Sunday, March 29, 2015

Raspberry PI 2 CarPC

Hi,

Here are the updates I have recently worked on:
 - Raspberry PI 2 support
 - KODI 14.1
 - linux kernel 3.18.7-v7 with touchscreen drivers(thanks to Chris Coat)
 - radio backend fixed to support RDS RadioText and better RDS StationName
 - interrupts are coming from WiringPI C library instead of Python via sockets
 - new skin from Doru(new Skin Settings page)
 - CarPC folder now lives in /opt/ instead of /home/pi/
 - boot process schematic
 - code is moving to github(https://github.com/aistodorescu)

You can install the build using one of the two tutorials:
 - advanced users guide
 - beginner users guide (thanks to Piero Longega)

Please don't forget about the forum for any comments.

Some screenshots:
Home screen

 
FM radio with RDS

Kodi Settings page

Skin Settings

Skin Settings - Buttons


Enjoy and keep your eyes on the road while driving!

124 comments:

  1. Hello Andrei
    I'm really like this skin. Could I use this skin with RPi B+?.
    #iNapst

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    1. Hi,
      Of course, the skin can be found on Github(https://github.com/bboyandru/skin.CarPC-touch_carbon).

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  2. Andrei,

    When I use the shutdown button on the KODI interface and tell the system to power off, the KODI GUI goes away but I am still left with the navigation screen. Is there any way I can get the system to power completely down and not to revert to this?

    I am trying to SSH into the RPi from my linux desktop and it is asking for a password. I did change it to a when first starting the process as instructed but that is not working. Any reason why that might be?

    The last thing is, command line, how would I access that from KODI?

    Thank you

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  3. nice Job, works fine

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  4. Nice work . Is it possible to use a bigger screen ? Maybe 8 inches

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  5. Hello andrei

    im unable to use touch in kodi interface its working in raspbian using xinput calibration but after install of carpc the touch is not working i tried going in programs and calibrating it but no luck
    on typing lsusb the egalax display is shown
    any help please?

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    1. Hi i have the same Problem with my raspberry pi 7" Touchscreen

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  7. Hello, thanks for the amazing job!
    Just a suggestion - would it be possible to create a plugin for video recording including preview? That would be very nice feature having in mind that Raspberry PI camera is amazing product with exellent software support.
    I currently use it and it is recording in background but I would like to see video preview integrated in KODI.

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  9. Hey how can i update Kodi? I need USB Soundcard function.

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  10. Hi Andrei! I loaded raspbian, but I can not download kodi. carpc image exactly work? I could not unpack separately rpi-carpc-update.tar.gz. its give me error

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  11. Necesito que me ayudes!! no puedo instalarlo!

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  12. Hi, it is cool idea. Get it Raspberry Pi 2 to the car :-) Car with Raspberry is One level UP ! :-) I thing about it too. :-)

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  13. Hi there Andrei,
    I'm planning on starting a similar project for my young timer soon and after reading your entire blog I have to ask you a few questions about something:

    - Did you manage to get the car's FM antenna connected to the FM module or you have a separate antenna? What about the ohm rating mismatch people on pi forums talk about, do you have good reception?
    - What about bluetooth handsfree? I'm looking on implementing bluetooth handsfree, pair my smartphone and answer\receive calls using the car's sound system. I still have to read and test HFP for Linux and other stuff.

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  15. Hi is it possible to just use this as a loader skin for a Android tablet.
    The reason I ask is because I'm using kodi for android on my tab and now using your skin. Luv it!
    Can I substitute the navigation for an nav app of my choosing? ie: iGO, Sygic etc.
    Also can I substitute the FM Radio button for a streaming radio app of my choosing too? ie: Pandora, Spotify etc.
    And IMHO the power and programs buttons should be moved down at the bottom left of screen border, to free up the navigation and programs button for something else.
    All in all, this is a excellent skin for kodi when using in a vehicle.
    I just wish that this can be used on a tablet without having to use a Raspberry Pi2.
    Thanks for this wonderful skin.
    Cheers.

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  16. Hello guys I'm new here and need help
    someone send me video how to make this plz
    because I'm trying make like that but I'm not successful

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  17. Hi, I just installed carpc20150329.zip but I started navi, missing me not to start the carpc system like the pictures? :(

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  18. Hi! I have RP2 and my system is extremely slow... Can you help?

