Setting up ThinLinx on Raspberry Pi incl. VMware and Headset usage
It is quite a straight forward process under windows. However, using the Pi 4 [ 2 GB Memory / 32GB SD Card ] with a headset and e.g. video conference software through VMware needs a few adjustments and the right headset.
What you need:
- PuTTY [ www.putty.org ]
- ThinLinx - Installer for Pi [ www.ThinLinx.com ]
- ThinLinX Management Software (TMS) [ www.ThinLinx.com ]
- Win32DiskImager [ www.win32diskimager.download ]
- SD Card formatter [ www.sdcard.org ]
Download SD Card formatter and format your SD card. Win32 sometimes gives you an error, so make sure you tick [ Overwrite format ] to avoid it.
Run the ThinLinx installer for the Pi [ www.thinlinx.com ]. It should start Win32 Disk Imager and recognise the SD card automatically. Click [ write ] and [ yes ].
Insert the SD Card into your Pi and start it. The ThinLinx logo should come up and the chrome browser. Close the browser and press [ Ctr + Alt + C ] go to [ configuration ].
In order to make changes you need to have root access to the Pi via SSH key trust. Setup your SSH private key in putty.
Klick [ here ] if you don’t know how.
Start ThinLinx [TMS] and connect it to your Pi. The settings are quite self-explanatory - no explanation here.
Change or add an SSH key to the Pi… Locate and select the devices you want to upload the public key to. Click on [ Upload ] from menu bar.
Select: [ SSH Key ] and locate the public key [ ex. SSHkey.PPK ] then click [ OK ] You will get a confirmation that the key has been up loaded successfully. Once this is completed you will need Putty with the private key to get Root Access to the device.
1. Open PuTTY
2. [[Session > Host Name [[ or IP Address ]] ]].
3. [ SSH > Auth > Private key file or Authentication ]: [ Click on Browser ] and locate your [ .PPK] file
4. Click on [ Open ]
5. Click on [ Yes ]
6. Type root [ Enter ]; Passcode: **** [ Enter ]
7. You are now logged in as [ root ].
In order to use a Headset with your Thin client you need to make some changes in VMware. You should use a USB-Headset. The microphone and audio quality varies between headsets. I used a [ Jabra Evolve 40 ] and it is also working with a [ Windows LifeChat LX-3000 ].
After log in through Putty and SSH Auth, type the following comments in the shell:
sudo nano /etc/vmware/config
Change the following:
sound.backendType=pulse viewusb.AllowAudioIn=True viewusb.AllowAudiOut=True
Please note that it might cause severe lock-ups. So probably best to see which Headset works best with the Pi and VMware.
Exit file with:
ctrl-o and then ctrl-x