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ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Nov 2014, 09:57    Post subject:  ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014
Subject description: Based on Quirky Tahr 6.0.5
 

ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014

Overview:

This is a specialised Pup for anyone who owns or intends to buy a Chromecast.
I have found that my own is excellent with YouTube but rather poor with the experimental feature of casting a browser tab.
It really comes into its own however when used with Videostream to cast local video/audio files to your TV.
Even better, fellow audiophiles can also use it to stream quality audio to their Hi-Fi.
If the audio kit lacks a HDMI input (Valve/Tube amps generally lack these!) a relatively cheap HDMI audio extractor will also be needed.

Main Features:

• Based on Quirky Tahr version 6.0.5 k3-12-6 with elements from Blue Pup.
• Chrome Stable 38.0.2125.104 with pepper flash.
• Pre-installed extensions including Google Cast & Videostream.
• Capable of booting from a “difficult” bios.
• Boot is to the desktop, then just press “enter” to launch Chrome or click on another panel icon of your choice.
• Easy two digit toggle between browser & desktop.
• Initial Chrome screen set to Chrome apps.
• Some starter bookmarks including a “readme” one detailing hot keys etc.
• Conky display with toggle switch on JWM desktop sub-menu.
• HTML5 with YouTube & with Ted Talks when displayed on YouTube.
• Skype 4.3 & Thunderbird 3.2.0
• Run or raise protection plus bash 4.1.16

The target installation device is an 8GB or larger USB2 or USB3 stick. Ideally a nano stick such as this should be used:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDCZ33-008G-B35-Cruzer-Flash-Drive/dp/B005FYNSUA

The intention is that the stick be used with a small netbook or laptop which will then act as a coffee table controller to stream
local media held on a main box or NAS that is connected by Ethernet cable to the wireless router.
Best audio quality is achieved when the video/audio is installed on an f2fs volume. NTFS is the next best choice with ext4/ext2 coming in third.
Given this arrangement, OOTB this Pup is optimised to run on small 1024x600 or 1024x768 displays. If you run it on a larger display increase
the global font size and theme fonts to suit.

Where to obtain the image: (chromecast_pup_v1.img.xz) - (339 MB)

The image plus win32diskimager-v0.7-binary together with their MD5s are to be found here:
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_iVVJCd9q09SmdYbTEtSmNkdTA&usp=sharing

Install Procedure:

Using Windows: (This is the recommended method when available)
7-Zip should be used to decompress the image.
It will decompress to 3.74GB so please ensure that you have at least that much free space available.
Use win32diskimager to place the image on the stick.

A detailed win32diskimager guide is to be found here:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=765457#765457

Using Linux: (Approx 20/30 minutes – monitor progress in HTOP)

Commence by returning the stick to its virgin state before targeting it with the image.

In Linux use Gparted to do that:

1. Click on “device” then select “Create Partition Table”

2. Create a single fat32 partition spanning the whole stick accepting all other defaults.

(Do not set any flags or change anything else)

The commands are: (substitute actual target device letter for X)

Code:
# xz --decompress --stdout chromecast_pup_v1.img.xz > /dev/sdX
# sync


(Only issue the sync command when the 1st command has finished. If the stick was seen as sdb1 you should just target sdb NOT sdb1.
Make sure the stick is not mounted before you issue the above commands)

N/B (Regardless of method used.)
If you first attempt to boot the stick on the same pc or laptop that you used to create it, make sure that before doing so, you shut down
the device and remove all mains power from it for a couple of minutes.
This will ensure that your BIOS refreshes its view of the stick and sees it as bootable.
When you boot-up, access your BIOS to place the stick at the top of your boot order.
It may appear as a bootable ZIP or USB hard disc depending on your particular BIOS.

Setup Procedure:

(If you move a working stick to another PC repeat this procedure on the new PC. It is totally transportable between PCs)

1. Boot from the stick then press F12 to access the JWM menu.

2. Access Setup/Quicksetup via the JWM menu and complete the first-run settings as usual.

3. If Xorg wizard kicks in at any point complete it.

4. If you are using an LCD display, launch Fontwizard from the JWM/desktop menu.
Ensure that all boxes are ticked & then click on apply. Restart X.

5. If the network icon in the tray has a red X through it, right click it to setup your network settings.
Delete any existing profile then at the bottom select Ethernet or wireless as appropriate.

6. Adjust your sound volume by clicking on that tray icon. If the speaker icon at any point is or becomes invisible, right click its normal position
then turn on and adjust the pcm and master volume controls which will have defaulted to off or zero level.
This can happen when a stick is moved between PCs.

N/B By default the Cups service is disabled. Enable it if and when you wish to print.

HDMI audio extractor info:
Cheapest solution.
http://tinyurl.com/1-Cheapest

Audiophile solution.
http://tinyurl.com/2-Audiophile
Note that 5.1 will not be provided by a Chromecast only stereo.
The dedicated power supply will mean that no additional power is drawn via the Chromecast.

Security Issues:

Chrome:

In order to run as root and to get Videostream working almost all the sandboxing in Chrome has been disabled.
In addition the usual warning messages associated with running in that mode have been suppressed.
Please therefore do not use this Pup for Internet banking.
For that purpose forum member Greengeek has produced a dedicated secure Pup called BanksyPup:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=93968&sid=85135aa8c02a9c937f4f243bdd8ea71d

Final Thoughts:

1. JWM has been modified and substituting a different windows manager will break most of the hotkey & run or raise features.