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    1. I have changed the sdcard with a new one, reinstall everything and now it's ok! :)

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    2. you tell me where download the installer? I lower my one and only start the navi, I have a raspberry 2

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  19. it does not work... i tried it several times.... could you please check, of u can install it like your tut is?

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  20. it does not work... i tried it several times.... could you please check, of u can install it like your tut is?

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  21. Go to forum and you guys find some help !! For sure .

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  22. That's really cool idea i like this .
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  23. Hey, would you be available to chat, via irc or some other method?

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  24. Great stuff your blog and the entire project seems to be built so that it is permanent in the car. I live in India where the Car burglars would like steal it the first oportunity they get! I am planning a removable build so that the Display and system can be removed and carried away with you from the car if desired. I will create a detailed sequence of the build so that anyone may follow each step and build variances wherever it is needed from their cars. I have a Mahindra XYLO- 8 seater which has a 2 DIN space available. I am starting the build with the official Pi2 7" DSI LCD screen. Below are some of the features I will add...
    1. Large HDMI screen at the rear for the viewers at the Back(the front screen will not display the video image during video playback.
    2. A Bluetooth adapter with Hand free preferably USB based.( Any ideas on this one)
    3. An external shut down mechanism for the RPi2, the Audio Amps, GPS adapter and ext hard disk.Will be building switch mode adapters for the system, one for the PI and one for the Display.
    4. Slide out mechanism for the display screen.(Any ideas on this one?)
    5. An external USB and Aux input on the front panel.
    6. Adding a Steering wheel controller and steering wheel controls instead of rotary encoders for on-road safety
    I have several questions I would be asking as the build progresses and I hope I can ask them here. If not please tell me where I may do so. Since I like your blog and the way things are presented I would like to contribute if possible.

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  25. Hey, Does it run on the Raspberry PI 2b

    thx Kay

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  26. Hi

    Will it work with RDA5807M fm module?
    If someone make it work please tell me how.

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  28. really great work. will try this. but one question. is it possible to change the programms with a connected rear-cam? is the menue flexible or are only video, navigateion, radio, music, programms, shutdown possible?
    anyone expierience with this?
    tanks

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  29. Hi, That CarMediaCenter will work on Orange Pi2?

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  30. Will this work with satellite (XM)radio (USA) as well? and will this eliminate the use of a separate GPS?

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  31. Hi I try to put the carpc folder in opt but I get a message that I don't have permission

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  32. I did all the steps put the carpc in home/pi and install but after everything is done it reboot and it starts good but then the screen goes completely white and after ocouple of minutes kodi comes up but it crashed if I try to used the keyboard arrow to moved did any body have this problem

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    1. Hello Angel,
      I have the same issues where my screen goes white and other similar things you are describing. Did you ever manage to fix this issue?
      Hope you can help
      -Alex

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  33. I did all the steps put the carpc in home/pi and install but after everything is done it reboot and it starts good but then the screen goes completely white and after ocouple of minutes kodi comes up but it crashed if I try to used the keyboard arrow to moved did any body have this problem

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  34. hello Andrei :)

    First of all you have done a good work here, and thank you for this :)

    I try to install the carpc and I always get the following errors, when it's very close to finish:

    1:
    sudo cp -r /home/pi/carpc/rpi-carpc-update/
    cp -r /home/pi/carpc/rpi-carpc-update/
    /
    kodi.bin: no process found

    2:
    cp: cannot stat ‘/home/pi/carpc/rpi-carpc-update//home/pi/startup/loading_video.mp4’: No such file or directory


    I tried it for many times, and I always get these error

    Can you help me please?

    Thank you!

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    1. i have the same problem but in addition to kodi.bin not being found, carpc-controller and navit also say no process found

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    2. have you been able to figure this out?

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    3. rename carpc20150329 folder to carpc

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    4. I have the same problem with kodi.bin not being found, carpc-controller and navit also say no process found.
      Someone solved the problem ?
      Thank you

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  35. please are you sure this work with satellite (XM)radio (USA) as well? and will this eliminate the use of a separate GPS?

