Apt-get saga!

This topic concludes 2 previous topics I started - ‘raspberry pi to particle cloud’ and ‘installation issues with raspberry’. It combines issues with hardware, firmware, software, suppliers, and the CE forum!

  1. I purchased a photon from CE and then found that I could also add an rpi to the particle cloud: https://docs.particle.io/datasheets/discontinued/raspberry-pi/
    Numerous attempts to do this failed. I then tried installing games and when this did not work I thought my raspbian installation might be faulty.

  2. I restored my previously archived raspbian installation using windsk32 to a new SD card and restarted but then found that the raspberry pi monitor was not working! I was able to use another monitor using the HDMI input but could see that there were still installation issues with the apt-get process.

  3. In desperation I went to Altronics where they quickly diagnosed a fault in the ribbon cable that connects the rpi to the 7 inch monitor. They did not have this cable in stock so I went to Jaycar and purchased a camera module that had the cable included (sorry to include competitors but it was Sunday and I live in Melb!)

  4. With the new cable in place all seemed to be working except for the installation issues.

  5. I checked the CE responses to some of my posts and found that the issue might be with the sources.list file buried in the raspbian installation under /etc/apt. I made some changes to this so it referred to the latest version of raspbian
    deb http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stable main contrib non-free rpi
    # Uncomment line below then ‘apt-get update’ to enable ‘apt-get source’
    deb-src http://archive.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stretch main contrib non-free rpi

  6. When I rebooted etc - apt-get now worked!

  7. I was able to install the particle software and this worked! I can see the raspberry pi on the particle cloud!

  8. Lessons learned - how to attach ribbon cables, use of fora, how the apt-get process worked

  9. Thanks to CE forum for assistance