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First unboxing pictures... maybe?

GizmoB73 New Members

I am not sure if this counts as a first unboxing, but I thought I would share it with you all anyway.

 

I was extremely lucky to be one of the Element14 Road Test winners and this morning and was very surprised and excited to receive a box from Farnell/Element14 via UPS.

 

I should say that it did come with a disclaimer that says it is an R&D Prototype and that it is not necessarily in the form that the final, finished product will be made available.  I guess that is in case any changes are required as a consequence of the compliance testing.

 

At the risk of being deluged with questions that I cannot answer yet, or hate mail from the angry and frustrated (please don't hate me) I thought I would share a few pics before I get back to my day job.

 

 

Sorry, I just had to rip the box open before I got the camera out.

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It really is very neat and small, but the really exciting part should hopefully come this evening when I get chance to power it up!

 

Here it is inside my first box.  It is a plastic business card box that has now been recycled and put to a better use.  This really brings home to me how small the R-Pi really is.

 

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I still have to cut the holes when I get time.

 

I have a lot to learn and a lot of work before my Road Test Review, but I hope you like the pics...

  • 1. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    Montala Level 1

    Thanks for posting those Gizmo,

     

    It would be interesting to know though whether that is actually one of the first 'production models', or indeed just another developement or prototype board.

     

    We still look forward to reading your initial thoughts and findings in due course however, so I can see you are in for a busy weekend!

  • 2. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    GizmoB73 New Members

    From the pics posted on the front of the raspberrypi.org website, they have the bright yellow composite video jack, the same as mine, whereas the other early proto pic I have seen has a black jack, so I would guess it is from that new batch...

     

    Whether it is the same as the final relased production units will depend on the compliance testing and whether any needs to be changed, I imagine.

  • 3. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    jacques_nil New Members

    Please, comeback soon.

    Connect the plugs

    we look forward to your first feelings

  • 4. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    hansco New Members

    Happy for you but how can competition winners get there Pi's before us that got up at 5:30am and fought our way through the chaos to get a order in?

    RaspberryPi.org has just posted the supposedly first pictures of the first boards in the country, these are either a few days old or Farnell has had it's own delivery to be able to deliver to Road Testers as well.

     

    Does anyone have an explanation or we being mushroomed again?

  • 5. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    Liz_Upton New Members

    Liz from Raspberry Pi here - the board that went out as a competition prize was one of element14's qualification prototype boards, not a production board.

     

    ETA: Eben says to tell GizmoB73 that the Raspberry Pi you won is one of a few which he and Pete were working on personally to get ready for EM testing. Hope that adds some sort of frisson!

  • 6. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    tass New Members

    Well done - that's awesome!  Let us know how you get on, it'll be nice to know what your first impressions are.

  • 7. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    GizmoB73 New Members

    Well if it is any consolation, probably just like you and many others, I have followed the foundations progress with eager anticipation for months and I was up at 05:30 too and spent a good few hours hitting the F5 key as soon as I read the announcement at 06:00.

     

    By an incredible stroke of good fortune, I was selected as a Road Test Winner, but as I mentioned in my first post, this is a prototype and not a final finished product.

     

    Thanks for adding some clarity Liz, and to know that Eben and Pete have been personally working on this board is pretty mind blowing.  I think frisson would be an understatement for how I am feeling.

     

    Gizmo

  • 8. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    hansco New Members

    Look forward to your experiences, now I have got over my insane jealousy it will be nice to get an independent view of it.

     

    It would be better for mine and others blood pressure if they didn't keep dangling these carrots under our noses like webinars for boards we cant have and pictures of boxes full of them that they can't ship and either just put the whole thing on hold or send me one and put me out of my misery.

     

    I'm off for a stiff drink, bet gizmo will be up all night playing with his new toy the lucky so and so

  • 9. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    jacques_nil New Members

    Nobody is frustrated or jealous here, element14 is not a kids forum.

    So please, here are some tests we all would like you to do,

     

    what are

     

    the boot time

    the maximum display resolution

    the reported available memory

     

    some usefull commands

     

    Ttcp - measures the point-to-point bandwidth over a network connection

    Hdparm - "-t" and "-T" options can be used to measure disk-to-memory transfer rates

    Dga - the "-b" option measures CPU/video memory bandwidth

     

    some benchmarks

     

    Bonnie++, io throughput benchmark,

    Iozone, broad filesystem analysis. The benchmark tests file I/O performance,

    BYTEmark, CPU benchmark suite, reporting CPU/cache/memory, integer and floating-point performance

    Cachebench, measures bandwidth of the memory subsystem (L1, L2 and main memory)

     

    thx

  • 10. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    Montala Level 1

    That last post should have given you a few ideas Gizmo... assuming that you needed some, that is!

