Raspberry Pi - A Brief Introduction and Basic Setup


Raspberry Pi is the small size computer roughly sized as credit card that runs on Linux. The board is relatively very cheap which is $35. The RPi can be used to many things from using is as computer or to make it as small robot. It can be plugged in USB peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.), output video via HDMI and DVI, or even composite out to an old analogue TV.

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Basic Setup

Setting up the RPi is very easy and it will only take in less than 10 minutes to setup and run.

Things needed before start:

- Raspberry Pi
- SD Card(at least 4 gig)
- HDMI supported monitor
- Mouse
- Keyboard
- Power Supply (5V - 1A)
- SD Formatter
- RPi recovery system(NOOBS_v1_2_1.zip)

Setup - RPi:

1. Insert an SD card that is 4GB or greater in size into your computer.
2. Format the SD card so that the Pi can read it by following the steps below.

3. Install the Formatting Tool on your machine.
4. Run the Formatting Tool.

5. Set “FORMAT SIZE ADJUSTMENT” option to “ON” in the “Options” menu.

6. Check that the SD card you inserted matches the one selected by the Tool.

7. Click the “Format” button.

8. Download the NOOBS_v1_2_1.zip from (downloads.raspberrypi.org/recovery).

9. Unzip the RPi recovery system or NOOBS_v1_2_1.zip.

10. Copy the extracted files onto the SD card that you just formatted.

11. Insert the SD card into your Pi.

12. Connect all the connections which is mouse, keyboard and monitor.

13. Finally connect the power supply to the RPi.

Setup - Raspbian

Once boot up for the first time, a menu will prompted(see the image below) you to install one of several operating systems into the free space on the card. The choice means you can boot the Pi with a regular operating system like Raspbian, or with a media-centre specific OS like RaspBMC.

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Once Boot up, we now have most low cost computer running.

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