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Introducing Notixed - using Pi Zero with your computer

January 8th, 2017

Notixed allows you to use the raspberry Pi Zero simply by hooking it to your desktop or laotop just as you would - any USB device or dongle. The advantage is - you do not need any HDMI display, keyboard and mouse - you leverage the display, kbd and mouse of your desktop or laptop. Moreover, you can also leverage the Wifi of the desktop to access the internet through the Notixed.

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In this blog we will show the changes required to make the notixed work with your computer.

How to Install Driver for NotixED for PiZero

Notixed is an add-on that connects to the Pi Zero. It means no more cables and wires. However, there is a driver you must install. This process should take no more than 15 – 20 minutes.

Materials Required:

1x NotixEd
1x Freshly Burned SD card ( we assume latest version of Raspbian Jessie)
1x Pi Zero
Working Computer

Step One:

First, make sure you have a freshly burned SD card with the latest Raspbian Jessie. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to program a SD card. There’s a link at the bottom of the page on how to install Raspbian Jesse on a micro SD card. There are two files were going to need to change. Cmdline.txt and config.txt.

How to Install Driver for NotixED for PiZero

Notixed is an add-on that connects to the Pi Zero. It means no more cables and wires. However, there is a driver you must install. This process should take no more than 15 – 20 minutes.

Materials:

1x NotixEd

1x Freshly Burned SD card

1x Pi Zero

Working Computer

Step One:

First, make sure you have a freshly burned SD card with the latest Raspbian Jessie. There are hundreds of tutorials on how to program a SD card. There’s a link at the bottom of the page on how to install Raspbian Jesse on a micro SD card. There are two files were going to need to change. Cmdline.txt and config.txt.

Open up config.txt. I will be using Notepad ++ but you can use regular notepad or whatever suits you. Scroll all the way to the bottom and the following text.

dtoverlay=dwc2

Next, open up cmdline.txt Go all the way to the right between “rootwait” and “quiet”. Add the following text:

modules-load=dwc2,g_ether

Save the file and remove the SD card from your computer. Were done with the programming part.

 

 

Step 2:

Now open putty.exe . Ssh into the pi zero by putting in the following command:

raspberrypi.local

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If the command prompt opens prompting for your username, then great! You can skip to step 4. If not, follow step three.

Step Three:

If theres an error message, your device most likely doesn’t recognize the Pi Zero as a Ethernet device. You will most likely have to install Bonjour and/or update your driver software. First,

Install Bonjour. Go to the following site:

https://support.apple.com/kb/DL999?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

Trust me, there’s no virus, its the official apple store. Now, Install bonjour. This is self explanatory. If your having trouble you can follow apples guide on installing bonjour.

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Now, you have to update the driver software. Go to Device Managers. Click under “Network Adapters”. You should see a device called “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”. Right click it and select “Update Driver”. Next, click “Browse my computer for driver software.”

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Next, click “Let met pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.You should see a box with a picture of a certificate with “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”. Click “Next”.

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The driver should start installing. This may take 1 -2 minutes. Once it’s done your device should be able to recognize the Pi Zero.

Step Four:

Try to Ssh into the Pi Zero again using Putty again.

The command prompt should now pop up with the following text:

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Login as you usually would into your pi zero. Now,  do the following command:

sudo raspi-config

You should be brought up to a table with multiple options. Select the first one that says “Expand File System”

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Press Enter. You should be exited out of the interference and brought back in a few seconds later. It will ask to reboot the system. Press “Yes”.

Step 5

Next, were going to want WiFi connection to the Pi Zero. If you ping google.com you’re most likely not going to get a notice that says your Pi Zero is not connected to any Internet connection. You’re going to have to have your computer to trust your Pi Zero. To do this, simply go to Network Connections on your computer. The Pi Zero should come up as an Unidentified Network. Below that should be something along the lines of “USB Ethernet/RNDIS Gadget”.

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Now right click on your Wireless Network. Go down to properties. Now go to the sharing tab. Click on the first box that says “Allow other network users to connect through this computers network connection.” Below that should be a box with the option to choose what computer to connect through your network connection. Select your Pi Zero. Exit out of Network Connections.

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Open up putty again. You’re going to want to reboot your Pi Zero using Sudo Reboot. Now reopen putty. Install the following file using this command:

sudo apt-get install XRDP

Once it installs, reboot your Pi Zero.

Step: 7

Now, Open up remote desktop client.

For your computer, type in raspberrypi.local

Now it will ask you for a module. Put in sesman-Xvnc along with your raspberry pi password and username. Login and you should have the GUI interference for your raspberry pi.

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