Upgrade after long absence.

I gave my Raspberry Pi 1 B to my nephew for his birthday because he absolutely adores MineCraft. Pis are perfect for children because they are slow enough to not be as addictive as gaming on his mom’s cell phone while still allowing for good educational fun.

And I gave my Raspberry Pi 1 B to my nephew for his birthday so that I could have an excuse to upgrade to a Pi 3. After Christmas I had a chance to put the micro sd card from my Pi 1 into the new Pi 3 and see if it would accept it. It did! I ran updates of raspi-config and apt-get update and apt-get upgrade and all seems to be working well. New hardware would normally be a good time to start a fresh distro but I just recently completed the update to Raspbian Stretch and don’t feel the urge to do it all again.

I am noticing great improvements with the additional 1/2 gig of RAM in the 3. WordPress updates take moments where before I would let them run in the background and move on to other tasks. Also, my backup program, BackWPup would often time out and fail on the Pi 1. I had almost begun questioning if Apache and WordPress on a Pi were good long term solutions. With the Pi 3 I am back on board. I think they are excellent tools for a hobbyist Linixer like me.

My unsuccessful attempt at playing Minecraft.

In early March I spent over two weeks breaking and then rebuilding my raspberry pi webserver. I just wanted to play a game and the whole site came tumbling down.

You see, my neighbor girl, whom I was watching, was obsessed with these YouTubers who recorded themselves playing Minecraft. The videos were mildly entertaining for the first few hours but became quite annoying after that. Wouldn’t she rather play Minecraft?

I can’t install any paid apps on her little notebook pc but fortunately Minecraft comes on my raspberry pi which she can use remote desktop to access. The problem was that the game would never load. I would only get a black window.

Hm…? Probably outdated X windowing systems. I update regularly but maybe now would be a good  time to upgrade to Raspbian  Jessie. So I started that upgrade and said yes to everything. Yes, yes was not the always the correct answer.

Grinding halt. I couldn’t even get a login script… And to top it all off I discovered at this point that Minecraft for pi doesn’t work remotely. No wonder!

Fortunately, a wise person early on told me “why don’t you just start a fresh image? It won’t take very long.” So that is what I got to do.

Unfortunately I don’t keep backups of the pi because the only I currently know how is by swapping the microsd into a laptop. So even though I could not log into the pi I hoped to at least pull my website and some other files info off of if manually. First I had to teach myself about Linux partition EXT formats. Then I had to find a way to mount that type of system to my PC. I discovered that Paragon Software has a drive mounting program. I am familiar with Paragon because I like the free version of their partition manager. (After the trial period the program will only allow the user to use a few basic tools. Fortunately those are the only tools I ever need.)

Once I had it mounted in a readable format I was able to copy everything to my laptop and free up the flash drive to be reformatted. And I was off! Of course, I abandoned my attempt to load Minecraft and instead loaded WordPress. Better use of my time anyway. And my neighbor girl doesn’t watch Minecraft videos anymore anyway. Now she just plays with fidget spinners.