Raspberry Pi First Setup and Installation
After the 4th year anniversary of Raspberry Pi the new model, Raspberry Pi 3, was released. This release is much different and more special, not only because it is a very fast Raspberry Pi edition but also because it has Wifi and Bluetooth connection. It is believed, it will attract a wider fan base.
Anyway, in this article we will explain for old fans and first timers, how to install and use the Raspberry Pi software on the SD Card. If you do not want to go through all the trouble you can you check out our recommended Preloaded 8GB Class-10 Micro SD Card Here.
List of Needs
- Raspberry Pi 3. Click for Info
- 5 Volt micro-usb Raspberry Pi power adapter Click for Info
- Micro SD Card Class-10 ( at least a 4GB card) Click for Info
- Win32DiskImager ( you need this program to copy the software onto the card) Download Page
- You are now ready to taste some raspberries.
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Raspbian OS Download
Find this link on raspberry.org website
And on it you will find two versions of the operating system ‘Jessie’.
- The regular version has a full GUI - graphical user interface – for easy usage especially the first timers. In other words, it has a desktop.
- The Jessie lite has a (terminal) interface for advanced users, and it is useful for certain projects.
You porbably should use the regular one, it is downloaded as a compressed ZIP file.
Installing Raspbian on a Micro-SD Card
After downloading the zip file , we open Win32DiskImage program that we mentioned earlier. Just select the zip file from the its download location.
Then, it goes to the device section and asks you to plug in you SD card. It finds it and all you have to do is press (Write). The copying process begins; it takes about 2 to 3 minutes. If you see a popup window saying ‘Write Successful’ then you are good to go.
Connecting and Booting Raspberry Pi
It now time to give life to your Pi. You will need to connect it to an HDMI screen or use a HDMI-VGA converter if you have an old one. Next, having put the loaded SD card into the Raspberry Pi, and having connected a mouse and a keyboard to it, you just need to give it power. It uses micro USB power, just like the one you use to charge your Android Phone.
First you will see a screen that looks like this:
The opening screen would look like this:
At last your happy ending will be on screen; you will see the desktop and you are set to start you Raspberry Pi experiments.
Be aware , more articles are coming your way. Stay tuned.