Raspberry PI setup PART – 1

Raspberry Pi is a small size (slightly larger than a credit card) computer. It looks like a regular pc card, but the small board includes almost everything a computer should have. We will try to including necessary tips for you to start working with Raspberry Pi. To review this product, we bought Raspberry Pi from this link.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008PT4GGC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B008PT4GGC&linkCode=as2&tag=c0a5-21

 

The delivery was superfast, we ordered on Friday evening, item despatched on Saturday and it was delivered on Sunday!. The package is minimal and and for a minute, you may think there is nothing in the package as Raspberry Pi is pretty light.

 

All the package includes is the little board, and nothing else. There is not even a manual but you can get all the necessary information on the web.

 

To setup and connect Raspberry Pi, you need

 

1x SD Card (4 GB is ideal but we purchased a 16GB SD card from this link)

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0013AV9TW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=19450&creativeASIN=B0013AV9TW&linkCode=as2&tag=c0a5-21

 

1x Micro USB cable. This cable is quite common and you may already have it at home. As an example, Kindle Readers also uses this cable. We had a Samsung S3 cable with plugin and it was all we needed to power this little computer.

 

1x USB Keyboard.

 

1x USB Mouse (not necessary but it is handy in graphical environment)

 

1x HDMI to HDMI cable (standard 19pin)

 

1x Ethernet cable (to connect to Internet – you can also have an USB wireless adaptor)

Before we can set the computer up, let’s first format it. Go to this website

 

https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter_4/eula_windows/SDFormatterv4.zip

 

and download/unzip and run the file. Insert your SD card into your computer and run the software. Quick format option is OK.

 

Once formatting is complete, go to

http://downloads.raspberrypi.org/NOOBS_latest

 

and download the zip file. It is almost 1.3GB so it may take some time. Unzip the file, and copy all the files into SD card. This is all you need, you don’t need a special copy mechanism. Now your SD card should be ready.

 

Information & Communication Technologies