2. Whilst some elements from Blue Pup have been used in this specialised Pup it is simpler and targeted at small screens.
There is no Metro interface and no hot sides feature so that a touchpad or mouse may be used.
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Nov 2014, 09:59    Post subject: ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014  

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PostPosted: Sun 02 Nov 2014, 15:24    Post subject:  

Congratulation on the vastly stretched across the screen URL's!
It's impossible to read the text without continually scrolling back and forth.
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Nov 2014, 16:58    Post subject:  

@ Fossil,

http://tinyurl.com/1-Cheapest

http://tinyurl.com/2-Audiophile

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Nov 2014, 11:02    Post subject:  

@ETP. Thank you for the abbreviated URL's but my original post was to state that the whole page was grossly extended across the screen due to the very long web-links. This makes reading a series of replies an exercise in scrolling back and forth across each line both wearying and visually, physically, nauseating. Footnote: the whole page is still vastly distended due to the original URL's. Perhaps you could please delete them and replace with the newer abbreviated ones?
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Nov 2014, 11:52    Post subject: ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014  

@ETP

I plan to buy a chromecast next time I'm in town, will try ChromeCast Pup soon.
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PostPosted: Mon 03 Nov 2014, 12:45    Post subject: ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014  

@ Fossil,
I have done as you suggested plus added a load of hard returns to narrow the post down.
Thanks for pointing out this issue.


@Billtoo,

Quote:
I plan to buy a Chromecast next time I'm in town, will try ChromeCast Pup soon.


They have now been on the market for over 12 months and have matured.
I must confess that I was sceptical but have not been disappointed having bought one some weeks back.

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PostPosted: Mon 03 Nov 2014, 17:08    Post subject:  

mirrored here: http://archive.org/details/Puppy_Linux_chromecast_pup

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Nov 2014, 03:59    Post subject:  

Hello @ETP.
    Scenario - Here is an initial report. I begin by sharing that I am running from a 8GB USB stick.
  1. xz was used to create my USB stick.
  2. Booted on USB on HP Touch Laptop.
  3. The default boot did not take me to a desktop; rather it took me to a prompt
  4. xwin did not start the desktop
  5. xorgwizard offer a unaccelerated driver. Taking this, I was able to use
  6. xwin to get the start to support.
  7. Next, I went to FirstRUN to make local initial changes. This completed and desktop was restarted.
  8. Upon return, I got an error message at desktop restart (see below)

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Nov 2014, 06:19    Post subject: ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014  

Hi gcmartin,

Thanks for your initial report. What you are seeing appears identical to the issue that you had back in April when first testing Blue Pup V3.
See:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=769368#769368

In this case you have an unholy mix of Blue Pup & CC Pup. The solution when using the Linux method is to first return the stick
to its virgin state before targeting it with the image.

In Linux use Gparted to do that:

1. Start by clicking on “device” then select “Create Partition Table”

2. Create a single fat32 partition spanning the whole stick accepting all other defaults.

(Do not set any flags or change anything else)


To explain this a bit further, the image will always expand to 3.74GB but the amount of data to be written within the image varies.
CC Pup has less data so some of the data from Blue is not over-written and you finish up with a mix.

There are many reasons for preferring the Windows method when available.
One of those is that you are forced to re-format the stick as a single Fat partition so that Windows can see it and so that win32diskimager can then be used.

Assuming that I transpire to be correct here, I will modify the standard Linux install instructions to always start by returning the target stick to its virgin state.
Edit 7th Nov
Pending a further report I have taken the precaution of adding this step to the Linux install instructions in the OP of this thread and in Blue Pup V6.

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PostPosted: Tue 04 Nov 2014, 07:11    Post subject: ChromeCast Pup V1 Unleashed 2nd Nov 2014  

I installed ChromeCast Pup Version 1 to an 8gb sdhc card.

Computer
Processor 8x Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2600 CPU @ 3.40GHz
Memory 3104MB (194MB used)
Machine Type Physical machine
Operating System Quirky Tahr
User Name root (root)
Date/Time Tue 04 Nov 2014 06:07:38 GMT
Display
Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
OpenGL Renderer Gallium 0.4 on NVC8
X11 Vendor The X.Org Foundation

I don't have a chromecast yet but the installation is working okay.

EDIT: I have a chromecast installed and working.
It also works in Quirky 6.2.1 running Chromium Browser.
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Nov 2014, 11:08    Post subject: Videostream for Google Chromecast
Subject description: New version released 12th November
 

An update for the Chrome extension Videostream is now available.
Before installing this new version (2.0.0.3) the existing version must
be manually removed. To do that:

1. Visit Chrome Settings/Extensions.

2. First disable & then remove (bin) the current version.

3. Exit then re-launch Chrome.

4. Visit the following link to install version 2.0.0.3
http://tinyurl.com/pgyt6gv
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PostPosted: Sun 16 Nov 2014, 11:46    Post subject:  

Hello @Billtoo.

I see this post from you, below. Where you indicate Chromecasts that work, are you referring to the Chromecast "dongle" with HDMI port?

Curious to which you refer toward the end of that post.

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PostPosted: Sun 16 Nov 2014, 11:57    Post subject:  

gcmartin wrote:
Hello @Billtoo.

I see this post from you, below. Where you indicate Chromecasts that work, are you referring to the Chromecast "dongle" with HDMI port?

Curious to which you refer toward the end of that post.


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Nov 2014, 12:05    Post subject:  

The LAN icon on the tray is missing some key features.

@01Micko has updated this with its reporting the IP address that the system currently has. Chromecast, being LAN based, is missing this important feature. Further, when one using the "Disconnect" option of that service, the toggle to allow "reconnection" does NOT appear as expected.

Much nice work here. Expect a "casting" report as this LAN service is getting a lot of awareness now that smartDevices are showing up everywhere.

Hope this helps

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