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Question Rasbery py for simulador

Discussion in 'Forum and Website' started by Rogerio Zaramello, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Rogerio Zaramello

    Rogerio Zaramello one Project Gold Contributor

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    good morning see if you can help me. I'm thinking and communicating the games with the simulator via Rasberry py knows. know if I can install simtools on Linux.
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    SimTools is a Windows application. You would have to look at Wine or similar emulation apps for Linux and even then I am not sure it would work, as I have never tried it. Nor is the Raspberry Pi suitable for runing modern games.
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    And to go further on what @noorbeast said, if you are thinking about using the Pi for controlling movement motors, it’s not a good choice there, either since the Pi runs a multitasking, multiuser, operating system. Way more complex than you need to run motion but way underpowered to run the applications that you would use to drive a motion sim.

    For controlling motion motors, most use Arduino-like systems. Arduinos are single-minded systems that do one or a very few things well and pretty fast. Those are great for taking commands from SimTools and making sure motors do what you want.

    Like noorbeast said, you might be able to get SimTools running under Linux with something like Wine, but it would take just as powerful of a computer system as people run with Windows to do that and then a lot of deep dive Linux and Wine work, and be quite a project.
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    The YawVR uses a pi and I like it. But the pi isn't doing anything else. I have thought about how neat it would be to have mame on it and have an all-in-one motion arcade type thing.
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    and if you're looking for more speed, you can prefer a Teensy (chip frequency is much higher but still compile arduino code)
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    It’s not impossible to use a Pi for motion simulation. If you are familiar with Linux and the Pi you can cut out lots of fat in an install and free up lots of cycles for motion responsiveness. I don’t know if the YawVR people do that or not, though. They probably had a good reason to use a Pi over an Arduino. New Pi4 units are pretty peppy and may not need that. They may even use the 3. But for DIY skill levels, most go with Arduino that I’ve heard about. Those you program and forget.

    If you haven’t already, or if you can’t just download a new image, I would recommend making a backup of the SD card. (Etcher can do that and there are other options too.) If you don’t shut the Pi down before you kill power, there is a very slight chance the SD card can be corrupted and become unbootable. It’s rare but I’ve had it happen to me. There is another issue as well - the Pi usually runs a full up OS and can become a vulnerability on your network if it has access to your home network. If it does sit on your network, you need to do occasional OS updates (it may do this periodically on its own) to minimize the vulnerabilities but OS updates can always break various things. There is also a lot of security functionality that generally isn’t enabled on a new Pi OS.

    I’m not knocking the Pi in any way or even questioning their use in this application. But being full-on computers, keeping them backed up and updated starts getting important if they are connected to and visible on your network and those are also considerations in provisioning a motion sim.
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