Raspberry Pi Wall Google Calendar

Equipment you will need Home network (wireless if you can't run a cable to the Pi) Raspberry Pi  SD card 2GB or larger AC A...

Equipment you will need

  • Home network (wireless if you can't run a cable to the Pi)
  • Raspberry Pi 
  • SD card 2GB or larger
  • AC Adaptor 
  • Micro USB cable
  • USB keyboard and mouse
  • USB wireless adaptor 
  • HDMI cable
  • Wall mountable HDMI capable monitor or any monitor with some kind of HDMI converter
  • Wall bracket for your monitor

Step 1: Raspberry Pi Setup

First, we'll set up the Raspberry Pi, to do this you'll need to have Raspbian installed. You can buy a Pi with Raspbian pre-installed or you can use a 2GB or larger SD card that you already have.
we are using an SD card we already have. Plug the SD card into your computer and download the latest Raspbian http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/raspbian_latest
We are using windows so we unzipped the file and used win32diskimager (http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager) to write the Raspbian image to the SD card.
If you are still not sure there is a tutorial here http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup

Ok, now we have Raspbian installed it's time to get our Pi up and running, plug in your SD card, Wi-Fi dongle, USB keyboard, Ethernet cable to your router, HDMI to your monitor and lastly the micro USB cable to the power socket. The first time you boot up you'll end up with the configuration screen.
The changes you need to make are:

  • Expand the filesystem so Raspbian utilizes the entire SD card
  • Change your password
  • Enable boot to desktop
  • Set your language, region and time zone into advanced options
  • Change your hostname so you can recognize your Pi on the network.
  • Enable SSH so you can access your PI from a computer on your network.
  • The select finish which should restart your Pi.

  • Step 2: Keyboard and Updates

    Now to update your Pi, type the following commands:

    • sudo apt-get update 
    • sudo apt-get upgrade

    Step 3: Wireless Setup

    If you just want to use Ethernet you can skip this step.

    To get your Wi-Fi dongle working you may need to edit the wpa_supplicant.conf file by typing

    sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf

    Then make it look like this:

        pairwise=CCMP TKIP
        group=CCMP TKIP
        ssid="your network ID in quote marks"
        psk="your network password in quote marks"

    To save the file press ctrl + x then Y and enter to save

    Restart the Pi by entering:

    sudo reboot

    You should be able to see if your Wi-Fi dongle has an IP address with the command

    sudo ifconfig

    You should get something like this

    wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 64:66:b3:06:43:1b
              inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:912384 errors:0 dropped:121692 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:706463 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
              RX bytes:694114055 (661.9 MiB)  TX bytes:71017681 (67.7 MiB)

    Step 4: Iceweasel

    Now we’ll install a browser that actually displays your google calendar properly. Iceweasel is a derivative of Mozilla’s Firefox, to install enter the following command.

    sudo apt-get install iceweasel

    Type y and hit enter to complete download and install.

    Once complete Iceweasel should pop up in the menu under internet, open it so we can start configuring. First, open up your google calendar and save the password in case you get logged out at some point. Now set google calendar as your start page.

    Now we need to disable restore pages after a crash in case of power outage google calendar might not show up by itself which is annoying if you have no KB/Mouse connected.

    Type in about: config in the address field and hit enter.
    Now find the "browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash" line and double click to change it to false.

    Hit the F11 key to go fullscreen and hover your mouse at the very top of the screen then close the browser once the x appears in the top right corner.
    Re-open the browser and it should open to your google calendar and still be full screen.

    We also want Iceweasel to start automatically so we’ll need to change the autostart options.

    sudo nano /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart

    add @iceweasel to the list
    now press ctrl+x the Y and enter to save the changes

    Step 5: Cursor and Powersave

    The next step is to get rid of that pesky mouse cursor and stop the screen from going to power save/sleep mode.
    First, we’ll install Unclutter to get rid of the cursor when it’s not in use.

    sudo apt-get install unclutter

    Now we need to edit the /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf file to prevent powersave/sleep mode

    sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

    Move down to: [SeatDefaults]
    Change this line:

    to this:
    xserver-command=X -s 0 –dpms

    now press ctrl+x then Y and enter to save the changes
    Now it’s all setup you can plug it in to your wall mounted monitor and turn it all on.
    If something stops working just unplug the pi then plug it back in, hey presto she starts again.
    Unfortunately my spare HDMI monitor does not have the screw holes for a wall mount bracket.
    I have decided to use an old VGA monitor I had laying around, just have to wait for the HDMI to VGA converter.



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