Monthly Archives: May 2012

Quake 3 running on a PI

There were rumours about his before launch. but it’s true.  rather and make a complete tutorial for this.  The answer lies in a 5 step process.  First, get the Debian Squeeze install of linux for the PI.  This is available at here.

Next follow the instructions on this site

once installed, all you need to do use type

cd /home/pi/quake3
sudo ./

to get the game running.

Linux running on the PI.

The Raspberry PI is supposed to be an educational tool.  For that, the good folks over as the Raspberry Foundation made a few linux installs available off the shelf.  You can always buy the pre build SD card, or if you are more adventurous can always cut your own.

I did this using the Debian Squeeze linux, simply download the image from and use Win32DiskImager to put the image onto the SD card.

Once running, you’ll get to the login prompt.

The username is pi and the password is raspberry.


At this point you’ll be at a command prompt.  not very helpful for a beginner, but don’t worry, type  startx press enter and you’ll get the GUI interface.

What will my PI be for?

Raspberry PI logoWhat use is the Raspberry PI for me?   The biggest surprise for this little device is that is has the graphics capability to play full 1080P HD movies. Combine that it’s cheap, low power consumption and yet has enough power to play full HD content.  This device could shape up to be a really nice media streaming device.


Indeed that is what the Raspbmc project is all about.  This project is going to be fantastic once it’s out of beta. Just think about this for a moment XMBC running on a PI.  This silent device, yes silent.  No moving parts at all. Providing a way to use the PI as a complete media streaming solution.  This project alone really does take the biscuit.  It’s brilliant.


I have a collection of about 150 DVD’s, these are clotting up my living room.  Well actually I already ripped them to be WMV files but they won’t play on the PI, (something about codec licensing)  But having a media centre where I can watch and Film, iPlayer and even use the AirPlay features of my iPhone, this is really going to be something to watch.

My Pi

My Raspberry PI with inserted SD card.

Raspberry PI with 8GB SD card.

I came home on friday night to find a jiffy bag waiting behind my door.  The content was my Raspberry PI.

So, this is the Model B card.  What exactly did I get for my £30 (ish)?  Actually, it was just the board. Nothing else at all.  In truth, it is a hell of a lot for the money.  Fully working computer, with 2 USB connections, 10/100 Mbps Network port, HDMI, Composite video and 2 channel audio output.  10 GP IO pins, 2 ribbon cable connectors (one has been seen in test with a camera attached) and on the other side of the board, there is a standard sized SD card slot.