPi 3B+ ?

http://pistar.uk/downloads/installGUI.sh

as explained in this blog post

http://kd2iff.com/node/19

Apparently it works on some older Raspberry Pi boards, but when I tried to run the script on my RPi 3B+, it fails.
I manually executed each step in the script and one thing which seemed to fail to install is

sudo apt-get install -y raspberrypi-ui-mods

Which I think is this

https://github.com/RPi-Distro/raspberrypi-ui-mods

But I'm not sure what it does

Anyway, without it, the best I can get (after making an empty .xsession file, since none was present), is a GUI login prompt, on a HDMI screen

But when I login, I briefly get a black screen and then get logged out again.
Hi Roger,

I tried this script just prior to Xmas on a Pi zero and it failed due to broken dependencies

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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK3KYY » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:26 am

VK7HSE wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:40 am
Hi Roger,

I tried this script just prior to Xmas on a Pi zero and it failed due to broken dependencies
...
Sounds similar to what I experienced on the 3B+

FYI.
VK4JWT managed to get it to work on a RPi 2, so it looks like it does work on some platforms.

I think he also said he got it to work on a Zero (or Zero W) but it was unusably slow (but I'll need to double check with him to see thats what happened)

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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by MW0MWZ » Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:44 pm

I'm not at all surprised - I don't maintain the script, or how it works, and have always said that its not a supported or supportable thing to do.
However since its currently clearly broken, I'll work on it with Mike and make sure we at least leave a working copy up there.
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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK7HSE » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:17 pm

MW0MWZ wrote:I'm not at all surprised - I don't maintain the script, or how it works, and have always said that its not a supported or supportable thing to do.
However since its currently clearly broken, I'll work on it with Mike and make sure we at least leave a working copy up there.
I only tried it as I stumbled upon it when searching for ways to setup the kiosk for raspberry pi! So I wasn't too concerned when I failed (it wasn't on one of the many hotspots I have!) Image

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Re: Can PiStar GUI by installed on the RPi 3B+

Post by VK3KYY » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:14 am

MW0MWZ wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:44 pm
I'm not at all surprised - I don't maintain the script, or how it works, and have always said that its not a supported or supportable thing to do.
However since its currently clearly broken, I'll work on it with Mike and make sure we at least leave a working copy up there.
Me too...

I didn't necessarily expect it to work, especially since I normally use a RPi 3B+ which is still in Beta for PiStar

Someone sent me a link to the blog post by KD2IFF, and suggested it would be a good way to be able to use normal RPi displays with PiStar, rather than being limited to the small OLED's or the fairly expensive Nextion screen.
i.e its far easier to code some additional PHP pages than it is to modify and compile a new version of MMDVMHost to support other screen types.

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