     

    Anyway, it's getting a bit late now here in the U.K., and I'm off to bed.

     

    I am sure though that you will be working all night with your new 'baby', and I will look forward to reading a full report in the morning!

  • 11. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    GizmoB73 New Members

    Ideas are always welcome, time permitting.  Most of this Linux is new to me, closest for me was a DRS6000 about 12 years ago, and I was only writing code on it. You'll need to be patient and type S-L-O-W-L-Y for me, but glad to answer what/when I can.

     

    My SD Card is:

    Samsung 8GB Class 6

    MB-SP8G

     

    Running the "debian6-17-02-2012" image.

     

    From plug to terminal login prompt (not into LXDE), whilst connected to Ethernet, startup time is about 36 seconds.

     

    Screen resolution using xrandr

    1920x1080

     

    Memory using free -m

    total 186

    used 37

    free 148

    shared 0

    buffers 4

    cached 20

     

     

    hdparm -Tt /dev/mmcblk0p1

    Timing Cached reads:  306MB in 2.00 seconds = 152.92 MB/sec

    Timing buffered disk reads: 32MB in 3.07 seconds = 10.42 MB/sec

     

    My very preliminary thoughts are:

     

    Overall response feels capable, but not blisteringly fast when running LXDE.  As the first Debian image, I would imagine there is scope for improvement with future tweaks and builds, but certainly not dissapointing for something so small and cheap.

     

    So far the only real indication to me that this is such a low cost device, is the quality of the SD Card socket.  Having been used to the slick metal spring loaded versions in the past, this is a rather simple plastic friction affair.  If I find myself swapping cards a lot, I might decide to invest in an SD Card extender.  Otherwise, the only other weak point is the micro USB socket, but that should be no surprise to anybody that has used a device with one of these before.  Best to avoid heavy hands and if unplugging a lot (to disconnect the power), then use the other end of the cable, or a power switch.  A careful blob of epoxy glue over the socket and surrounding board would probably strengthen things up too, but I won't be putting any near mine.

     

    I haven't even scratched the surface, but what I like best so far is it's multiple personalities.  It is just a matter of swapping the SD Card and in a few seconds it does something different.  I am keeping plenty of card backups at regular intervals, it is a simple task and makes it so easy to roll back if something goes wrong.  It is such a simple and obvious thing, but I hadn't anticipated how useful/empowering that would be as a linux noob.

     

    I don't feel like I have done very much this evening, but really need some sleep now.  Well, I will try anyway.

  • 12. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    morgaine Level 15

    Great stuff GizmoB73, it's very cool to read your experiences.

     

    And I echo what jacques_nil said, nobody here will get annoyed at anything you write, good or bad, newbie or expert, it's all useful input on the Pi experience and interesting.  All the people who have the pettiness to get annoyed are on the official forum, which encourages intolerance.

     

    I ran up the Fedora 14 Remix distro for the Raspberry Pi under QEMU emulation a little while back, and reported on the info revealed by running some standard commands, see here:

     

        http://www.raspberrymod.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=511&p=997#p997

     

    If you have a moment to run the same commands on your live hardware and paste the result, it would be interesting to see how it compares with the emulation.  The fact that mine was Fedora and yours is Debian will make some difference, but most things should be identical.

     

    Morgaine.

  • 13. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    Colin Barnard Level 7

    [quote]what I like best so far is it's multiple personalities. It is just a matter of swapping the SD Card and in a few seconds it does something different.[/quote]

     

    Many moons ago there was a terminal type PC called an Einstein, it didn't have an OS, one purchased - 51/4" floppies that contained the emulated OS (such as they were) of your choice.

  • 14. Re: First unboxing pictures... maybe?
    jacques_nil New Members

    Thank you for he post Gizmo, that is interesting.

     

    10.4 MB/s for the disk read speed looks quite low for a class 6. Should be around 20MB/s

    Do you have the write speed ?

     

    Another nice and simple test would be to try some HD video steamig over the network,

    this would invalidate (or validate) the therory that the shared ethernet over usb is a huge bottleneck.

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