[vcf-midatlantic] Monitor needed for museum

William Dudley wfdudley at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 09:31:40 EDT 2017

We are currently trying to install the shutdown button and associated
script, but couldn't install the script as we lost the ability to ssh into
the pi. So we can't power it down properly, we can't edit config files, and
we can't fix ssh without the monitor.

Bill Dudley

On Aug 23, 2017 8:30 AM, "Neil Cherry via vcf-midatlantic" <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:

> On 08/22/2017 08:21 PM, David Ryskalczyk via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> I'll make an EE guess here: When you unplug the DC side, the Pi is shut
>> off relatively
>> quickly so there is little room for bad writes to corrupt the card, or
>> for the voltage
>> to drop low enough for the CPU to execute random instructions but still
>> high enough to
>> run at all. When you unplug the AC side of the power adapter, the
>> capacitance in the
>> power supply causes a much slower drop-off which causes the CPU to
>> execute random
>> instructions, likely writing to the card.
> I think the USB PS tend to be more inductive than capacitive.
> My suggestions? Make the Linux setup as read-only as possible as that will
>> minimize
>> possibility of corruption, and of course, if the image contents are
>> static, keep a copy
>> of the image handy on a nearby PC. Constant writing will quickly kill the
>> SD card
>> anyway.
> This will help, you can setup a share using either NFS or Samba (CIFS).
> You can then write to that.
> But there are some things that need to write to files. The OS part
> of Linux generally doesn't need this but the applications (rsyslog,
> email, etc) does and they also tend to try and write out logs. That's
> a distribution issue.
> Pulling power from the DC end (that part that plugs into the Pi directly)
> is probably not a bad idea. But not until you've run the shutdown cmd.
> So to properly shutdown the Pi, run the shutdown command or use Dave's
> suggestion of the pushbutton solution. I like that one but protect the
> button and don't make it a big red button that say don't push. People
> will want to push it.
> I'm sure there are more than a few of us with stories of idiots pushing
> the emergency power off on mainframes.
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