Setting Up A Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi can be tricky to set up so we have this guide for you to save and follow. After all we are just making your Pi life easier.

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This is the micro USB cable – it will power the raspberry pi when we turn it on – without it your pi will have no power! This is also the most commonly missed step – lots of people think when its connected to the TV and they have plugged in their mouse and keyboard that its done and ready to rock and take a while to figure out that it needs a power supply!

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The SD card you need will look like any micro SD card – you will need at least 8GB and it must also be a Class 10 if you are making the card yourself or when you buy one with your pi it will be pre installed and ready to go! If you need to make your own SD card, you should add Raspbian that the program I have used on my pi and it gives you everything you need!

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This is the HDMI cable that you connect into your raspberry pi. The other end of the cable goes straight into the back of your television!

Here are some step to step instructions to help you…

  1. Begin by slotting your SD card into the SD card slot on the Raspberry Pi, which will only fit one way.
  2. Next, plug in your USB keyboard and Mouse into the USB slots on the Raspberry Pi.
  3. Make sure that your monitor or TV is turned on, and that you have selected the right input (e.g. HDMI 1, DVI, etc)
  4. Then connect your HDMI cable from your Raspberry Pi to your monitor or TV.
  5. If you intend to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet, plug in an ethernet cable into the ethernet port next to the USB ports, otherwise skip this step.
  6. When you are happy that you have plugged in all the cables and SD card required, finally plug in the micro usb power supply. This action will turn on and boot your Raspberry Pi.
  7. If this is the first time your Raspberry Pi and NOOBS SD card have been used, then you will have to select an operating system and configure it.

Now here is the complicated bit…

  1. After you have successfully logged in, you will see the command line prompt pi@raspberrypi~$
  2. To load the graphical user interface, type startx and press Enter on your keyboard.

Still don’t get it. Don’t worry… The Raspberry Pi Foundation have created this awesome video to help you, when I was getting started to the Raspberry Pi I used this video…

We hope you found this page useful. More pages coming soon.