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  36. Even me sir I tried it for many times, and I always get these error


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  39. Hi, What LCD TFT screens do you recommend for using with this project?

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  40. Have you done anything with integrating OBD tools into this head unit and/or using a Bluetooth receiver to tether your phone?

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  41. Could this be used as a port in RetroPie? RetroPie currently supports a Kodi install from it's experimental software list. That version of Kodi is then bootable from the ports menu.

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  42. It doesent work, i testet it with raspberry B+, raspberry2, with raspbian wheezy and jessie in two Versions the second from 2016. Its always the same Error:
    kodi... directory not found....file or directory not found...

    I give all rights with chmod , but the same Error.... I think this Project is too old....

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    1. I get the same error did you ever solve?

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  43. under "Programs", what goes there?

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  44. Not working ....i tried 4 versions of wheezy..its only loads the navit after the video loads the navit only,not the kodi..
    Many files are missing throught the installing
    i also tried the img.its loads the kodi but without the fm plugin
    It will be nice if there was the fm script for si4703 for openelec or osmc

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  45. Is this working for RPI 3? Anyone?

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  46. Is this working for RPI 3? Anyone?

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    1. Not for me - Can't get Weezy to work on Pi 3, and seems that there are issues in Jessie that make this in (very hopefule!) need of an upgrade to work in Jessie on Pi 3.

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  47. I'm trying to install this but when I run it I get this error:
    /usr/local/lib/kodi/kodi.bin: error while loading shared libraries: libgcrypt.so.11 wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64

    It will not load... suggestions?

    Thanks and GREAT JOB on this!!!

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  50. Looks like there's some progress on this running in Jessie on a Pi 3:
    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4UJhIuKCzzfclFKemg4UnJqcTg

    It would always stall at the 4 gig mark for me, until I used Firefox to download. You can go into your settings and switch the language from German to English,I thinkunder the Appearance section under Setup.
    I still can't get it to see my wireless or camera. But I'm WAY new at this so that doesn't mean much.
    If any of you guys can figure more of this out give us a heads up!

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    1. i got the wireless to work by going in to Raspbian and select Wireless in there enter passcode then reboot and all works fine in the Kodi CarPi

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  53. Noob question I am having trouble trying to transfer the files over to the sd card. Can anyone help me out?

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  54. Is there some plan to make installer for raspberry 3.

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  55. Is there a step by step tut on what is needed and how to put hardware together? I've been reading through the post but haven't found what I'm looking for. I have the pi 3b

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  57. Hi All! Great post! Quick question I am planning to build this set but not sure which RPI to buy 2 or 3. The 3 is prefferable for me but seems like it's not working as expected. Can anyone Confirm whether PI 3 is causing issues? Thanks in advance.

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  59. Can anyone Confirm whether PI 3 is causing issues?

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  61. Hello everybody and sorry for my English but I am an Italian boy.
    I would like to make a car pc 28th raspberry pi 3 model B.
    I have just bought all the components.
    But I have two problems:
    The first is that I don't know how to install the operating system and what to install.
    The second is that I don't know where I can download the operating system.
    Thanks you so much.
    If you would like to help me, contact me on email address: asalvi.falcone@gmail.com

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  62. Hello everybody and sorry for my English but I am an Italian boy.
    I would like to make a car pc 28th raspberry pi 3 model B.
    I have just bought all the components.
    But I have two problems:
    The first is that I don't know how to install the operating system and what to install.
    The second is that I don't know where I can download the operating system.
    Thanks you so much.
    If you would like to help me, contact me on email address: asalvi.falcone@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, did you have any luck? I'm going to be doing the same and have the same obstacles as you. Please email me at mrivas.lll@gmail.com if you were successful thanks

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  64. Any way to get this to work on a Raspi 3?

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  65. I too would like to know about this.

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    1. Mainly, will this DIY work on a raspberry pi 3?

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  66. Is this project supported anymore ?!

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  67. hello everybody,
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  72. hi did this work on a raspberry pi 3?

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  77. i followed the steps and my Raspberry Pi 3 gets stuck on restart and displays rainbow... I need to know if there is a fix for that to work on RPi 3
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  80. Hi Guys,
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