my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?
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my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by tldr on Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:07 pm

got a couple of sets of chumby guts from the maker shed way back when. they've been happily serving cats, bunnies, earthquake maps and all matter of other interesting and pertinent data for about 3 years, now, but the days of the chumby servers seem to have come to an end. all that's left is a clock. we are bereft.

maybe there are parts i can use with my pi...

well, i just watched a video of becky assembling a set of guts and it looks like the video cable is probably not compatible with the connector on the pi. probably won't fit, but i can still salvage the speakers, the switch and the wifi dongle. guess i can hook up to the daughterboard and see if i can talk to the accelerometer.

yeah, i know, i should just find a linux distro that was built for the chumby without all the flash stuff, but it would be really cool if that screen would work on a pi.
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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by adafruit_support_rick on Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:11 am

If screens are just NTSC composite video in, then they ought to work. If they're VGA, then nope, sorry.

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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by adafruit on Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:21 pm

The chumby video screens are 'raw' displays, they wont work with the Pi - but we do have many NTSC/HDMI displays you can use in the shop!
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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by tldr on Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:15 pm

i was wondering if it would fit the video dsi header on top of the pi, but it doesn't look like a good fit. it's not so much that i want a display for the pi, but that i was looking for a way to recycle some parts from the chumby. i kind of prefer my pis headless anyway with buttons and knobs for input and festival for output. as long as i can get it to speak its ip address i can always ssh in.
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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by clq on Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:41 pm

From the postings, I can't tell which type Chumby is being talked about (Classic, Chumby One or Chumby 8).
I really love the Chumby 8 case and was wondering if anyone had ever taken one apart to see what type screen is in it. It would seem that the screen in the Chumby 8 would be a good candidate for conversion to working with a raspberry pi, but I am not ready yet to tear my functional one apart.
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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by paulf8080 on Wed Dec 24, 2014 3:53 pm

I use my Chumby 8 as my bedside alarm clock so I am glad that still works. Sorry about the servers. Somebody donated the servers after Chumby company died.

It has a nice 8" touch screen. Wasn't the hardware open source so users could hack them?

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Re: my chumbys are dying, will the screens work on a pi?

by clq on Wed Dec 24, 2014 5:43 pm

I still use my Chumby One for my beside alarm clock. The Chumby servers are back online now and you can access them for some amount of money per month. My Chumby 8 is setting in the dining room running an older version of Zurk's offline firmware. It cycles between a clock, weather bug and Google calendar. The problem is the Google calendar flash can no longer access Google. Yes the Chumby hardware is suppose to be hackable, but you can't find much information about it like you can for the raspberry pi. I am trying to find a dead Chumby 8 so I can tear it apart instead of my functional one. I will probably upgrade my Chumby 8 to the latest version of Zurk's offline firmware and see if that helps.
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