Setting up a Raspberry pi

How to setup a raspberry pi.

Raspberry Pi is a small, $35 computer that fits in the palm of your hand. It can run a array of low-powered operating system. The Raspberry pi can do all that your Desktop could 5 years down the line. It was launched by Raspberry pi foundation; aimed to teach programming to children all over the world. The RPi has 40 GPIO pins, it is a perfect blend of Micro-controller and a micro-computer. These things made it an instant hit amongst creators, educators, tinkerers and electronics and tech enthusiasts.

There are different models and versions of Raspberry Pi each built specifically for some purpose. The one that we are using is Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, which has a HDMI port, four USB ports, one ethernet port, WI-FI and Bluetooth.

Raspbian the official Operating system of Raspberry Pi. This is the recommended system for beginners and we stick to it for this tutorial.

    What will you be needing?

  • A Raspberry pi 3
  • A Display – Preferably with HDMI port else you would need to buy a converter
    (HDMI to VGA/HDMI to DVI)
  • A USB Keyboard and Mouse
  • A Minimum 8GB SD Card and a Card reader – I recommend buying a minimum 16GB one
  • A Power Supply – Basically a charger. 5v 2.5amps is what Raspberry pi’s official Doc suggests.
    We are using a 5v 2.4amps one

    The setup

  • First you will need to get hold of NOOBS. Download link
  • NOOBS stands for New Out Of Box. NOOBS is a installer that handles the installation part for you.
    It has a few OS Stacks included – We will go with Raspbian
  • Format the SD card
  • Once done, extract the ZIP content into your SD Card. All the necessary files will be transferred
  • When this process finishes, safely eject the SD card and insert into the Raspberry pi

    Setting up the Raspberry Pi

  • After Inserting the SD Card connect the USB keyboard and Mouse, and Ethernet Cable (optional)
  • Now connect the power supply (a micro USB charger)
  • Your Raspberry pi will boot and show you a list of operating system you can select. Select Raspbian from the option and click on install
  • Now sit back and relax as Raspbian installs itself
  • Once the installation process is done the Configuration menu for Raspbian will load up.
  • Here you can change the setting to match your locale, keyboard, enable SSH or VNC and lot other stuff.
    But you can always do that later by typing in sudo raspi-configin your terminal
  • Once you are done, you can use the Tab key on the keyboard to navigate to the Finish
  • You will be prompted for the username and password. The Default: pi&raspberry
  • You are done installing Rapbian…

To learn how to set up SSH & VNC, and to use raspberry pi without monitor (headless) check out this post – Using Raspberry pi without Monitor.

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Rohit Nair

A full stack developer intrigued by AI and automation. Currently works on NLP and ML. Has previous experiences as a MIS and a web developer.

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