Configure TFT for Raspberry Pi
paul | Saturday, 17 January 2015 | Pi | TFT

I have source a Raspberry Pi TFT on Ebay. The model is a Waveshare 3.2inch 3.2" 320x240 Touch LCD Screen SPI TFT LCD Display Module for Raspberry Pi B B+.

It does come supplied with a preconfigured Raspian image on a CD but it is possible to load the drivers on to an existing Raspian installation using the instructions below.

Thanks to Imaginal's instructions at:

1) Use FBTFT drivers built into the kernel

sudo REPO_URI= BRANCH=builtin rpi-update
sudo reboot

2) After rebooting, check that SPI was created

# dmesg | grep spi
 Linux version 3.12.25+ (pi@raspi2) (gcc version 4.8.3 20140106 (prerelease) (crosstool-NG linaro-1.13.1-4.8-2014.01 - Linaro GCC 2013.11) ) #1 PREEMPT Sat Aug 2 19:08:33 CEST 2014
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: DMA channel 2 at address 0xf2007200 with irq 77
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: DMA channel 4 at address 0xf2007400 with irq 20
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: SPI Controller at 0x20204000 (irq 80)
 bcm2708_spi bcm2708_spi.0: SPI Controller running in dma mode

3) Add to /boot/cmdline.txt (in one line)


4) To enable console on boot add to /boot/cmdline.txt


5) Also may be useful to add



Then restart the Pi with a sudo reboot and the TFT should now work.


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IBM Notes client user cannot manually Archive any documents or access their mailfile Archiving Settings.
When accessing "Actions" -> "Archive" -> "Archive Settings" then the error message "Invalid or nonexistant document" is displayed.


The users Archive profile document is corrupt.
From workspace hold down Shift and Ctrl keys and then open the users local Address Book (Contacts).
Additional views (which are usually hidden) will be displayed on the left hand navigation menu.
  1. Select the ($policies) view.
  2. Select All documents in the view.
  3. Delete them.
  4. Close the Contacts database.
  5. Restart the Notes client.
Then access the Archive Settings again. The error message should now no longer be displayed.
The client may not have downloaded the policy settings yet. They should come down over the next few client restarts.
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IBM Notes client 9.0.x crashing on receiving Sametime message
paul | Monday, 22 December 2014 | IBM | Sametime

After upgrading some Notes clients to version 9 and then 9.0.1 they experienced regular crashes when they were sent a Sametime message.

The fix was to upgrade the Notes client's Sametime embedded client from 8.5.3 up to 9 as well using the hotfix below.

Title:        Sametime 9 Rich Client new Cumulative Hotfix available - September 2014
Doc #:        1684514

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Movember again!
paul | Friday, 14 November 2014 | Charity | Movember


Tis the season for growing a Moustache to hightlight Male health issues.

A really good cause so please give generously. My Mo is coming along nicely. Thank you.

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SnapDrive install error: Error 1920. Service SnapDrive (SWSvc) failed to start
paul | Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | NetApp | SnapDrive

Recently I had to upgrade some SnapDrive installs, from 6 to 7, after a NetApp ONTAP upgrade to 8.2.1. The setup process failed with the error below:

“Product: SnapDrive - Error 1920. Service SnapDrive (SWSvc) failed to start. Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system services and check your Event Log for more information.”

Apparently the setup program needs Internet access to access a GoDaddy CRL server. Allowing the server Internet access by specifying a valid Internet Explorer proxy setting fixed the issue and allowed the install to complete.

Thanks to Barry Mercer for his blog post which provided the workaround:

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